Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


How can I win an IGAA Award?

All IGAA Awards, except for the People's Choice Award, are merit awards.  You cannot win an IGAA Award just based on radio airplay or chart position. You win based on your artistic merit.  Your work is evaluated by esteemed recording artists, radio programmers, music supervisors, producers, reviewers, and other influencers.

How are the nominees and winners determined?
The judging is a 3-stage process including pre-screening to eliminate non-qualified entries, an in-depth evaluation where submissions are ranked based on the totality of their artistic excellence -- originality, musicianship, and overall quality and then,

a final judging to select the winners. To win an IGAA Award is an absolute true measure of excellence in music and ministry.

Artists are chosen based on the overall success of their music and the effectiveness of their music ministry.


The People's Choice Award is determined by popular vote only.  See FAN PARTICIPATION below for more information on the IGAA People's Choice Award.

When are nominees & winners announced?
IGAA Award nominees will be announced in May 2019; Winners will be announced on July 12, 2019 at IGAA Awards Show at the Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Conference.  

Nominees are notified via the email address provided in their submission registration. (It is important to add to your approved contacts – and notify us if your contact information changes.)

In addition to the official press release, announcements will also posted on the IGAA website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and

in the IGAA email news.

To receive IGAA news and updates, click here to join the mailing list:

Is there a ceremony?
Yes.  The IGAA Awards will be presented at the Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Conference in Chesapeake, Virginia on     July 12, 2019. The top honors will be awarded in between performances by some of the best independent Gospel artists and IGAA Awards nominees.

The annual ceremony and conference celebrates extraordinary indie artists from around the country with showcases, presentations, and honors in 12 categories.

Do I have to attend the ceremony to be named a winner?
No, winners are encouraged to attend, but not required.  Attending will allow you to be there for awesome performances and presentations as well as great promotional and networking opportunities.

I’m not a nominee – why should I attend?
In addition to award presentations and performances, the annual IGAA Conference brings artists and influencers from around

the country together for showcases, discussions, networking and connections with people who can move your ministry to the

next level.

What do I win?
The IGAA Awards elevate the exceptional work of artists and releases from around the country. In addition to the prestige of earning IGAA honors, your best work is showcased to peers and Gospel music industry professionals – including radio programmers, promoters, and the press.

Where’s the cash and prizes?
The IGAA Awards is an awards program based on artistic merit and ranked by esteemed recording artists, radio programmers, music supervisors, producers, reviewers, other influencers.  The IGAA Awards is not a song contest or talent show.




Do I lose any rights to work entered?
No. You maintain all of the rights to your work.

Does my work have to be copyrighted?
It is not a requirement. However, we believe that every artist should have their material protected with a copyright. You can learn more here:

Can I enter cover songs?
Yes. Covers are accepted in all categories, except for the Song of the Year.  All Albums and EPs may contain a mix of cover and original tunes.




How can I enter?
It’s easy to submit using the IGAA Award’s online secure submission portal. Go to the IGAA website,, and select IGAA Awards.  Go to IGAA Award Submissions, and complete the required fields.  


It will require you to submit one or more of the following.  
Songs: Link(s) to download/stream full version
Albums and EPs: Link(s) to download/stream full album or individual tracks (no snippets)
Videos: Link(s) YouTube or Vimeo videos

When is the deadline to submit?
The deadline to be considered for an IGAA Award is Midnight EST, Friday, March 1, 2019. (The IGAA reserves

the right to extend the deadline.)

What does it cost to enter?
There is a nominal processing fee of $35.00 is required per entry - (Select up to 3 categories).  

Why do I have to pay to enter?
The processing fee helps to offset the cost of nomination process as well as marketing support and other expenses for

presenting the show.  This is NOT a pay to win model. There are NO additional fees for promotion. The small fee we charge DOES NOT guarantee nomination or an award.  Only the quality of your submission makes you eligible for nomination. 

How can I pay the processing fee?
You may pay by credit card.

Can I enter work in multiple categories?
Yes, you may enter the same song, album, or EP in up to 3 categories.  However, artists cannot be nominated for both Artist

of the Year and New Artist of the Year.  Please go to the Submission Guidelines page for more details.

How many CDs should I include if I’m mailing in my entry?
All entries must be submitted online. No mailed entries will be accepted.

Which categories should I enter?
Artists may enter their work in up to 3 categories. 

Must all music submissions be original compositions?
No, music submissions can be original compositions or cover songs. 

I entered work, or was asked to submit. Does this mean I’ve been nominated?
No.  Submitting work, or being invited to enter a project is not a nomination. Entries must receive high scores from judges

to be nominated.

OK, I submitted. Will I ever hear from you?
Yes, the IGAA will contact all nominees will be notified via email of their status.  All artists who submit applications will be

placed on the IGAA email list so the IGAA can update you on important IGAA information, news, and opportunities.



How do fans vote?
Everyone can vote for a People’s choice award.  All IGAA Award nominees will be eligible an IGAA People's Choice Award.  

When the nominees are announced, fans can go to the IGAA website,, to vote for their favorite nominee.  The nominee who receives the most tallied votes will receive the coveted IGAA People's Choice Award.

Can I vote for more than one artist?
Absolutely! Fans can vote for up to four (4) IGAA nominees.  

Can I vote more than once for my favorite artists?

Can I change my vote?
Only before you hit the Vote button. Once you submit your vote, you will not be able to change it.


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