General Terms & Conditions


1. General

1.1 All forms of contemporary music from Great Britain and Ireland are eligible.

1.2 Albums only qualify for entry. Albums are defined by the Official Charts Company Chart Rules as “Over 25 minutes OR more than four songs”. 

1.3 The album must have had a digital release date between Saturday 30 July 2016 and Friday 21 July 2017 inclusive (although entries must be received by 19 May 2017). Entries received after 19 May 2017 will not be considered for the 2017 Mercury Prize.

1.4 The album must, as a minimum, be available to buy from at least one selected major UK digital retailer (please see full Terms & Conditions for full list, clause 5). The album may also be available to stream or to buy in other formats but is not obligatory.

1.5 Entries can only be made via a record company that owns or controls the recordings on the submitted album.

1.6 It is a condition of entry that the record company submitting an entry has obtained the relevant permission(s) and clearance(s) for Mercury Prize Limited (“MPL”) to use the album cover artwork and artist/band photograph (as provided as part of the entry process) from any shortlisted album for promotional purposes in connection with the Mercury Prize.

1.7 It is a condition of entry that the record company submitting an entry has obtained the relevant permission(s) and clearance(s) for MPL to use the artist/band promo video for promotional purposes on the Website and the Mercury Prize’s official social networking pages and digital platforms.

1.8 It is a condition of entry that the record company submitting an entry has obtained the relevant permission(s) and clearance(s) for MPL to stream (for a limited period) a mutually agreed single from each shortlisted album solely for promotional purposes on the Website and the Mercury Prize’s digital platforms.

1.9 It is a condition of entry that if shortlisted, artists will actively participate in the Mercury Prize promotional campaign and attend the Launch event and the Awards Show in London (and perform at the Awards Show if requested by MPL) on such dates as required by MPL.

1.10 The withdrawal of any entry received by MPL is at MPL’s sole discretion.

2. Artists

2.1 Artists must be of British or Irish nationality. Artists are of British or Irish nationality if they are eligible to hold a passport for either the United Kingdom or Ireland (“British” or “Irish” respectively).

2.2 For bands, either:

2.2.1 50% or more of the members must be British or Irish; or

3.2.2 30% or more of the members must be British or Irish, with the majority of all signed band members having their principle place of residence in the UK or Ireland.

3. Classical

3.1 Composers: premier recordings of works by contemporary British and Irish composers are eligible.

3.2 Performers: for a contemporary classical recital of a programme of works to be eligible, there must be clear evidence of the performer’s creative interpretation of the material. Straightforward recitals of works from the standard repertoire are not eligible.

4. Compilations, Mixtapes and Soundtracks

4.1 Compilations and mixtapes of previously released material are not eligible.

4.2 For soundtrack albums at least 65% of the album’s running time must be an original score or new recordings by British or Irish artists.

5. Retailers

For the purposes of clause 1.4 the list of retailers is as follows: 7Digital, Amazon MP3, Google Play or iTunes.

6. Eligibility and Interpretation

The final decision regarding all aspects of the Mercury Prize, including any questions concerning eligibility and the interpretation of these Terms and Conditions rests with MPL.

7. Right to Change Terms and Conditions

MPL may change these Terms and Conditions from time to time and is under no obligation to provide notice to you of any changes. You should therefore check these Terms and Conditions regularly.

8. Privacy Policy

We have a very simple privacy policy - we do not and will not share your data with any third party and will take great care to protect your data against unauthorised or unlawful use.

The Entries Website uses secure socket layer technology (SSL). This means that when you upload any information and/or content through the Website, it is transmitted via our secure online system and all of the information is encrypted or scrambled, so that the data you send is an unintelligible string of seemingly random characters. When these characters are received by our web server, the server's SSL software converts them back into useful information. The same thing happens with data you receive from our server. Your interactions are therefore private.

By submitting an entry you agree to the processing by us of your information and the use of that information as part of the administration and running of the Mercury Prize. We may contact you by e-mail with information and updates relating to the Mercury Prize. If you would prefer not to receive such information please e-mail us at the following address:

9. Payment Terms

The entry fee is £190.00 + VAT at 20% (£228), which covers the administrative element of the entry process. Payment of the entry fee for each submission must be made by debit or credit card during the online entry process on the Website. All payments will be processed securely via WorldPay.

10. Refund Policy

The entry fee is non-refundable once a submission has been made through the Website and successfully received by MPL. MPL accepts no liability or responsibility for any entries that are incorrectly or unsuccessfully submitted through the Website.

11. Intellectual Property

All rights in the site design, text, graphics and other content, the selection and arrangements thereof and the Mercury Prize Albums of the Year competition belong to MPL.

12. Right to Cancel

MPL reserves the right to suspend, cancel, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

13. Right to Exclude from the Mercury Prize

If MPL has any reason to believe that an entrant has breached the Terms and Conditions, MPL may, at its sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude the entrant from any further participation in the Mercury Prize.

14. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any disputes arising therefrom.

Contact Details: Mercury Prize Limited, 2nd Floor Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JA