How Do I Submit

The process includes these four rounds: submission, screening, first ballot and second ballot.
(1) In April/May, an entry is submitted through our online form.
(2) In June, the Dove Screening Committee convenes to examine each submission and verify it meets eligibility.
(3) In July, GMA Professional Members vote to determine the official Dove nominees.
(4) In August, all GMA members vote to determine the Dove winners.

Each year’s eligibility is based on release dates from May 1 to April 30 preceding the Dove Awards year. For example, the 2021 awards eligibility period is May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021.

The submission process is entered by either one of these two methods.
(1) A previously approved Dove Registered Entity (DRE) will be invited to submit in April. Click here to apply.
Or
(2) An eligible GMA Professional Member will be invited to submit in May. Click here to join.

GMA must receive each submission from one previously approved Dove Registered Entity, or three or more of its Professional Members, for that entry to advance to the screening round.

Organizations who represent two or more commercially supported artists/songwriters/films are invited to apply for status as a Dove Registered Entity (DRE). Click here to complete your application by February 28. Submissions by a DRE will advance to the first ballot, provided they meet requirements under "Rules & Definitions" and also "Policies & Procedures."

Each year GMA receives more than 4,000 submissions, and we want to serve you well. Separate time periods for organizations and individuals to submit helps our team better assist with your questions and issues.

Albums must be comprised of no less than five songs and must have first week sales tracked by either Christian SoundScan or general market SoundScan during the current eligibility period.

Recorded songs must be included on a qualified album (see above) or must be released to national radio as a single during the same eligibility period.

The Dove Screening Committee involves more than 50 industry leaders across all genres and professional experience, with intentional representation across multiple demographics. This group convenes in June to examine each submission and verify it meets eligibility. The committee follows requirements under "Rules & Definitions" and also "Policies & Procedures."

Entries are submitted for consideration. Entries that meet all eligibility requirements are included in the first ballot presented to GMA Professional Members. The results of this ballot determine nominations.

Submitting in April/May is to enter a project or artist for consideration. Voting in July/August is to determine nominees and winners.

To achieve a more well-rounded picture of the year in Christian music, some categories are based on submissions from the industry, and other categories (Artist, Song and Songwriter) are based on metrics for sales and streaming as reported by Nielsen Music Connect.

Craft Committee members are specialists with extensive professional experience in the craft they review. Utilizing those who know the craft best helps ensure excellence and guards against egregious omissions.

Visit CMTA and click the “SoundScan” button, or visit ISRC to obtain ISRC and UPC codes required to register product with SoundScan.  To be eligible, product can be registered with either Christian SoundScan or mainstream SoundScan.

With only a very few performance slots available in the allotted show time, our production team makes those invitations to our nominees.

How Do I Vote

Following this Schedule, you must be an active GMA member by the corresponding membership deadline to be eligible to receive the email invitation to vote.

All eligible members will be invited by email to vote on the opening day of each voting round according to this Schedule. Your email invitation will include credentials and a link to log into the voting site. The voting website is separate from the GMA website.

After a submission is confirmed eligible by the Screening Committee, it goes onto the first ballot for voting by GMA Professional Members in July. Results from this first round of voting determine the official Dove nominees. Those nominees are announced in early August.

The second ballot in August goes to all GMA members. GMA Professional members can access all categories. Academy and Fan members are eligible to vote in up to five categories of their choosing. Winners will be announced live at the 52nd Annual GMA Dove Awards scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

SCHEDULE

Eligibility Period:  May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021


February 28, 2021 Dove Registered Entity Application Cut-Off Deadline for organizations to apply for Dove Registered Entity (DRE) status for 2021 Dove Awards. Applications after this date will not be processed. GMA will notify all applicants of their status by March 31.


April 6, 2021 Dove Registered Entity Submission Active Approved Dove Registered Entities can begin submitting releases and recordings for consideration for 2021 Dove Awards.


April 20, 2021 Dove Registered Entity Entries Due Deadline for approved Dove Registered Entities to submit releases and recordings for consideration for the 2021 Dove Awards. DRE Submissions are due by 11:59 pm CST on this date.


April 23, 2021 Membership Cut-Off for Submitting Entries *Not an approved Dove Registered Entity with the GMA?  In order to be eligible to submit releases and recordings for consideration for the 2021 Dove Awards, you must be a professional member of the GMA by this date.


May 11, 2021 Professional Member Submission Process Active Opportunity for professional members of the GMA to submit entries for consideration for the 2021 Dove Awards.


May 18, 2021 Professional Member Entries Due Professional members entries are due by this date. Submission opportunity will close at 11:59 pm CST.


June 1, 2021 Dove Registered Entity Verification Active Listings of all submissions received will be posted for review to make sure all eligible recordings and releases are included.


