The Choice Music Prize for 2010 is set to take place in Vicar St on Thursday March 3rd. The €10,000 prize is funded and administered by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) and will be awarded by to the act deemed by a panel of eleven (one less than the usual twelve) industry professionals to have released the best Irish album of 2010.

The ten nominees for the Choice Music Prize 2010 will be announced on Wednesday January 12th, and of course, we'll have them here for you as soon as they are. The list of judges will also be announced that day.

Five years after co-founding the prize with Dave Reid, Jim Carroll has stepped down, and fellow Irish Times writer Tony Clayton-Lea will be taking his place as chairman of the judging panel.

Adrian Crowley took home last year's prize for his album 'Season of the Sparks' and has since picked up a record deal with brilliant Glasgow label Chemikal Underground.

For more information, including an extensive list of Irish albums from 2010 visit