The inaugural American Music Prize for Best Debut Album is now accepting submissions

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The American Music Prize for Best Debut Album (“The AMP”) will announce its inaugural winner next fall. Inspired by the U.K.’s Mercury Music Prize and modeled on the successful Australian Music Prize, The AMP is designed to discover, promote and reward the best debut albums—across all genres—released by U.S. artists.

All U.S. debut albums released between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015 are eligible. A shortlist of finalists will be announced in late August with the grand prize announcement following in late September. The winner will receive a significant cash prize in addition to garnering industry-wide attention. Album registration and complete eligibility details can be found at: There are no entry fees.

An independent, 50-person judging panel, consisting of established artists, press, radio tastemakers and music retailers, will determine the shortlist and ultimate prizewinner. Of The AMP, founder Scott B. Murphy comments, “There are tens of thousands of album releases in the U.S. in every 12 month period which makes it difficult for new artists to break through no matter how great their recordings are. The AMP process significantly helps those making great debut albums to be heard, appreciated and assisted.”

Murphy has worked in the recorded music business since the age of 18, including many years at Australia’s Mushroom Records and subsequently establishing the Australian and New Zealand operations for the Jive/Zomba group. In 2005, he created the prestigious Australian Music Prize, which is now in its 10th year.

Friends of The AMP include: Craig Averill (Serling Rooks Ferrara McKoy & Worob), Gillian R. Bar, Esq. (Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP), David Bason (hundred handed), Alex Black (Warner Bros Records), Jennie Boddy (The Fun Star), Paul Brown (Red Hat 22), Jonathan Daniel (Crush Management), ), Charlie Feldman (BMI), Deb Fenstermacher (Red Light Management), John Fleckenstein (Sony Music), Christian Fresco (Pearl Jam), Tom Gates (Nettwerk), Piero Giramonti (Harvest Records), Richard Grabel (Davis Shapiro Lewit Grabel Leven Granderson & Blake), Kate Hyman (BMG Chrysalis), Andrew Jackson (Milton Archer / Deckstar Management), Justin Kalifowitz (Downtown Music Publishing), Rell Lafargue (Reservoir Media), Kate Landau (Red Light Management), Steve Lillywhite, Michael McDonald (Mick Management), Reen Nalli (The Groove Merchants), Jaclyn Ranere (The Orchard), Jeff Sosnow (Warner Bros Records), Robert Stevenson (Republic/Universal), Don VanCleave (DVC MGMT), Karen Wiessen (Autonomic Media), Craig Winkler (Grand Jury Music)…and many more to come.