Top talent comes from music videos. We want to reward you for it.

Visualizing music is an art. No matter if it’s experimental, performative, direct, graphic, silly, or fun, it is an incredible feeling to see video that encapsulates the feeling of a track. So many of the best visual artists hone their skills in this genre. Spike Jonze, David Fincher, Gore Verbinski, and many other amazing directors even got their start in music videos. We want to find the next great auteur, the next great musician, and the next great music video.

We’re looking for the underground. We’re looking for the artist we haven’t heard of. We’re looking for people who just started out and we’re looking for experienced directors. We’re looking for the new idea. We’re looking for something we’ve never seen before.

We’re waiting for you. Submit now.

COVID Notice:
We intend on holding in-person events, but our competition is located in California, which currently does not allow these to take place. For now, we will hold an online ceremony, subject to future review as California opens up. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

There are many different categories available to best honor the craft of music videos.

All entries are in the running for Best in Show, but we ask that all submissions are submitted into one of our subcategories. We're sure there will be at least one that fits your project!

For more information and descriptions of the categories, see the sidebar.

In order to get an award, you must possess the proper rights to nominate your project. You must be (for example) an artist, a director, a producer, a studio, a label, or any other entity attached to the project. By submitting a project, you confirm you have the proper rights and authority to do so.

We welcome any style, genre, subject matter, low or high budget, creative work possible. The only restriction is a 10-minute runtime maximum.

All entries are entered to the Best in Show category by default, as well as one category of your choosing. To be reviewed for extra categories, you can pay an extra judicial fee.

By submitting, you give Music Video Awards the right to rebroadcast your submission at any ceremony, physical or virtual, we may hold.

Not all categories may be awarded.

Any additional information you supply with your entry is greatly appreciated!

Physical entries will not be returned.

All entries must be received before the final deadline to be judged.

For non-english projects, please include the lyrics to the track in your submission.

Note that each categories position on the website is subject to change.