Billboard's 30 Under 30: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Billboard's "30 Under 30"?

"30 Under 30" is an annual report in Billboard's Power Player series. It recognizes rising young executives who drive our business forward with their artistic and business vision.

What is the cut-off birthdate for "30 Under 30" nominees?

A "30 Under 30" nominee must be born after Aug 13, 1981. This special feature will appear in the Billboard issue dated Aug 13, 2011.

How does Billboard confirm birthdates?

Chosen nominees will be contacted by Billboard and asked to provide proof of age through an emailed scan of their driver's license, passport or similar document. These copies are not retained by Billboard after 30 Under 30 is published.

How will Billboard choose from among the nominees?

Billboard editors will chose among the nominees by considering the measurable impact of each young executive and their achievements during the previous 12 months, as presented in their online nomination form.

What are some examples of measurable impact?

"30 Under 30" nominees chosen by Billboard must offer examples of how their work contributed to a measurable impact in their company's business such as an increase in sales or market share, the success of a specific project, or the closing of a specific deal.

What industry sectors are eligible for nomination?

Nominees may come from any industry sector involved in the music business. Individuals who work primarily as artists or songwriters are not eligible unless they own the rights to their recordings or songs and act in a business capacity to market them.

May I nominate an individual who works at my company, or whom I supervise?

Yes. But you may also nominate a peer at another company.

If I have additional questions, whom do I contact?

Send additional questions to Thom Duffy, Billboard Special Features Editor at