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© 2019 GUILD OF MUSIC SUPERVISORS, INC. 

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE 

9th ANNUAL GUILD OF MUSIC SUPERVISOR AWARDS

 

 

WHAT ARE THE GUILD OF MUSIC SUPERVISORS AWARDS?

 

The Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards are presented annually at an event hosted by the non-profit Guild Of Music Supervisors 

(www.guildofmusicsupervisors.com) with the purpose of highlighting and celebrating the highest achievement of music use in games, advertising, trailers, promos, film, and television.  The guild has dedicated an Awards Committee and also utilizes sub-committees comprised of professionals working in each media area to evaluate project submissions within their field of expertise and determine the final set of nominees for each award.  The final nominees are then reviewed and voted on by the general Guild Of Music Supervisors members in early January.  The winners will be honored at the awards event on February 13, 2019 which will take place at the Theatre at The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.  

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

 

Music Supervisors do not have to be members of the Guild Of Music Supervisors in order to be nominated.  Self-nominations through the guild web site are strongly encouraged and help the committees navigate the releases of the year, but self-nominations are not required if the committee is compelled to nominate a project based on their review of the releases within the eligibility periods.   

 

ELIGIBILITY PERIODS:

 

To qualify projects must have an initial commercial release in the United States within the specific eligibility period outlined below:

 

Video Games:           2018 calendar year.

Trailers:                    2018 calendar year.

Film:                        2018 calendar year.

Documentary:            2018 calendar year.

Advertising:               November 2, 2017 through December 1, 2018.

Television:                 September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018.

    A one month grace period is given for Programs that premiere all episodes in the ‘full-season release’ model.

   Content that releases on or before September 30, 2018 may be submitted and evaluated by the Committee on a case-by-case basis.

Television Promo:        2018 calendar year.

 

For Film, Television and Video Games the Nominees must be credited as Music Supervisor, unless special circumstances are approved by the Awards Committee, and must have performed in the role as defined by the Guild Of Music Supervisors “Definition Of The Role” found on the guild website:  http://www.guildofmusicsupervisors.com/#!the-role/c1zni

 

More than one Music Supervisor can be nominated for the same film if co-supervision circumstances are confirmed to qualify more than one Music Supervisor.  All decisions related to the final eligibility of nominees and any other interpretation of any awards related rule will be at the sole discretion the Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards Committee.

 

More guidelines specific to each award can be found on the below on the awards list. Note: Category list is from 2018, 2019 changes TBA.

Jump to: FILM  --  TELEVISION  --  DOCUMENTARY  --  TRAILERS  --  PROMOS  --  VIDEO GAMES  --  ADVERTISING

 

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FILM

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM: 

BUDGETED OVER 25 MILLION DOLLARS

Presented for performance as a Music Supervisor on a feature length film of any genre with a production budget OVER 25 million dollars. Achievement is based on the creative, technical and business contributions made to the film.

 

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM: 

BUDGETED UNDER 25 MILLION DOLLARS

Presented for performance as a Music Supervisor on a feature length film of any genre with a production budget UNDER 25 million dollars. Achievement is based on the creative, technical and business contributions made to the film.

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM: 

BUDGETED UNDER 10 MILLION DOLLARS

Presented for performance as a Music Supervisor on a feature length film of any genre with a production budget UNDER 10 million dollars. Achievement is based on the creative, technical and business contributions made to the film.

 

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM:

BUDGETED UNDER 5 MILLION DOLLARS

Presented for performance as a Music Supervisor on a feature length film of any genre with a production budget UNDER 5 million dollars. Achievement is based on the creative, technical and business contributions made to the film.

BEST SONG/RECORDING CREATED FOR A FILM

The song can be written for the film or be an imaginative cover of an existing composition.  Song recording must be created specifically for the film.  The use of an existing recording that has been previously released with no direct relationship to the film does not qualify.  Nominated parties will include Songwriter, Music Supervisor and Recording Artist.  More than one song from a film can be nominated.

TELEVISION

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A TELEVISION DRAMA

Presented for achievements in the Music Supervision of a dramatic television series. Based on the creative, technical and business contributions made for the series body of work during the current eligibility period. Awarded to the credited Music Supervisor(s).

  

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A TELEVISION MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Presented for achievements in the Music Supervision of a comedic or musical television series. Based on the creative, technical and business contributions made for the series body of work during the current eligibility period. Awarded to the credited Music Supervisor(s).

 

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A DOCUSERIES OR REALITY TELEVISION

Presented for achievements in the Music Supervision of a docuseries or reality television series (structured, unstructured or competition). Based on the creative, technical and business contributions made for the series body of work during the current eligibility period. Awarded to the credited Music Supervisor(s).

 

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Presented for achievements in the Music Supervision of a limited television series, long-form television event or motion picture made for television. Based on the creative, technical and business contributions made for the body of work during the current eligibility period. Awarded to the credited Music Supervisor(s).

 

BEST SONG/RECORDING CREATED FOR TELEVISION

Presented for an Original Song (including both music and lyrics) composed and/or an imaginative cover recorded specifically for the television series or motion picture made for television. The Song must be audible, intelligible and presented substantially within the work.  Nominated parties will include the credited Songwriter(s), Music Supervisor(s) and Recording Artist(s) who contributed materially to the overall creative direction and business administration of the Song.

DOCUMENTARY

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR A DOCUMENTARY 

Presented for performance as a Music Supervisor on a feature length Documentary of any genre.  Achievement is based on the creative, technical and business contributions made to the documentary.  Must be released nationally in the year 2018 either through theatrical distribution; through a national television broadcaster/national cable television network; through a mainstream internet streaming service (Netflix, Hulu, etc.); or by a national home entertainment distribution source (nationally distributed DVD, iTunes digital, Amazon, etc.).  

TRAILERS

PROMOS

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN TELEVISION PROMO

Awarded for collective achievement in Music Supervision for television promotions in drama, comedy, musical, reality, sports and/or Network/Platform-branded content across the range of television providers, including free TV, basic/premium cable and streaming platforms. 

VIDEO GAMES

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A VIDEO GAME

Presented for excellence on a soundtrack for a Video Game.  Achievement is based on a soundtrack that truly enhances the overall mood and style of the game, while measuring creativity and strength in song selection and score impact.  Nominations can be games that consist of composed/original music only, licensed music only or a combination of the two.

ADVERTISING

 
 
 
 
 
 

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR TRAILERS

Presented for achievement for the creative contributions to a single Trailer.  The Trailer must have aired between January 1, 2018 and midnight of December 31, 2018.  Music Supervisors are allowed up to 2 submissions for this category. 

BEST USE OF MUSIC IN A SINGLE ADVERTISING SPOT

Awarded to a Music Supervisor and/or Music House for creative achievement of music use (songs, score or combination of both) in a single advertising spot.

BEST USE OF MUSIC BY A BRAND

Awarded for music use related to a specific brand, across all advertising and marketing formats.