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Membership In Good Standing

To be eligible for nominee consideration for the OUTmusic Awards, you must be currently registered as a member of the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA). Membership dues are $100.00 for Individual members and $150.00 for Duo/Group or Production Company/Agency.


LARA is an international organiztion accepting submissions from artists from around the world. 

To join LARA please got to


*Note: You will not be eligible to submit before you paying the above mentioned membership dues. 


Submissions Form

You must complete a submissions form. You will need to provide us with current, complete, and accurate information for registration purposes. Some of the information you provide may be deemed Personal Information. Once your payment is verified and it is determined that you meet all eligibiliy requirements, you will receive an email confirmation. 


By submitting, you agree to the terms of entry as explained by the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA). You are entirely responsible for the consequences of all submissions that you upload including but not limited to being disqualified for providing false information or uploading material that you don't have all rights and permissions.



Submissions for the OUTmusic Awards is open to recording artists (Individual or Duo/Group) who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex and have commercially released a hard copy CD or digital copy of singles, albums and videos (i.e. CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon,etc) between the dates of January 2015 and September 2016. 


Soundtracks of LGBT films and webseries are able to  for submit upon approval of eligibility. 


All materials submitted must be your original work. You must own all rights, copyrights, licenses and/or permissions for use of all content including but not limited to the following: music or other audio, video, production, photo and graphic artwork.  


- You will be permitted to submit more than one song or music video per category

- There will be a maximum of 5 nominees per category 

- Your song and other audio must be an .mp3 format 

- Your music video must be on a Youtube or Vimeo Player we will need you to provide the URL


Nominations & Voting 

The voting for the the OUTmusic Awards is done via using an online voting platform with secret ballots. The platform is designed by OpenWater.


Notable Music & Creative Industry Judges

A panel of notable music and creative industry Judges will determine the nominees and winners of the OUTmusic Awards.


Round 1 - Determines who the nominees will be in each category. 

(You will be allowed to vote for yourself one (1) time in each category you enter)


Round 2 - Determines who the winners will be in each category.



The winners will be announced LIVE during the OUTMUSIC Awards. 


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