Society of Voice Arts and Sciences™ presents:

VOICE ARTS™ AWARDS 2014

Voiceover Acting/Promotion/Marketing/Programming

The following guidelines are designed to explain the CONTENT & MATERIALS that can be entered into each category. The Voice Arts™ Awards celebrate the best practices in Voiceover Acting and the Associated professions across all platforms and including the “craft” roles of Creative Directors, Producers, Directors, Casting Directors, Copywriters, Audio Engineers, Agents and Coaches, throughout all facets of Promotion, Marketing and Programming by way of the listed categories. 

Eligibility Period

January 1, 2013 through June 15, 2014

The work entered into the Voice Arts Awards contest for 2014, must have been aired, broadcast, published or otherwise made available to the public or B2B (business to business) constituents between January 1, 2013 through June 15, 2014. B2B includes corporate, instructional, marketing and other works that are intended for a non-broadcast or restricted audience. For example: An instructional video intended only for the employees of a given company would fall under the definition of B2B.

Demo Reels are the exception to the rule in that they may be entered into the contest regardless of when they were created. There is no eligibility period restriction fora Demo Reel. However, Demo Reels will be judged according to contemporary, professional expectations for today’s marketplace. Therefore, it is not advisable to submit a Demo Reel that may be deemed outdated or obsolete. SOVAS™ reserves the right to determine the competitive viability of any and all entries submitted.

Who Can Enter

Categories may be entered by an individual (non-company) or by a company or student. The following list represents an example of company types but this list is not exhaustive.

  1. Broadcast Networks

  2. Cable/Satellite Networks

  3. On-Line Content Channels/Platforms

  4. Cable/Satellite Platforms/Service Providers

  5. Local TV Stations

  6. Radio Stations

  7. Agencies/Vendors (Advertising, Talent, Casting, Creative, Marketing, etc.)

  8. Program Developers/Distributors/Syndicators

  9. Mobile Developers

  10. Gaming Developers

  11. Individuals (not a company)

  12. Students

 Entrant can be an administrator representing a company or individual. The entrant can be the client, vendor or their agent; there is no stipulation in any category regarding the entrant so long as the work was for air, broadcast, publishing, distribution or release in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and or Australia and is in the English language.

What Can Be Entered

Please refer to the technical specifications within this document regarding physical and digital materials for submission and refer to the eligibility dates and categories for all qualification details.

File Upload:

The term Video Upload encompasses all material submitted by way of the Voice Arts™ Awards’ digital upload system. Please refer to the category descriptions for more information regarding the types of media required for each category.

IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW:

  1. In the event that any individual category attracts fewer than 4 entries the organizer reserves the right to withdraw that category from the competition. In this event, the participating companies will receive a credit towards future entry fees. No cash refund will be given.

  1. The award statues to be given for the 2014 award season will be the singular gold statue known as the Voice Arts™ Award. Nominees will receive certificates of nomination. If, in any category, entries do not meet the standard deemed award worthy by the jury, it is possible that there will be no awards given in that category.

  1. SOVAS™ will not be responsible for the holding of any materials submitted after the awards period, which concludes with an award ceremony, has ended. Such materials will not be returned. All submissions become the property of SOVAS™ to be used at their discretion, for the production of the ceremony and other uses.

  1. ALL relevant permissions and copyrights are assumed to be cleared by the entrant.

  1. The organizers reserve the right to add, subtract, amend or otherwise revise any category during the course of the competition. Notice and updates of revisions will be posted on our website.

  2. *Entries submitted as a campaign must consist of a minimum of two advertisements utilizing two of the following media types: TV, Radio, WEB, In-theater.

  3. Audio Book Recordings must have been reproduced originally or compiled from another medium for release as audiobooks. Qualifying audiobooks are determined by SOVAS™ to be sound recordings, in the English language, containing a majority of spoken word content, duplicated and packaged for sale in any country in a digital format. It is not required that the original source of the Audiobook be derived from or based on a printed book.

WHO CAN ENTER

ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

  • Entries first appearing in public between January 1, 2013 – June 15, 2014 are eligible for entry into this year’s Voice Arts™ Awards.

