Rules & Eligibility Information - SAPMA's

The entry period for the 1st Annual South African Popular Music Awards:
In order to qualify, music must have been released between 1 January 2010 and December 2020.

Eligibility to Submit
Anyone is eligible to submit entries- individual artists, record companies and fans can submit a name and song of their favorite artist. Public participation is at the core of the awards-from submitting entries to voting for the five main big winners from each genre. A panel of judges will take over the process by shortlisting four finalists in each category and genre- which will be determined by the number of nominations/entries an artist has received from the public, record label and their peers in the industry. Public’s direct involvement will continue in the final voting process as they vote for the five main big winners from each genre, together with a panel of judges who will determine the 2021 SAPMA winners, with the exception of Special Awards.  

Following collation of nominees for all categories, nominees will be announced at SAPMA’s discretion. Final winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held at one of the biggest and opulent venues in the country-the Sun Arena, Pretoria on 31 July 2021.


NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED. The only requirement is that music must be #popular. 


SAPMA General Rules:

  • All decisions with respect to the acceptance of any entry and the eligibility of entries are made by SAPMA and shall be final and binding upon all entrants.
  • By entering/being entered into the SAPMAs, individuals/groups agree to abide by the SAPMA rules and any other rights ancillary thereto.
  • Entrants, individuals or groups nominated as finalist in any category, and record companies warrants SAPMA the right to use their names, images, sound recordings or any part thereof of the single or album entered in the awards, and biographical details for purposes of marketing, advertising, filming, broadcasting and digital streaming of the awards, before and after the awards event.