A Cappella Video Awards

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The annual A cappella Video Awards (AVA) recognize the best of a cappella video.

The AVA mission reflects that of its parent organization, the Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA): we aim to reward artists that create outstanding work and to promote innovation, creativity, and continued growth of the a cappella medium.

Timeline

October 1 Application for nominators and judges are due.

If you would like the opportunity to participate in the AVA process, please fill out our nominator/judge interest form. You may apply at any time during the year to be a nominator in the upcoming cycle. All applications received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.

October 1 Submission application form due.

The submission application must be completed out by this date in order to be considered eligible.

Mid-October Nominations begin.
Early November Nominations end, 11:59 PST
End of November
Nominees are announced

Nominees are announced in all categories.

Early December
Judging begins

Judges log in to the awards system and begin assessing and ranking the nominees.

End of December
Judging ends, 11:59 PST
TBA Winners are announced live at LAAF and on www.casa.org

One winner and one runner-up is announced for each of the awards.

Eligibility

Your video is eligible for the 2019/2020 AVAs if:

1. It was released to the public between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020. Public release date is the time at which your work became available online for free or paid consumption by the public.

2. It has not been considered in a previous year for AVAs or a CARA video award.

3. It is entirely a cappella (uses no instruments).

4. A submission application form has been filled out on carawards.org and submitted by September 30.

 

Category specific eligibility is determined by genre, voicing and group type. Learn more about our definitions of these classifications.

Submission Instrutions

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 the Awards team at awards@casa.org.

Nomination/Judging Process

The CASA Awards programs allow people all over the world to assist in the nominating and judging process. By using the web, we can get more people involved, and simultaneously guarantee consistently high-quality judging.

Becoming a Nominator / Judge

In order to join a nominating committee, any person may fill out our nominator/judge interest form no later than September 28 (AVAs) / November 17 (CARAs).

What We Look For

An applicant must have adequate a cappella experience and knowledge, have no relations/conflicts of interest with any competing groups in the category(ies) in which they are working, and they must be committed to impartiality.

Judges and nominators can be anywhere in the world while they are performing their duties but they must be CASA members in order to participate.

A diverse subset of the individuals from the pool of applicants will be chosen as judges. Qualifications may include superior musicianship, a cappella experience and knowledge, and recording or production experience. We take the qualifications of our judges very seriously in an effort to maintain the prestige of the CARAs. These positions require a lesser time commitment than do the nominating positions (because there is significantly less music to which you must listen) but is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated the highest level of proficiency in the a cappella domain.

Process Overview

We have released a detailed article describing our philosophy and process. It's good to be familiar with, but intimate knowledge is not a prerequisite for volunteering.