WHO CAN ENTER
Voice Actors (union and non-union), Publishing Companies, Licensees/Distributors, Casting Agents and Casting Agencies, Talent Agents and Talent Agencies, National TV Networks, Local TV Stations, Regional TV Networks, Web-based Companies, Radio Stations, Radio Networks, Copy Writers, Producers, Audio Engineers, Creative Directors, and other roles pertaining to the creation and/or production of works whereby voiceover is an essential component driving the creative, and where the work is released for the first time in the United States or Canada during the period January 1, 2013 – June 15, 2014,  may enter the Voice Arts™ Awards competition. Qualifying “Work” or “Entries” are defined here by SOVAS™ to be recordings (video or sound only) in the English language. Specific criteria for each category is listed below.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY
Entrants assume all responsibility for all rights and permissions to submit work on behalf of themselves and/or the owner of the works submitted. All entries must have been created for a paying client except for student entries and pro bono work for charities and non-profit organizations. SOVAS™ retains the rights to disqualify entries which offend national, religious, cultural or racial feelings. Work entered in the student category is judged only against other students’ entries.

STUDENT WORK

  • A student is defined as someone who is enrolled in a recognized portfolio advertising school or film school program, or in an accredited college or university.

  • The work submitted by a student must have been produced during their enrollment, and within the period of January 1, 2013 – June 15, 2014.

DEADLINES

  • June 15, 2014 – 1st “Early Bird Deadline.

  • June 29, 2014 – 2nd Early bird Deadline.

  • August 24, 2014 – Final Deadline.

ENTRY FEES AND CHARGES* - US Dollars ONLY

May 20th – June 19th June 20th – July 10th July 11th – August 24th

Company

Fee – Early Bird 1

Fee – Early Bird 2

Fee – Final 3

Single Entry – Member

$202

$252

$279

Single Entry – Non-Member

$225

$280

$310

Independent Artist
(not a Company)

Fee – Early Bird 1

Fee – Early Bird 2

Fee – Final 3

Single Entry – Member

$150

$175

$210

Single Entry – Non Member

$150

$175

$210

Student

Fee – Early Bird 1

Fee – Early Bird 2

Fee – Final 3

Single Entry – Member

$90

$113

$135

Single Entry – Non Member

$100

$125

$150

* Fees are non-refundable, once the entries have been submitted.

Acceptable Entry Media:

  • Audio (MP3, WAV)

  • Video (MP4, MOV, H264 or ProRes)

Entry Types (not exhaustive):

Category Type

  1. National TV (Commercials, Promos, PSAs, Narration, Sales, Interstitials)
  1. Local TV (Commercials, Promos, PSAs, Narration, Sales, Interstitials)
  1. National Radio (Commercials, Promos, PSAs, Sales)
  1. Local Radio (Commercials, Promos, PSAs, Sales)
  1. Video Game
  1. Animation
  1. Narration
  1. Trailer
  1. Audio Book
  1. Political
  1. Webisode
  1. Corporate
  1. Consumer Sales Video
  1. Event Promotion
  1. Instructional
  1. Demo Reel
  1. Student Production
  1. Voiceover Podcast


Geographical Types:

  • International/National

  • Regional/Local

AUDIO BOOK CATEGORIES (Male & Female)

Categories:

  1. Individual Narration – Female

  2. Individual Narration – Male

  3. Ensemble Performance

Sub-categories

  • Biography
  • Business & Education
  • Education
  • Children’s Titles – Ages

    • 0-2

    • 3-5

    • 6-8

    • 9-12

  • Teens

  • Classic

  • SciFi

  • Fiction & Fantasy

  • Health & Fitness

  • History

  • Humor

  • Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction

  • Mystery

  • Crime

  • Author(s) Performance

  • Non-Fiction

  • Metaphysical

  • Self Help

  • Romance

  • Short Stories/Collections

  • Thrillers

WEB CATEGORIES (Male and Female)

WEB (Available only on the WEB or only via download from the WEB)

  • Webisode: Live Actors (Comedy or Drama)

  • Webisode: Animation (Comedy or Drama)

  • Product Sales Video

  • Event Promotion

  • E-Learning

  • Corporate Sales Message

  • Podcast

  • Instructional

Read full category descriptions for Voice Arts™ Awards 2014 by clicking here > Category Descriptions for Voice Arts™ Awards 2014