Call For Nominations

The time is now to nominate your brand for the 2017 Sponsor Awards! All submissions will be judged by a panel of industry leaders. All winners will be announced at the 2017 Sponsor Awards in New York City.

The awards are open to all 2017 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola® sponsors. Nominations MUST be submitted by October 16th.

Google Account is required for submission.
To submit please follow the steps below:

The categories and qualifications for each category. Upon review create a google login if you don't alreadt have an account. Then select which categories your brand qualifies for. One brand may submit for as many categories as desired. Please note that only one (1) submission per brand in each category will be permitted.

The NOMINATE button(s) on each of the desired category that your brand qualifies for to reach the submission form. Following the guidelines, complete all required information .

Upon submission of all materials a packet containing all nominees for each category will be submitted to our Panel of judges for review and selection of Winners. Winners will be Announced at the 2017 Sponsor Awards in NYC on November 15th!
The Judging Panel

The panel of judges will consist of ESSENCE editors, select representatives from Time Inc. and an invited group of members of the event and trade publication industries. Panelists will rank each submission using a 1 – 5 numerical score. Nominations will be judged based upon Creativity, Originality, Distinguish-ability and Level of audience engagement.

Please contact Reegan Houston at with any inquiries about the nomination process, qualifications or any specific needs about your submission(s).

In Case You Missed It!

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Presenting and Major Sponsorship Levels

A multi-platform execution, attributed to: Print, Digital, Social, Mobile and/or the Festival App.

Presenting and Major Sponsorship Levels

Exemplifies the use of media and technology to enhance the experience of engaged consumers, pre-, during or post- Festival.

Presenting and Major Sponsorship Levels

Multi-category execution pre-, during or post- Festival among multiple extensions.


All Sponsorship Levels

First time partners that activated within at least one festival extension.

Presenting and Major Sponsorship Levels

Engaged within multi-platform executions, community-based activities and more.

All Sponsorship Levels

Our audience chooses their favorite partner for the 2017 Essence Festival!


Check out this year's new award categories! Our ESSENCE Editor's will be the judge of who brought their A-game at this year's festival. Stay tuned to see which partners will take home the Entertainment All Star, Best Booth Design, Enterprise on the Rise or Best of Beauty award.

No Sumbission Required!

Integrated at least one TV show or film during Festival weekend via multiple festival platforms.

Showcased outstanding aesthetic and creativity within their footprint on the Convention Center floor.

A Path to Power Conference partner exclusive that showcased their innovation and entrepreneurial efforts.

A Beauty & Style partner that ignited consumer engagement, multi-platform execution and more!