The Recording Academy launched extra particulars about its charge construction for “excess entries” in a memo to all voting members on Friday (July 1).
As beforehand introduced, all skilled and voting members of the academy might be allowed to make 5 courtesy entries yearly as a advantage of membership. But members must pay a charge for every entry past the 5 allowed except they’re able to acquire a waiver.
In an effort to get voters to vote promptly — slightly than wait till simply earlier than the voting interval closes, as individuals are inclined to do — the academy has adopted a multi-tier pricing technique. “Early bird pricing” (July 18 – July 31) is $40 per entry (after the 5 courtesy entries). “Standard pricing” (Aug. 1 – Aug. 21) is $75 per entry (after the 5 courtesy entries). “Final deadline pricing” (Aug. 22 to Aug. 31) is $125 per entry (after the 5 courtesy entries).
Before this yr, there was no restrict on the variety of entries a member may make. The academy instituted a restrict of 5 entries — except the member is keen to pay the additional cost — this yr for the primary time.
In its letter to members, the academy defined its considering: “The Academy has enacted a per-entry fee structure this year to encourage entrants to consider the value of each entry and make mindful decisions to put forward work that they truly believe is Grammy-worthy… The payment system is built into the OEP [online entry process] website and allows for secure payment by credit card.”
The academy does, nonetheless, permit members to enchantment the five-entry restrict. “In order that the entry fees not be a barrier to entry in the process, our members can request additional courtesy entries by reaching out to the awards department at [email protected],” the letter reads.
The academy confirmed related flexibility the final two years in permitting members to enchantment for a waiver of the $100 annual membership dues, in the event that they claimed hardship amid the pandemic. But this yr the academy introduced that the dues waiver won’t be continued for a 3rd yr.
The letter to members contained two different newsy gadgets. Among them, for the primary time, the academy will let entrants know of the “final placement” of their entries after the screening committees have met however earlier than voting begins.
“In order to improve your voting experience, after our screening committees have met, we will be emailing entrants with the final placement of their entries,” the letter reads. “You will receive this information prior to the first-round ballot, so that you’ll know the final category placement before voting begins.”
The academy should know that it will open the door to last-minute appeals from label executives satisfied that their artist is being mis-categorized within the Grammy course of. Previously, the academy may say “The ballots have gone out. There’s nothing we can do at this point.” How the academy will deal with these last-minute appeals now’s unknown.
The letter additionally specified that there might be just one entry interval this yr. The academy will open the net entry course of for the sixty fifth Annual Grammy Awards at 9 a.m. PST on July 18 and shut it on Aug. 31.
Eligible recordings will need to have been commercially launched within the U.S. on one of many permitted streaming platforms or by means of a nationwide third-party retailer (for craft entries) and have been initially launched inside this eligibility interval: Oct. 1, 2021 – Sept. 30, 2022. That is the traditional eligibility interval, following three consecutive years during which the eligibility interval differed from that.
The eligibility yr for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards closed one month early, on Aug. 31, 2019. That change was the results of the Grammy telecast being moved up two weeks to Jan. 26, 2020, to keep away from going head-to-head with the 92nd annual Academy Awards. The eligibility interval for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards additionally closed one month early, on Aug. 31, 2020. That change was because of the pandemic making the academy’s screening course of tougher. The eligibility interval for the 64rd Annual Grammy Awards lined 13 months, from Sept. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021, because the academy sought to get again on schedule.