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Entries Open For 3rd Annual Voice Arts® Awards
Competition, Featuring More Award Categories

June 15, 2016

(VOXtra) - The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences™ (SOVAS™) has announced the opening of entries for the 3rd Annual Voice Arts® Awards - an international competition for voice actors and content creators of film, television, radio, video games, audiobooks, podcasts and other digital media.

New for this year's competition are an expansion of award categories to include:
  • Automobile Advertising (TV, radio and web)
  • Japanese Language (Commercial and Animation)
  • Radio Imaging (Demos and On-Air Production)
  • Outstanding Body of Work (a Tribute)
  • More Spanish-Speaking categories
Judges will winnow down the entries to five final nominees in each category, and winners will be announced and celebrated live at the Voice Arts Awards Gala on November 13 in Los Angeles.

"As is tradition, the 2016 ceremony will take place on a star-studded Sunday night," SOVAS announced. "Notably, the Voice Arts Award statuette was designed in partnership with R.S. Owens, makers of the Oscar® and the Emmy® awards."

Also at the Awards Gala, SOVAS will present the Muhammad Ali Voice of Humanity Honor - developed in partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center - to "an individual whose voice, through humanitarianism, activism or personal sacrifice, has made a decidedly positive impact on our national or global condition as a society."

This award category was "designated and approved months before" Ali's death earlier this month, SOVAS notes.

The Muhammad Ali Center is an honorary sponsor of SOVAS, and SOVAS will be encouraging donations on the Center's behalf.

SOVAS will also honor a "notable talent" with the Voice Arts Icon Award at the Gala. Previous recipients have been James Earl Jones and William Shatner.


The Voice Arts Awards competition is open to voice actors, producers, casting directors, audio engineers, creative directors and other involved in the voice acting industry.

It is "the only major award competition dedicated to honoring and acknowledging all those who create and sustain excellence in projects where voice acting is a key factor in the final creative," SOVAS says. "That covers just about every type of digital entertainment, advertising and informational video project."

Individuals and companies may submit entries online at The Earlybird Entry deadline is June 30.

SOVAS explains:
  • An individual may submit his own work independent of the producing company.
  • Companies may submit work on behalf of the voice actor, producer, writer, etc., or the company itself.
  • The individual or company entering the work may list any number of credits to be considered for award eligibility.
See articles about previous winners: 2015, 2014.


The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences is an organization that oversees several programs for voice artists involving training, resources, employment, scholarships and recognition of excellence. In addition to the awards program, these include the That's Voiceover!™ Career Expo and Conference (held this year on November 12, the day prior to the awards gala) and scholarships.

SOVAS was recently honored with an award for "Outstanding Innovation in Support of Narrators and Spoken Word Artists" at the HEAR Now Festival on June 12 in Kansas City, MO - an annual event presented by the National Audio Theater Festivals.

"SOVAS is creating new opportunities for the entire industry and influencing the entire voice acting community in dynamic ways," said Sue Zizza, President and Co-Chair of the National Audio Theater Festivals, in presenting the award. "We are thrilled to honor them with this award." (Zizza is pictured, right, with SOVAS CEO Rudy Gaskins and SOVAS Chief Communications Officer Joan Baker.)

For more about SOVAS, please visit

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6/15/2016 at 6:33 PM
Many thanks to John Florian and the VoiceOverXTRA team for sharing the news. This year's Voice Arts® Awards and That's Voiceover!™ Career Conference will be truly spectacular. I only wish I could share half the pending news but if you've attended in the past you already know that you can always expect to walk away inspired, fulfilled and ready to take on your career with newfound energy and perspective. Plus, now is the time to get tickets at the SUPER EARLY BIRD rate so don't delay. TIX and Award Entires available at and Hope to see you there!
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