International Acoustic Music Awards Submissions Open

Deadline is fast approaching for the 12th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). IAMA is a 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 radio and web exposure through this competition and win $11,000 worth of prizes.

Entrants come from all over the world: Australia, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Germany, USA, South Africa and more. Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition/song choice, music production and originality/artistry. You 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 UK), The Refugees (USA), Kate Lush (Australia), Wayne Southards (USA), Larry Pattis (USA), Omega (Uganda), El McMeen and more. Last year’s winner went to Australian singer/songwriter Carl Wockner who won the overall grand prize as well as the Best AAA/Alternative Song.

"I am blown away with this huge win. When you are so passionate about the music you create, it's hard not to live it, but to know that others love it as much as me feels ninja amazing," said an elated Wockner, who became the first Australian to win the top award at IAMA.

"I am very excited and surprised to win," said Trainor, 6th 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—the hit single sold over 12 million copies in the first six months. She has two new songs currently on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts: "Marvin Gaye," a duet with Charlie Puth; "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," a duet with John Legend.

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

Prizes can be won 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 winner awarded to the top winner worth over $11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in U.S. and Canada as well as winning songs being played on radio. Winners and runner-ups will be featured on a CD compilation. In addition, up to 10 different artists 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 selects winners. Winners and finalists of the Awards will be featured on the IAMA website and E-newsletters, read by music press, talent buyers, promoters and other industry insiders. All songs 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.

Deadline to enter is Nov. 6.

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