The Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year returns in 2010.

It will be the fifth outing for the event, which was established to highlight and acknowledge the best in Irish music.

A shortlist of 10 Irish albums, released for the first time during 2009, will be announced on Wednesday 13 January 2010. This shortlist will be chosen by 12 Irish media professionals.

The winner will be selected at the Choice Music Prize live event at Vicar Street, Dublin on Wednesday 3 March 2010.

The winning act will receive a cheque for €10,000, courtesy of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), and a specially commissioned award, courtesy of Recorded Artists and Performers Ltd (RAAP).


The Choice Music Prize – Irish Album Of The Year was established to celebrate and acknowledge the work of Irish musicians. Instead of using sales or airplay as criteria, the Choice Music Prize focuses, simply and solely, on the music.

The winners of the Choice Music Prize to date are as follows:

2005 Julie Feeney – 13 Songs (Julie Feeney)
2006 The Divine Comedy – Victory For The Comic Muse (Parlophone)
2007 Super Extra Bonus Party – Super Extra Bonus Party (Alphabet Set)
2008 Jape – Ritual (Co-Op Records)

The Choice Music Prize was founded by Dave Reid and Jim Carroll.

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