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

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

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.