IAMA 2016 Entries open pictured Jack Newsome

Entries Open for IAMA's, Deadline Nov. 10

UPDATED: 11/2/16 - IAMA Deadline Approaching--Nov. 10

The deadline for the 2016 IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is approaching. Established in 2004, IAMA is the musician awards for up-and-coming music artists. It promotes excellence in Acoustic Music performance and artistry; it is geared towards today's best up-and-coming music acts. Together for an exclusive, once-in-a-year event, acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. The winner will receive $11,000 (USD) worth of prizes.

Entrants come from all over the world: Australia, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Germany, U.S., South Africa and more. Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition/song choice, music production and originality/artistry. Artists can enter in a number of categories such as: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group, Folk, Alternative, AOG (Open Category) and more.

Past years' winners include: Meghan Trainor, Carl Wockner, Kelley James, AJ Croce, Maddy Rodriguez (Canada), David Francey (Canada), Liz Longley, Charlie Dore (hit singer/songwriter from U.K.), the Refugees (U.S.), Fertitta & McClintock, Kate Lush (Australia), Wayne Southards (U.S.), Larry Pattis (U.S.), Omega (Uganda), El McMeen and many more. Last year’s winnings went to Berklee College of Music student Jack Newsome (see pictured) who won the overall grand prize.

"I am absolutely floored to have won this award; it’s such an honor. As a Meghan Trainor fan, it’s pretty surreal to me that we’re both been honored in the same competition," said Newsome.

"I am very excited and surprised to win," said Meghan Trainor, sixth annual IAMA Best Female Artist Winner, who hit No. 1 with a debut single and album on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 Album charts respectively last year. Her debut single "All About That Bass" became a hit and Trainor has become an international household name, her hit single sold over 12 million copies in the first six months. She also won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

IAMA is sponsored by: D'Addario Strings, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Aspri Reverb, Sirius XM Radio, Acoustic Café Radio Show, SemiClef.com, Kari Estrin Management & Consulting and Sonicbids.

Entrants can win prizes in eight different categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo, Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open and Country/Bluegrass. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize awarded to the top winner worth over $11,000 USD, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in U.S. and Canada. Winning songs will also be heard on radio. Winners and runner-ups will be featured on the IAMA CD compilation. Also, up to 10 different artists will get featured and promoted on IAMA website every month, which provides a review, ratings, CD information and more.

A panel of established artists and industry professionals will select the winners. Winners and finalists of the Awards will be featured in the IAMA website and e-newsletters, read by music press, talent buyers, promoters and other industry insiders. All songs submitted must be submitted must be original and submitted online or via CD, the artist may also perform original material not yet released and written by other songwriters or composers. Cover songs are permitted.

The deadline to enter is Nov. 10.

For more information, visit inacoustic.com.


ORIGINAL POST: Aug. 2, 2016

Entries for the 2016 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) are now being accepted. IAMA promotes excellence in “Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry.” Acoustic artists in a variety of genres can gain radio and Internet exposure and win $11,000 worth of prizes.

The competition is open to amateur and professional musicians and songwriters of all genres, regardless of nationality or origin. All songs submitted must be original, and there must be at least one acoustic instrument in every song. Entrants can submit to the competition online or through the mail (via printable form from the website). All entries must be postmarked no later than Nov. 10.

Pictured is 2015 winner Jack Newsome.

For additional information and the rules, visit inacoustic.com.