Albums must consist of previously unreleased material. Re-issues, multi-artist compilations, ‘Best Of’ collections and live albums (largely featuring previously released material) are ineligible. Albums must contain 6 or more tracks and/or be over 30 minutes in length. All genres of music are eligible for the Welsh Music Prize.
An album (as defined above) must have been made available for purchase or streaming in Wales by the general public for the first time during the qualifying period (Welsh Music Prize 2021 qualifying period is for albums released on or between 1st August 2020 and 31st July 2021) through any of the following outlets: any high street music retailer; digital retailer, record label or artist website (including Bandcamp, social media etc.). Free downloads (with the artist’s express consent) will also be eligible.
Welsh Artist Definition
For the purposes of this award, albums will be deemed to have been recorded by a ‘Welsh Artist’ when: the artist was born in Welsh; at least 50% of the band’s core members were born in Wales (session musicians will not be considered); an artist or band, irrespective of nationality, has made their creative base in Wales for the past 3 years. NB. In some cases e.g. classical albums, composers as wells as performers may satisfy the conditions for eligibility.