Induction Process as of January 2014

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has been honouring Canadian Artists and Builders who have made long-term contributions to the growth and development of Canadian country music since 1984. Inductees into this Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame ("Hall of Fame") are selected annually by their Canadian peers in the industry. The Hall of Fame is managed by the CCMA Board of Directors appointed "Hall of Fame Management Committee".

The information below is an overview of the Hall of Fame selection process and criteria for evaluating Artists and Builders for this honour.

Selection Process Overview:

The process of selecting Hall of Fame inductees has three phases:

  • Phase 1: Management of Grand List (on-going)
  • Phase 2: Nomination of Candidates (Feb to March)
  • Phase 3: Selection of Inductees (March to May)

Phase 1 - Hall of Fame Grand List Management

The Grand List is broken down into two categories - eligible Artists and Builders who will be considered each year for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Members of the CCMA are invited throughout the year, to suggest an individual or group in the categories of Artist and Builder for possible induction to the Hall of Fame. The Member must complete a "Hall of Fame Consideration Form" providing a biography of the candidate, with rationale. Members can call the CCMA office at 416-947-1331 extension 213 for more information and to be sent this form.

In February of each year, the Hall of Fame Management Committee is presented with all completed "Hall of Fame Consideration Forms" submitted within the past year. This committee carefully reviews, validates, and ensures that each Artist or Builder brought forward for consideration qualifies for addition to the Grand List based on the current criteria (see Appendix A).

Phase 2: Nomination of Candidates (Feb to March)

In December of each year, the Hall of Fame Management Committee selects thirteen (13) to seventeen (17) individuals to be part of the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee ("Nominating Committee").

In February of each year, this Nominating Committee is vested with the responsibility of reviewing the entire Grand List and then selecting ten (10) Artist candidates and ten (10) Builder candidates to be put forth to a larger committee called the "Electors Committee" (see Phase 3) to select the final inductees. This list of 10 Artists and 10 Builders candidates is called the "Candidates List".

The names of these individuals will remain anonymous.

Phase 3 - Selection of Inductee(s) (March to May)

There is a committee of at least 70 individuals that make up the Electors Committee. These individuals are called "Electors". This committee consists of past Hall of Fame inductees and industry professionals appointed by the Hall of Fame Management Committee.

Electors will serve for life as long as they continue to and agree to participate. Electors failing to vote two consecutive years will automatically be considered incapacitated and their names dropped from the Committee. The Hall of Fame Management Committee will consider reinstating these individuals to the Electors Committee upon written request.

Electors must have participated actively in country music for at least 10 years and must themselves, merit respect and recognition for their accomplishments and/or knowledge in one or more aspects of country music.

The members of the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee will also serve on the Electors Committee.

Members of the current or past CCMA Board of Directors may also serve on the Electors Committee (or Nominating Committee), if deemed worthy and appointed by the Hall of Fame Management Committee.

The names of these Electors will remain anonymous.

Between March and May of each year, the Electors Committee is vested with the responsibility of reviewing the entire Candidate List and then through a two part voting process, the committee ultimately selects one (1) Artist inductee and one (1) Builder inductee.

Other Annual Key Milestones

  • First Friday of February: Hall of Fame Consideration Forms due into CCMA office to be considered for current year Hall of Fame induction process
  • June: Public announcement of Inductees
  • September: Induction ceremony occurs during the annual Country Music Week

Appendix A

Canadian County Music Hall of Fame

Induction Criteria

(As of January 2014)
Artists and Builders considered for the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame will be appraised by the Nominating Committee and Electors Committee in accordance to the criteria below. A person can be inducted into both Artist and Builder categories.

Basic Standard

A candidate is to be basically judged on the degree of his or her impact on Canadian country music and degree of contribution to the advancement of Canadian country music. Samples of this impact will include, but not limited to, social, economic, and artistic contribution.

Individual Candidacy

Only individuals may be elected to the Hall of Fame. Companies, publications, radio stations and other groups - many of which significantly foster Canadian country music - are not eligible for Hall of Fame recognition.

Scope of Activity

Flexible authority is vested in the Nominating Committee in identifying the scope of a candidate's activity in Country Music. The individual may have excelled in a narrow, specific sphere, such as songwriting, publishing, as a musician, or recording artist, etc., or may have been active in several areas. In any event, a candidate must have achieved definitive leadership in his/her own field of Country Music activity. However, it is definitely not mandatory to honour the leaders in every activity related to Country Music. A candidate truly must compete with all candidates in all fields, as well as with all candidates in his/her own field.

Span of Influence

The time factor of a candidate's impact on Canadian country music is completely flexible. It may cover an uninterrupted span of many years or it may cover two or more distinct and separated time cycles. Conceivably, a candidate may earn Hall of Fame recognition by one transient act, momentary in time, providing the impact on Country Music is deemed significant enough. Longevity of involvement with Country Music, therefore, will not in itself warrant recognition in the Hall of Fame.

Influence on Others

A most significant criterion in evaluating a candidate will be his/her inspirational effect on others; the degree to which he/she multiplies his influence through others to create impact on Country Music far beyond his/her own direct individual contribution.

Quantity vs. Quality

A candidate's ability to expand the popularity of Country Music is a quantitative virtue. The professionalism of his/her activity is a "qualitative" one. Both quantitative and qualitative criteria are to be considered equally and separately important; conceivably, one may be present without the other.

Devotion to Others

Furthering Country Music by selfless devotion to the interests of others may enhance the candidacy of an individual, but it is not essential to winning. The activities of a candidate may be completely self devoted and still be considered significant enough to warrant recognition.

Professional Conduct and Image

A candidate is expected to have practiced the highest calibre of professional conduct in order to enhance the public image of both himself/herself and Country Music.

Personal Morals and Behaviour

The selection process is not a judgment of personal morals and behaviour, providing the latter does not negatively affect the professional conduct of the candidate and the public image of Country Music.