The organizers of the All Africa Music Awards, known more commonly by its short form, AFRIMA have announced the opening of the submission period for the 2016 edition.
Submissions began to be accepted on 30 May and the deadline for submissions is 30 July.
AFRIMA will be accepting entries into various categories and the award is open to Artistes, Songwriters, Video Directors, Music Producers and
Music/Entertainment Journalists as well as unrecorded artistes.
The calendar of activities for this year reveals that the All Africa Music Awards will take place in Gambia, Nigeria has hosted the previous two editions of the award.
Supporting the awards this year is the African Union with Angela Martins, the Head of Culture Divisions of the African Union Commission, saying at the 2016 launch;
“We will continue to promote regional and continental integration of Africa using the potential of this creative industry, which is music, by linking the activities of the artistes to the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance, the African Youth Charter and the AU Plan of Action on Cultural and creative industries.”
She again referred to the award as a promising space for youth development, alluding to their willingness to continue developing the African youthy and celebrating them, using AFRIMA.
Mike Dada who is the President and Executive Producer of AFRIMA while calling for the submissions warned that;
“No matter how popular an artiste or their works are, if they don’t submit them for the awards, they will stand no chance of winning as the AFRIMA jury will not go sourcing for artists’ works themselves.”
Adding that the voting period for the general public begins 26 August, while the AFRIMA Academy will start its own judging process on 26 September. The entire voting process will close on 5 November.
AFRIMA is a music property that was developed to celebrate, reward and showcase the rich musical culture of Africa, stimulate conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the globe about the great potential and values of the African culture and artistic heritage for the purpose of creating jobs, reducing poverty, calling attention of world leaders to Africa and promoting the positive image of Africa to the world.
With such a promising vision, it is in the interest of everyone involved in the music business to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in AFRIMA, to submit an entry, you can go here.