Voice Arts™ Awards Voting Criteria and Procedures The criteria for judging the Voice Arts™ Awards is based first and foremost on enlisting jurors who have exceptional expertise in the categories they are assigned to judge. SOVAS™ observes that many experts are quite capable of judging across multiple categories and that will be permitted. The Voice Arts™ Award recognizes excellence in directing, voice acting, casting, production, copywriting, audio engineering and marketing but one primary focus is that the works use the human voice as a driving creative force of the work. It honors the special skills and unique talents of the companies and individuals who create, produce, and perform worldwide. The criteria for judging is based on the real-world professional processes that are commonly employed by the entertainment and marketing industries to determine what is distributed as finished work in the global marketplace. The goal of the judges is to identify the best work, period. All voting and review of entries will be performed on-line. In each category, each judge shall rate each entry on three indices. These indices vary by category and are listed below. For each index, judges enter a score from 1.0 to 10.0, where 1.0 is valued as “very poor quality” and 10.0 is valued as “perfection” in the personal standards of the judge. Each judge must give each entry a score in each index, and every entry must receive a score, other than cases where a conflict of interest arises between a juror and an entry which he or she has been assigned to judge. If a judge feels that he or she has a conflict of interest (personal relationship, sponsor relationship, etc.), that can be indicated on the electronic ballot. SOVAS™ reserves the right to disqualify a judge’s score or participation at any time, at its sole discretion with no mediation required.
Judging Indices:
For Voice Acting, the criteria are:

  • Originality (How uniquely matched is the actor’s performance to the role?)
  • Interpretation (How well does the tone of voice and expression of ideas conveyed?)
  • Brand Messaging (How well does the performance convey the brand proposition or point of view of the work?)

For Production, the criteria are:

  • Content (How do you rate originality and overall concept?)
  • Creativity (How unique is the approach to the topic?)
  • Execution (What was the quality of the overall execution o production quality?)

For Audio Engineering, the criteria are:

  • Sonic Balance (How pleasing is the sound to the ear? Consider bass, treble and midrange)
  • Audio Narrative (How well does the audio mix support the story?)
  • Audio Editing: (How effective are the audio edits and transitions?)

For Copywriting, the criteria are:

  • Creativity (How unique is the approach to the topic?)
  • Marketing Objective (How clear is the marketing proposition?)
  • Brand Messaging (How well does the script capture the brand?)

For a Voiceover Podcast, the criteria are:

  • Execution (How well does production value (presentation and professionalism) enhance the audience experience.
  • Content (How well does the content target and inform the audience?)
  • Creativity (How well does innovation (uniqueness) enhance the effectiveness of the content?

For Spoken Word, the criteria are:

  • Performance (How well does the performer capture the essence of the work?
  • Interpretation (How well does the tone of voice and expression of ideas convey the work?)
  • Point of View (How well does the performance convey the point of view of the overall work?)

For Audiobook Voice Acting (Non Fiction and Fiction) the criteria are:
NON FICTION

  • Technical: Narrator has a good vocal tone, their pronunciation is correct, there are minimal mouth noises. Sound quality of the audio itself is acceptable.
  • Context: Narrator serves the text well and does not distract. If ensemble cast, roles are well defined and serve the story or information – cast interactions (where relevant) are supportive of the subject at hand.
  • Performance:Narrator’s tone and overall demeanor reflect the author’s voice; the narrator compels us to care about the author’s subject or story.
     

Audiobook Criteria continued:
FICTION

  • Technical: Narrator has a good vocal tone, their pronunciation is correct, there are minimal mouth noises. Sound quality of the audio itself is acceptable.
  • Characterization: Characters are well defined and serve the story. If Ensemble, cast interactions (where relevant) are unified.
  • Performance: The narrator connects the listener to the story’s emotional consequence; the narrator is involved in the story, that is, narrating as if the action is actually happening right now; the listener feels involved in the story.

Additional Judging Protocol and Information:
For each entry, the judge’s final score will be the average score on each index. For example, in a voice acting category, if a judge feels that an entry merits a 9.0 for Originality, an 8.0 for Interpretation and an 8.5 for Brand Messaging, the average of 8.5 among those indices will be the score recorded for that entry. As a tie breaker, each judge will be asked to indicate their “Best of Category.” (For example, after scoring all the entries, a judge may have given the same best score to several entries. By indicting “Best of Category,” that will provide more clarity.) In the final tabulation by the accountants, if there is a tie for best overall score in a category, the entry receiving the most “Best of Category” votes will be the winner. The final scores for all entries will be ranked in order from highest to lowest, with the highest score being the winner. A shortlist of entries worthy of merit as nominees is developed from all entries submitted in each category, and the names of the nominees are released in advance. The judge’s scores are kept confidentially by the accountancy firm, which will tabulate the scores and determine the nominees and winners.  Winners are revealed at the Voice Arts™ Awards Gala, representing the close of the award contest.For each entry, the judge’s final score will be the average score on each index. For example, in a voice acting category, if a judge feels that an entry merits a 9.0 for Originality, an 8.0 for Interpretation and an 8.5 for Brand Messaging, the average of 8.5 among those indices will be the score recorded for that entry. As a tie breaker, each judge will be asked to indicate their “Best of Category.” (For example, after scoring all the entries, a judge may have given the same best score to several entries. By indicting “Best of Category,” that will provide more clarity.) In the final tabulation by the accountants, if there is a tie for best overall score in a category, the entry receiving the most “Best of Category” votes will be the winner. The final scores for all entries will be ranked in order from highest to lowest, with the highest score being the winner. A shortlist of entries worthy of merit as nominees is developed from all entries submitted in each category, and the names of the nominees are released in advance. The judge’s scores are kept confidentially by the accountancy firm, which will tabulate the scores and determine the nominees and winners.  Winners are revealed at the Voice Arts™ Awards Gala, representing the close of the award contest. Judging Confidentiality All votes are confidential. Each judge will have the right to determine whether his or her name is to be publically revealed by SOVAS™ and SOVAS™ will make its best efforts to protect the identity of those jurors who wish to remain anonymous.  For those jurors who wish to be named publically, their names will be so listed.   If you have questions or comments, email us at Awards@VoiceArts.org