2019 MSA Recognition Awards

Nominations for the 2019 MSA Recognition Awards are now being accepted. Award winners will be announced on Saturday, March 30 during the Networking and Awards Gala at MSA FORWARD 2019 in San Diego.

Recognition award categories include:

  • MSA Vendor of the Year
  • Best Visual Merchandising
  • Best Product Development
  • Best Store Web Presence
  • Best Pop-Up Store or Store Special Event
  • Museum Store Sunday Event (Institution)
  • Museum Store Sunday Event (Vendor)

Nomination deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.

General Information:

  • MSA is not responsible for lost or damaged entries.
  • All entry materials become the property of MSA and cannot be returned.
  • Entrants allow MSA to use photographs of winning entries, at no charge, in MSA publications and online.
  • Institutions and companies will be credited in any published reference to winning entries.
  • Institutions may submit entries for more than one award category.
  • All budget information will be kept strictly confidential.

Finalists will be announced by March 15, 2019. The winners will be announced Saturday, March 30, during the Networking and Awards Gala at MSA FORWARD 2019 in San Diego, CA.

MSA Vendor of the Year

The 2019 MSA Vendor of the Year Award recognizes a vendor who has gone above and beyond in providing goods or services to the MSA community. The winner of the award is chosen based on collaboration, innovation, customer focus, quality and service.

Nomination deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Eligibility:

  1. Must be an MSA Vendor Member in good standing.
  2. Nominated projects must have been completed within the past two years (Jan 2017–Dec 2018).
  3. One entry per company.
  4. Finalists are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Networking and Awards Gala on March 30, 2019 at MSA FORWARD 2019.

Best Visual Merchandising

The 2019 Best Visual Merchandising Award recognizes excellence in visual merchandising by an institution. The winner of the award is chosen based on creative use of resources, collaboration and how well the display extends the museum experience.

Nomination deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Eligibility:

  1. Must be an MSA Individual Member in good standing.
  2. Display must have been completed within the past two years (Jan 2017–Dec 2018).
  3. One display per institution. Display size may range from a table display to an entire section of merchandising.
  4. Finalists are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Networking and Awards Gala on March 30, 2019 at MSA FORWARD 2019.

Best Product Development

The 2019 Best Product Development Award recognizes excellence in product development by an institution. The winner of the award is chosen based on fulfillment of the institution’s mission, achieved sales goal, and collaboration and marketing efforts.

Nomination deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Eligibility:

  1. Must be an MSA Individual Member in good standing.
  2. Product development must have been completed within the past two years (Jan 2017–Dec 2018).
  3. One product per institution; submission may be part of a product line.
  4. Finalists are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Networking and Awards Gala on March 30, 2019 at MSA FORWARD 2019.

Best Store Web Presence

The 2019 Best Store Web Presence Award recognizes excellence in online store presence, appearance, and functionality by an institution.  The winner of the award is chosen based on collaboration, innovation, usability, quality, and service.

Nomination deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Eligibility:

  1. Must be an MSA Individual Member in good standing.
  2. Submissions must include use of social media, an online store, or both.
  3. One submission per institution.
  4. Finalists are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Networking and Awards Gala on March 30, 2019 at MSA FORWARD 2019.

Best Pop-Up Store or Store Special Event

The 2019 Best Pop-Up Store or Store Special Event Award recognizes excellence in a pop-up store or store special event at an institution.  The winner of the award is chosen based on creative elements used, how mission/event focused the store or event is, any increase in sales, and the marketing plan.

Nomination deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Eligibility:

  1. Must be an MSA Individual Member in good standing.
  2. Pop-up store or special event must have been completed within the past two years (Jan 2017–Dec 2018).
  3. One submission per institution.
  4. Finalists are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Networking and Awards Gala on March 30, 2019 at MSA FORWARD 2019.

Museum Store Sunday Special Event — Institution

The 2019 Museum Store Sunday Special Event — Institution Award recognizes excellence in a Museum Store Sunday special event at a participating institution.  The winner of the award is chosen based on creative elements used, how Museum Store Sunday mission/event focused the store or event is, any Museum Store Sunday collateral used, and the marketing plan.

Nomination deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Eligibility:

  1. Must be an MSA Individual Member in good standing.
  2. Event must have been completed as part of Museum Store Sunday 2018 (11/25/2018)
  3. One submission per institution.
  4. Finalists are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Networking and Awards Gala on March 30, 2019 at MSA FORWARD 2019.

Museum Store Sunday Special Event — Vendor

The 2019 Museum Store Sunday Special Event — Vendor Award recognizes excellence in a Museum Store Sunday special event by a vendor in collaboration with an institution.  The winner of the award is chosen based on creative elements used, how Museum Store Sunday mission/event focused the product or event is, any increase in sales, and the marketing plan.

Nomination deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Eligibility:

  1. Must be an MSA Vendor Member in good standing.
  2. Event or product must have been completed as part of Museum Store Sunday 2018 (11/25/2018)
  3. One submission per company.
  4. Finalists are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Networking and Awards Gala on March 30, 2019 at MSA FORWARD 2019.