What Is IPMA?

The International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA), recognizes outstanding achievement in the music industry by international artists of Portuguese ancestry.

Multiple award categories honor exceptional artists for their abilities to inspire audiences all over the world. Nominees are judged by a panel of music industry experts.

In addition to the presentation of the awards, IPMA features two finalists competing live for the “New Talent” category. A panel of judges selects the winner.

The award show also features performances by prominent artists and is televised on various media outlets, including worldwide via RTP International.

Award Categories

Note: Singles/tracks (not albums) are eligible for each category.  Solo artists, duos, or groups are eligible for all categories. Other than the New Talent category, only music that has been commercially released during the eligibility period can be submitted.

  • Rock Performance – For newly recorded rock performances with vocals.

  • Pop Performance – For newly recorded pop performances with vocals.

  • Dance Performance – For newly recorded dance performances with vocals, including “House”, “Techno”, “Rave”, “Freestyle”.

  • Rap/Hip-hop Performance – For newly recorded rap or hip-hop performances with vocals.

  • “Musica Popular” – For newly recorded vocal performances in the “Musica Popular” genre.

  • Traditional – For newly recorded vocal performances of a more traditional nature, including such styles as regional folk music, Azorean folk music, folklore/rancho music, etc. Does not include “Fado” genre.

  • Fado – For newly recorded Fado vocal performances genre.

  • World Music – For newly recorded World Music vocal performances. This category is intended for recordings that may combine musical elements indigenous to their culture or country with additional elements of the Portuguese culture.

  • Instrumental – For newly recorded instrumental performances.

  • People’s Choice – For newly recorded singles/tracks, voted on by the general public via the internet.

  • Song of the Year – For newly recorded singles/tracks, awarded to the songwriter(s). The song is judged based on melody, lyrics and writing aptitude.

  • New Talent – For artists who have not previously ever released recordings.  It is awarded to the artist without reference to a song or album.

  • Video of the Year – For original music video not more than 10 minutes in length featuring the performance of not more than one (1) song or medley. Awarded to the artist and director.  Factors to be considered include, but not limited to, video concept, creativity, production, visual appeal and the artist’s performance.  The video must be commercially released within the IPMA eligibility year.

Rules & Regulations

1. Each entry must include: (A) Completed entry form. (B) Lyric sheet (please include English translation if applicable). Lyrics are not required for instrumental category. (C) Optional press kit (artist bio with a photograph). All entries must be submitted no later than November 30, 2019 or earlier.

2. All songs submitted must have been recorded and released between December 1, 2018 and November 30, 2019. You may also submit re-recorded versions of previously released material as long as it’s released within the same time-frame mentioned above and you have obtained the proper permissions from the original holder of the song’s publishing rights.

3. The International Portuguese Music Awards are open to all amateur and professional musicians and songwriters with Portuguese roots (artist must have a parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent who was born in Portugal).  MP3s and lyrics will not be returned.

4. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges comprised of music industry professionals in various parts of the world. Entries are judged equally on music performance, production, originality, lyrics, melody and composition. Songs may be in any language. Entrants and their collaborators will retain full rights to all work submitted to IPMA.

5. Song entries do not guarantee a nomination for an award.

6. Nominees will be announced at a special press conference and on the IPMA website at a date to be announced. “Winners” will be announced at the International Portuguese Music Awards show on a date to be announced. Entry constitutes permission to use winners names, likeness and voices for future publicity and advertising purposes.

7. IPMA reserves the right to extend the deadline of the competition. By submitting an application form to IPMA, entrant agrees to be bound by IPMA’s entry rules and regulations established herein.


Rules are subject to change.

New Talent - Rules & Regulations

The New Talent competition is open to NEW artists of Portuguese descent (from any country). All Rules & Regulations apply, with the exception of the following:

  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30

  • Must NOT have professional representation (agent or manager)

  • Must NOT be signed to a record contract


Rules are subject to change.