The EDGE Awards are presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) to nominated feature films, TV movies, music, reality programs and episodes of scripted television series that effectively promote firearm safety and discourage gun violence. Launched with the initial support from The Joyce Foundation, this recognition has been given to the creative community for three years.
This is EIC’s second prominent recognition event, following our successful televised PRISM Awards, which recognizes accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse, addiction and treatment in film, television and music. The EDGE Awards is a natural progression since there is a direct correlation between a variety of health and social issues and gun violence.
To qualify for the EDGE Awards, television programs, films and music must meet one or more of the following requirements:
- Emphasize the aftermath of gun violence: the emotional, physical, legal or financial repercussions.
- Discourage gun violence as a means of conflict resolution.
- Focus on storage precautions, including the possible consequences of failure to secure firearms properly.
- Stress the importance of keeping guns away from children.
- Give accurate statistics and information about gun violence and safety.
- Depict or address firearm safety devices, such as trigger and cable locks and their appropriate use.
- Explore possible avenues to address gun violence.
- Discuss obstacles hindering gun safety.
- Offer information to ensure safe usage.