Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Firstfruits Music Awards?
A. It’s a top-tier Christian music awards event limited to 5,000 submissions globally. Our prime objective is to help raise artist awareness including public exposure of the top 24 highest scoring songs of this contest. In addition, artists with the top 12 highest rated songs may be contacted by leading industry professionals who may offer advice and explore potential opportunities in the music business. Opportunities for collaboration may arise, but no guarantees are given. The winner’s cash prize of £25,000, plus the benefits previously described, are some of the key reasons why this event is probably the best option for aspiring Christian artists. Our pledge to invest £5,000 in mission work also illustrates our genuineness to support kingdom focused projects, ultimately giving hope to the lost.
Q. What does your £5,000 pledge to support missions actually mean?
A. This amount will be funded from song submission receipts, which means that in addition to participating in this event, each artist will be actively contributing to kingdom initiatives. During the course of this contest, Firstfruits Music Awards will announce, via this website and social media, the organisation or organisations selected to receive this financial support.
Q. Is the submission of cover versions of Christian songs permissible?
A. Only original songs may be entered into this event.
Q. Is there a limit to the number of songs that I may submit to this contest?
A. Yes, the maximum number of song submissions per artist is 5. This limit has been set to ensure that this contest is fair to all entrants.
Q. The lyrics of my song are not in English, can I still enter?
A. Yes, providing an English translation together with the native lyrics are uploaded during song submission.
Q. If I am from a non-English speaking nation, do I have a realistic chance of winning?
A. Yes, our multistage song evaluation process ensures that every song submitted regardless of the Christian sub-genre or ethnic influence will be evaluated fairly and in an unbiased manner. This assumes that the song lyrics have been provided at song submission in both the original language and in English.
Q. Does Firstfruits Music Awards accept ‘a cappella’ song performances?
A. Yes, we welcome ‘a cappella’ song performances.
Q. When is the competition deadline for song submissions and when will the winners be announced?
A. The song submission deadline for this inaugural event is 31st July 2023, or when 5,000 song submissions have been received. The winner will be announced 60 days from this date.
Q. How do I know this event is legitimate?
A. We would not be able to attract such an elite panel of judges if this event wasn’t legitimate.
Q. Why is the entry fee higher than in some other competitions?
A. This is because this event is limited to 5,000 submissions globally. This means that each entrant’s submission will have a genuine chance of winning this prestigious award. In fact, that equates to you being 6 times more likely to win than those alternative contests that receive in the region of 30,000 submissions annually. The Firstfruits Music Awards is the highest international accolade for aspiring and emerging Christian artists, and is reflected in the £25,000 award and prestigious statue.
Q. Why are there only major cash prizes for the winner and finalist?
A. This is an exclusive award celebrating the very best in Christian music and to have more than two cash prizes will dilute the value of this event. Nevertheless, in addition to these cash prizes, judges may wish to contact the artists with the top 12 highest scoring songs to provide advice and highlight potential revenue opportunities. There could be opportunities for collaborative work, but no guarantees are given.
Q. How is it possible for songs of different genres to be compared equally?
A. The biblical message is a key factor and the genre or delivery mechanism is less important, plus our judges have extensive experience and possess the necessary skills to evaluate entries across all genres in a completely unbiased manner.
Q. What endorsements do you have?
A. Please refer to the response to the question: ‘How do I know this event is legitimate?’
Q. How will entrants be notified of the results?
A. Throughout the competition all entrants will be notified by email and via their online account of the event’s progress and the status of their song/s.
Q. Please explain the competition's evaluation process.
A. During stage 1, the screening panel will carefully evaluate each song submission using the following 7 criteria; Originality, Scriptural Content, Song Lyrics, Song Melody, Song Arrangement, Performance & Commercial Viability. The screening panel is headed by the event founder who has been involved with various Christian ministry activities since 2009. He has worked as an executive producer of Christian film and music and has worked with some of the finest talent in the industry. He also served as a judge for the longest running Christian films award event in the world, specialising in rating the ‘Best Music/Worship Production’ category.
The top 24 highest scoring songs will proceed to stage 2. This is where the general public will be invited to listen to, score your songs and provide valuable feedback. Artists will be able to access this information via their online account.
At stage 3 our judges will be invited to review each of the final 12 songs, applying for the second time, the 7 step evaluation process as described in stage 1. The top two songs with the highest scores will determine the winner and finalist. In the event of a tie, the event founder will select the overall winner.