Submissions Now Open for 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards with Reduced Fees

Michael Raine
May 17, 2022

Submissions are now open for the 18th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, with early bird rates until May 31, 2022. Again for 2023, the CFMAs have announced reduced submission fees (a reduction of $10-$15 per category).

The 2023 CFMAs will take place March 30 to April 2, 2023, in Vancouver, BC, celebrating Canada's folk community and 2023 nominees and the category recipients.

Submissions are open now, and due to the Covid-19 situation, the CFMAs have decided for this year to again reduce the submission fees for 2023. Instead of $70 for the first category submission and $60 for each subsequent category, pricing will be $50 per category during the Early Bird period, and $55 per category until the submission deadline.

Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally recognized folk music community, the awards currently boast 19 categories plus the Unsung Hero Award. Nominees are chosen for each category. A two-stage jury process by more than 100 jurors located across Canada representing all official provinces, territories, and languages determine the official recipients in each category.


EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION: Apply early and save money! Early bird fees for each category submission is $50, you save $5 by applying before the early bird submission deadline of May 31, 2022 midnight EDT. After May 31, 2022, all category submissions are $55.

FINAL DEADLINE: All submission details and payments must be received through our website no later than 5:00 pm EDT, July 15, 2022. Submissions must have been uploaded and received by our office no later than that date. For more information:

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Canadian artists who have released recordings between May 1, 2021 and July 15, 2022 are eligible to submit to the CFMAs 2023. Complete eligibility requirements are listed here:

Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.