Billboard announced today that it
will hold its first-ever Music App Awards at Mobile Entertainment
Live!: The Music App Summit on October 5, 2010.
The event will take place in conjunction with the CTIA Wireless I.T.
& Entertainment 2010, Fall Show, in San
Billboard Music App Awards will reward the most innovative music-focused
apps created for the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia platforms.
A panel of industry visionaries will choose finalists and winners, and
Billboard is encouraging any developers and companies creating music
applications to apply at www.MobileEntertainmentLiveFall.com.
Selected finalists will
be featured in a pre-show special section of Billboard magazine, and
will have the opportunity to demonstrate their apps in Billboard's "App
Lounge" at Mobile Entertainment Live!: The Music App Summit.
Any app built for the
iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia platforms are eligible if they
were released between July 1, 2009 and July 30, 2010. The participating apps must be
available for sale to the public by the submission deadline. Companies
may submit as many apps as they like, but cannot nominate the same app
for multiple categories.
- Best Artist-Based App: Apps
created specifically for an artist
- Best Music Streaming App:
Apps that feature music, such as Internet Radio or On-Demand
Music Engagement App: Apps that engage in music in various ways
outside of creating or just listening
- Best Music Creation App:
Apps that let users make their own music via the phone
Branded App: Apps that incorporate a sponsor with music capabilities
to promote both the sponsor's message and highlight the music
The deadline for all
submissions is July 30, 2010, and
finalists in each category will be announced on September
1, 2010. The winners will be revealed at Mobile Entertainment
Live!: The Music App Summit on October 5.
To submit an app or for more information about the awards, please visit:
There have been plenty
of app awards, but none have focused solely on music-specific apps,"
said Antony Bruno, Billboard's Executive
Director of Content and Programming for Digital/Mobile. "Given how
important the mobile and app market is to the music industry, Billboard
wanted to showcase the most innovative apps out there from the artists
and services defining the opportunity today. We're looking forward to
seeing what people have come up with, and giving the best of the best
their rightful due."