June 4, 2021 Product Deadline For projects without whitesheet or metadata files, physical product must be at the GMA office by this date.


June 8, 2021 Dove Registered Entity Verification Due Any changes or submissions by Dove Registered Entities are due by 11:59pm CST on this date.


June 15, 2021 Product Screening GMA appointed committees meet to review products, approve category placement, and eligibility of all submissions made, plus add glaring omissions. All approved releases and recordings will appear in their appropriate categories on the first ballot.  (Submissions can be moved among genre categories or removed from eligibility.)


July 9, 2021 Membership Cut-Off for Voting on First Ballot In order to be eligible to vote on the first Dove Awards ballot, you must be an active professional member in the GMA database by this date.  The first ballot determines nominees.


July 13, 2021 First Ballot Open First Dove Awards ballot is delivered to current GMA professional members for voting via email.  All voting takes place online.


July 20, 2021 First Ballot Closes All votes must be cast by 11:59 PM CST on this date in order to be counted.


August 11, 2021 Nominees Announced at Press Conference Press Conference to announce the 2021 Dove Award nominees, as determined by the first ballot. To be held at Lipscomb University.


August 13, 2021 Membership Cut-Off for Voting on Second Ballot In order to be eligible to vote on the second Dove Awards ballot, you must be an active member in the GMA database by this date.  The second ballot determines the recipients of the Dove Awards.


August 19, 2021 Second Ballot Open Second Dove Awards ballot is delivered to current GMA members for voting. All voting takes place on-line.


August 26, 2021 Second Ballot Closes All votes must be cast by 11:59 PM CST on this date in order to be counted.


October 19, 2021 52nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Presentation of the 52nd Annual Dove Awards from Allen Arena at Lipscomb University.

ALL DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

CATEGORIES

Division I
1.   Song of the Year
2.   Songwriter of the Year (Artist)
3.   Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist)
4.   Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year
5.   Southern Gospel Artist of the Year
6.   Gospel Artist of the Year Category
7.   Artist of the Year
8.   New Artist of the Year
9.   Producer of the Year

Division II
10.  Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
11.  Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
12.  Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
13. Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
14. Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
15. Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year
16. Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
17. Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
18. Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year
19. Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year
20. Worship Recorded Song Of The Year

Division III
21. Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
22. Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year
23. Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
24. Inspirational Album of the Year
25. Southern Gospel Album of the Year
26. Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year
27. Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year
28. Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
29. Gospel Worship Album of the Year
30. Spanish Language Album of the Year
31. Worship Album of the Year

Division IV
32. Children’s Album of the Year
33. Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year
34. Musical/Choral Collection of the Year

Division V
35. Recorded Music Packaging of the Year
36. Short Form Music Video
37. Long Form Music Video
38. Inspirational Film of the Year

WHO GETS THE DOVE AWARD?

SONG of the YEAR
DIVISION I / Category 1
Dove Awards are presented to the songwriter(s) and publisher(s).


ARTIST/NON-ARTIST
SONGWRITER of the YEAR
DIVISION I / Categories 2-3
Dove Awards are presented to the songwriter.


CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/ SOUTHERN GOSPEL/GOSPEL
ARTIST of the YEAR
DIVISION I / Categories 4-6
Dove Awards are presented to the artist and record label.


ARTIST of the YEAR
DIVISION I / Category 7
Dove Awards are presented to the artist and record label.


NEW ARTIST of the YEAR
DIVISION I / Category 8
Dove Awards are presented to the artist and record label.


PRODUCER of the YEAR
DIVISION I / Category 9
Dove Awards are presented to the producer or production team.


RECORDED SONG of the YEAR
DIVISION II / Categories 10–20
Dove Awards are presented to the artist, featured artist(s) and songwriter(s).


ALBUM of the YEAR
DIVISION III / Categories 21-31
Dove Awards are presented to the artist (if prominent on the album) and the producer(s).


ALBUM of the YEAR
DIVISION IV / Category 32-33
Dove Awards are presented to the artist (if prominent on the album) and producer(s).


MUSICAL/
CHORAL COLLECTION of the YEAR
DIVISION IV / Categories 34-35
Dove Awards are presented to the creator(s), arranger(s), and orchestrator(s).


RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING of the YEAR
DIVISION V / Category 36
Dove Awards are presented to the art director(s), graphic artist(s), illustrator(s), and photographer(s).


SHORT FORM/LONG FORM
MUSIC VIDEO of the YEAR
DIVISION V / Categories 37-38
Dove Awards are presented to the artist, featured artist(s), director(s), and producer(s).


INSPIRATIONAL FILM of the YEAR
DIVISION V / Category 39
Dove Awards are presented to the director(s) and producer(s).

Questions? Contact the GMA awards team at dove@gospelmusic.org or 615.270.0133.