The shortlist for this year’s Choice Music Prize will take place on January 12th 2011. The annual event, now in its 6th year aims to award a cheque for €10,000 to the Irish album of the year. There are currently 217 Irish albums which were released in 2010 available to peruse in list format at the site.
The shortlist of ten albums will be chosen by a panel of Irish media professionals and the live event takes place on Thursday 3rd of March 2011 in Vicar St. In other news related to the prize, co-founder Jim Carroll has stepped down from the project and will be succeeded as chairman of the judging panel by Irish Times critic Tony Clayton-Lea. The Choice Music Prize is organised by David Reid.
The cheque for €10,000 is courtesy of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA).
For the first time, the Choice Music Prize website has published a comprehensive list of Irish albums released in 2010. The list currently numbers 217, the largest series of releases since the award was created. This list can be viewed and updated by logging onto www.choicemusicprize.com
Winners thus far:
The recipients of the Choice Prize thus far are as follows:
2005: Julie Feeney – 13 Songs (Julie Feeney)
2006: The Divine Comedy – Victory for the Comic Muse (Parlophone)
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party – Super Extra Bonus Party (Alphabet Set)
2008: Jape – Ritual (Co-Op Records)
2009: Adrian Crowley – Season of the Sparks (Chemikal Underground)