Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) Entries for the upcoming annual award ceremony that recognizes excellence in traditional arts and music in Taiwan increased this year after a review of submission rules, the organizers said Tuesday.
A total of 882 entries have been received for the 32nd Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music, an increase of 239 from last year, said Annie Chen , director of the National Center for Traditional Arts.
The center is the administrative body of the Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center, where the ceremony will be held on Oct. 9.
The increase was most noticeable in the music production category, which received 702 entries compared with only 481 last year, the Ministry of Culture (MOC) said in a statement.
The increase in submissions is believed to be because the format artists can submit their works was expanded to include digital entries, such as media saved on USBs, instead of accepting only CDs and DVDs, Chen said.
"We are in the digital era, and nowadays there many ways to release a piece of work. In the past we only accepted CDs and DVDs, but when digital is the main trend, we would lose out on a lot of works," Chen said.
Likewise, the awards also accepted traditional records so artists could use older media to submit their works, Chen added.
The drop in submissions to only 643 entries last year, where the awards normally see between 800-1,000 entries, prompted an internal review of the reasons for the decline, which then resulted in broader formats rules for entries, Chen said.
"Receiving an increased number of submissions during the pandemic compared to last year is good news," Chen said.