Submission deadlines - The submission time frame is from July 1st until June 30th of each calendar year. Any material recognized as commercially released between those dates will qualify for a nomination. If your submission is made after July 1st then your submission will qualify for the next year's awards. Submissions are accepted year round as a way to keep track of artist development and achievements. Submitted material must include the creative works of either an Ohio resident or a native born in Ohio. If the material was released early and created a heavy buzz after July 1st the OHHA board reserves the right to consider the material for nomination the following year.
2. Press Kit Specifications – We accept both physical press kits as well as electronic press kit (EPK’s). If you find it more suitable to submit an EPK that’s fine, if you feel that you want to make your press kit more presentable in a physical package that is fine as well. Press kits may include but are not limited to; pictures, biographies, discographies, mixtapes, singles, albums, promotional materials, newspaper/magazine articles, links to websites, and contact information. Press kits cannot be returned and become the property of the OHHA. By submitting your press kit you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to the terms of submission to the OHHA. You can submit your press kit at ohiohiphopawards.com/submit
3. Showcase procedure - Every year the OHHA throws showcases in Akron/Kent, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Canton, Toledo, and Youngstown. At each showcase artists perform against each other in front of a panel of judges. The artist pay a registration fee then receives 25 tickets, a contract, receipt and fliers to the event. Each ticket is worth $10, this means that each participant has the option of selling tickets for a profit. Artists can get additional tickets at $5 a piece and can sell as many as they wish. Artists will then arrive at the showcase at the scheduled time for check in and will enter into the lottery to decide stage time. The artists will be judged based on criteria such as song creativity, use of original beats, stage presence, appearance, lyrics, flow, sound quality, whether or not they brought promotional materials to the event, use of props, crowd interaction, crowd reaction, mic control, etc...
4. Use of Submitted Material - By submitting your material to the OHHA you grant the OHHA the right to utilize your material for promotional purposes. This usage includes but is not limited to synchronizing materials for television and radio promotions, online promotions, giveaways, and use on OHHA website. By submitting your material you acknowledge that the OHHA's can use anything you have submitted to promote and market our events, without any financial compensation due to you whatsoever.
Best Live Venue: This Award is reserved for concert venues that host frequent Hip Hop events. The Best Live Venue must host at least 15 Hip Hop concert events each year to be recognized.
Best Night Club: To be nominated for this award the night club has to promote & host weekly events at the venue. Nominations are based on public opinion of the venue, design, mood, security, service, attendance, and event creativity.
New Artist/Group: the new artist/group category is open to both male and female artists who are releasing their first large scale promotion or album recognized by the OHHA. For example a 35 yr old mc coming out with their first serious project is as eligible as a 16 yr old artist. To qualify the said artist or group needs to have released a widely promoted single, mixtape or album before July 1st.
Best Media Outlet: This category is open to commercial websites, magazines, or television shows that report on Ohio Hip Hop artists.
Websites created before April 1st can be nominated. Blogspots, Myspace, and other social networking sites cannot be nominated. The content of the site must be Ohio Hip Hop related and regularly updated. Send your link to submissions @ ohiohiphopawards.com.
Magazines must have printed 4 issues between July 1st of last year and June 30th of the current year. The magazine has to report on Ohio Hip Hop in some form or fashion to be nominated. All issues need to be dated and contain contact information. Physical submissions are necessary for magazines, if you own and promote an online magazine, then submit the link to your online mag as indicated above.
Television Shows can be aired on television or released online. The show must have aired 5 episodes between July 1st of last year and June 30th of the current year. The more well known the program the higher chance it has to be selected. You can submit your show to our office at PO Box 19305 Cleveland, Ohio 44119 or email a Z-share link to submissions @ ohiohiphopawards.com .
Turntableist(s) of the Year: This category is for DJ’s that specialize in the art of battling and scratching. Group nominations are welcome. Footage of live performance, resume of events, and audio files of sets can further a cause for nomination.
Break-Dancer of the Year: To be nominated for this category please send in footage of you competing at events. Also please send information on the events you have competed in or performed at.
Video of the Year: The overall quality of the video, visibility, creativity, and song quality is what is considered for nomination. Videos must be over two minutes in length. Submit your video by burning it to DVD and mailing it to PO Box 19305 Cleveland, Ohio 44119 or emailing a downloadable z-share link to submissions @ ohiohiphopawards.com .
Lyricist of the year: Lyricists are nominated after review of their material, so it is important to submit your material to the Ohio Hip Hop Awards to get nominated.
Retail - Must be headquartered in Ohio and support Ohio artists through sales or promotions. Music stores and clothing stores can apply.
Clothing Designer - Clothing released and sold by a designer who lives or was born in Ohio. Designer must release and market a minimum of 4 designs during the nomination period to qualify. Samples of your work must be submitted to the OHHA Board for quality inspection.
Promoter of the Year - Promotion companies or individual promoters that consistently promote and host successful parties or concerts can be nominated. Send us information on the events you have thrown or the artists you actively promote for.
Graphic Design Artist - Artists must have created three heavily marketed graphic designs within the nomination period. Email us with your graphic art work.
Entertainment Group - Has to be headquartered in Ohio with a major release promoted during the nomination period. Also has to have at least one signed Ohio Hip Hop artist to their roster.
Best Album - Albums released during the nomination period qualify. Albums must be professionally packaged and actively marketed.
Best Artist/Group - Must have a major mixtape, album release, or multiple features. Those who have a major presence in the Ohio Hip Hop scene. Send in your resume with information on what shows/tours you were on, features released, management info, and contact information along with release.
Producer of the Year - Producers need to have placed either a minimum of 1 track with a major label or have multiple placements with recognized Ohio artists. Send your track placements and samples of work in your press kit.
Model of the Year - This category is open to either male of female models born in or residing in the state of Ohio. Please send a press kit and include comp cards, pictures, and a listing of job placements that were executed during the Qualifying Time Frame (July 1st - June 30th ).