About Aprize

Aprize – independent Ukrainian music award established by the Kyiv-based digital media «Radio Aristocrats». Since year 2016 the primary mission of the annual
award has been selection and promotion of the best contemporary Ukrainian music, irrespective of genre, composition, range of recognition and level of success.

Each year the project staff and the jury examine
thoroughly new Ukrainian releases issued throughout the passing year in search of the
best album. After the three-stage selection process the award ceremony is conducted, when the perspective winners take the stage and perform songs from their latest

Who chooses the longlist?

The judging panel is formed by the most reputable and most famous commentators, musicologists, composers, musicians, critics, and cultural researchers. People who are interested in a commercial success of a particular album or an artist are excluded from the jury team. Before year 2019 the jury of the award comprised predominantly of Ukrainian music experts and professionals. For Aprize 2019 we managed to invite some of the renowned representatives of the British music industry, thus, transforming the jury to an international and, more importantly, impartial one. The judges’ decisions are based solely on the quality of the music on the albums.
The final list of judges will be announced shortly.

Who chooses the shortlist?

Unlike the longlist, the shortlist is formed solely by the audience. We let fans/followers/listeners/music lovers/independent critics and experts to join the voting process and express their attitude to the longlisted albums.
We respect our audience and appreciate its opinion.

Who chooses the winner?

The same judging panel meets again on the day of the Gala Concert to choose the single “Album of the Year” from the shortlist. This can be a long process and, as always, the judges base their decision solely on the quality of the music on the album.

How many categories are there?

Aprize is open to all genres of music. There are no specific categories. The main criterion for an artist to be shortlisted is an affiliation to the Ukrainian music scene and an LP-release issued throughout the passing year. The genres of music that are represented tend to vary from year to year.

What do the artists win?

There’s only one single winner in the Aprize. He receives the statuette “Album of the Year” during the Gala Concert. More significantly the Aprize is capable of increasing public awareness of the winning album, and considerably raise the profiles of all the longlisted and shortlisted artists.