How to Submit Your Music for the Daytime Emmys

November 21, 2018

Whether you consider it an ultimate career goal, a mark of respect from your peers, or just a nice addition to your mantel, an Emmy is a coveted honor for anyone working in television. So how do you end up with a shiny winged woman holding a golden atom?

The first thing to know is that there are actually many different Emmys ceremonies, administered by three separate organizations: The Television Academy (which handles the Primetime Emmys), the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS, which handles the International Emmys) and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS, responsible for the Daytime Emmys and ceremonies dedicated to News & Documentary, Sports and Technology & Engineering). The Primetime and Daytime Emmys each encompass two separate ceremonies; music categories are usually announced during a Creative Arts ceremony that’s separate from the televised version.

For songwriters, composers and performers who work in daytime programming, your journey to a Daytime Emmy begins with a submission to NATAS. The process is pretty straightforward:

1. Visit daytimeemmys.dmds.com

Here’s your portal for everything related to your Emmys submission. Create an online profile to get started.

2. Read through the General Rules & Submission Guide.

This is your rosetta stone for understanding all the eligibility criteria and submission processes for all the different categories available to you. (Click here for the 2018-19 version)

3. Choose a category (or categories).

There are currently five music-related categories to consider:

  • Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series
  • Music Direction and Composition (non-drama)
  • Original Song
  • Original Song in a Children’s Live Action or Animated Program
  • Musical Performance in a Daytime Program

4. Enter your submission.

The required info varies by category, but generally includes basic info about the project and its air date, a cue sheet, a video upload of the work in question and a PDF of the music & lyrics (for song categories). For specifics, consult the individual category sections of the General Rules & Submission Guide. If you have any questions check NATAS' Daytime Emmys Help center or write to daytime@emmyonline.tv.

5. Sit back, relax and let the judges do the rest.

 

Important deadlines for the upcoming Daytime Emmys ceremony

  • November 25, 2018: Early Deadline to Enter (lower entry fee). You can upload your video separately if it’s not available by this deadline.
  • December 21, 2018: Final Deadline to Enter (entry info, payment and video upload must be complete)
  • December 21, 2018: Preliminary Judging Round Categories determined
  • January 4, 2019: Deadline for Video Uploading of Shows with content not airing or available until after December 21, 2018.
  • February 13, 2019: Deadline for Supporting Documents for Drama Shows (Music Cue Sheets, Song Lyrics, etc.)
  • March 20, 2019: Nominations announced
  • May 3, 2019: Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony @ Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Become a Daytime Emmys judge

Do you work in music for television? You're invited to help determine the nominees for the Daytime Emmys.