Your album/track is eligible for the 2015 CARAs if:
1. It was released to the public in the 2014 calendar year. With so many creative endeavors being released exclusively on the internet recently, we have changed the CARA rule to accommodate these works. Therefore, public release date is the time at which either:
a. your complete, packaged, retail-ready CD was delivered to your group or
b. your work became available online for free or paid consumption by the public
We cannot accept CD-Rs or any other unfinished form of your album/individual tracks, but we will be glad to accept the work the following year, once it has been publicly released.
2. If you are submitting an album, at least one track on the album must be entirely a cappella (use no instruments). In order to be considered in any best album category, more than half of the tracks must be a cappella, but even a single a cappella track will be considered in a best song category. Any tracks with instruments (including percussion instruments) will be disqualified.
If an album contains music of multiple styles, each song will be considered in the category for which it is most appropriate. Our nominating panel listens to every song on every album no matter what (so long as it’s a cappella). You can find out more about what happens once the albums leave your hands by going to the nominations area of this website.
3. It is received at the CASA office no later than December 31. Unfortunately, a postmark of December 31 is not acceptable. We would also like to note that the earlier you send your album the more time we will have to listen. Although our goal is to give every album the same length of time for consideration, and all are re-listened to by nominators between December 31 and January 10, it does make it easier for our nominators if they can spread the initial listening over weeks rather than days. We understand how much hard work goes into album production and we would like to give each disc the attention it deserves.
4. A submission application form has been filled out on carawards.org and submitted by December 24.
1. Fill out the submission application form at carawards.org. If you have questions or would like to follow up on receipt of the form, email Steve Ryan, Director of the CARA program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. If you are submitting a standard format album: Mail us five (5) production copies of the album in final retail packaging with liner notes. CD-Rs or pre-production runs will not be accepted. Consider sending more than the 5 required albums for inclusion in CASA’s charitable Tunes To Teens program. See submission application form for more information.
Mail albums to the following address:
7 Rybury Hillway
Needham, MA 02492 USA
3. If you are submitting an album or individual tracks that were exclusively released online: email email@example.com for an individualized submission solution.
Application for nominators and judges are due.
If you would like the opportunity to participate in the CARA process, please see the application on this website. You may apply at any time during the year to be a nominator in the upcoming cycle. All applications received after November 15 will be considered for the following year.
Nominators and judges selected and notified by email. Nominations begin.
Get your album in before December 1 if possible to ensure that it will be available to nominators when they log in to the system for the first time.
Submission application form is due.
The submission application form on carawards.org must be filled out by this date in order to be considered eligible. You may fill out the form at any time before or after submitting your album.
All album submissions must be received by the CARA administrators.
To be eligible for CARAs, all submission instructions must be completed and albums must be received by this time. Unfortunately, a postmark is not acceptable. Please see submission guidelines for more information.
Nominations are announced on www.casa.org.
Four to five nominees are announced for each of the awards.
Judges log in to the CARA system and begin assessing and ranking the nominees.
One winner and one runner-up is announced for each of the awards.
Certificates and stickers mailed.
Certificates are mailed to the addresses on the submission forms for all CARA winners. If requested, official CARA Winner stickers will also be mailed to winners to affix to the victorious albums.