The Vinyla Awards were founded in 2011 with the task of annually highlighting important artists and achievements in contemporary Czech popular music. The award shortlists are usually widely varied – with both experimental and pop recordings appearing next to each other. Vinyla wants to acknowledge artists who bring original and innovative elements to the Czech music scene. The award ceremony usually takes place in February, and the prizegiving is part of a concert night with some of the nominated bands. The Vinyla Awards are supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture.