Registration is now open for the 16th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). IAMA is the preeminent award for musicians and promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include Acoustic Cafe and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Music artists stand a chance to win awards in eight different categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo Folk, Americana/Roots/AAA, Instrumental, Open (any musical style or genre), Bluegrass/Country, etc. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top artist worth over $11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada.
In its 16th year, IAMA has a proven track record. Meghan Trainor was discovered by IAMA seven years ago and is now a global superstar with a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts with "All About That Bass" (#1 for 9 weeks) and a #1 on the Billboard 200 Charts with her debut album Title. She also won the Grammy award for Best New Artist in 2016. Trainor hit #46 on the Billboard Charts again this year with "No Excuses." Trainor has a staggering 9 songs so far on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, enough to release a "Greatest Hits Album" in her young career. The 2nd Annual IAMA winner Zane Williams’s winning song was recorded by country music star Jason Michael Carroll. The song hit #14 on the Billboard Country Charts and #99 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Jeff Gutt, a finalist at the 9th Annual IAMA, was a runner-up on X-Factor USA. Charlie Dore (known for her #1 hit “Pilot of the Airwaves”) was the top winner in 2008.
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke (see pictured) won top honors at the recent 15th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with her song “Put the Gun Down.” She also won Best Female Artist. Brooke was previously signed to MCA Records and Elektra records. Currently, Brooke is touring her recently released CD, Midnight Hallelujah, working on two new musicals, and plans on performing in various cities. A 5-song EP of new songs will be released soon.
The deadline to enter is November 8th. For more information, go to inacoustic.com