The International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) is kicking off their 2016 competition. Founded in 2004, IAMA promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and celebrates up-and-coming acts. An annual event, musicians are able to gain exposure through radio and online and the winner walks away with $11,000 USD worth of prizes.
Musicians from across the globe are judged on their music performance, songwriting/composition/song choice, music production, and originality/artistry. There are a wide variety of categories that a musician or band can enter into. Musicians who have won in the past include Meghan Trainor, Jack Newsome, Canada’s Maddy Rodriguez, and Uganda’s Omega.
Sponsored by a variety of media businesses, IAMA contestants can win in any one of eight categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo, Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, and Country/Bluegrass. Additionally, there will be an overall winner who will receive a grand prize of $11,000, including promotion to more than 250 radio stations in Canada and the US. All winning songs will be heard on the radio, as well as being featured on the IAMA compilation CD with the runner-ups.
The IAMA website features up to 10 different musicians each month, providing reviews, ratings, CD information, and more.
Winners of the IAMA competition are selected by a panel of established musicians and music industry professional. All submissions must be original — unreleased songs are accepted — and submitted either online or by CD. Musicians may also choose to perform songs written by other songwriters or composers and cover songs are accepted.
The deadline to enter is November 10, 2016. For more information, visit inacoustic.com.