IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is currently accepting entries. It 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 Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, D'Addario Strings, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, AirplayAccess.com, Sonicbids.com, Broadjam.com, Kari Estrin Management, Acoustic Cafe Radio Show and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
The Acoustic Cafe radio show, a nationally syndicated radio show is showcasing the winners of the past year this month with Liz Longley, El McMeen, Gary Procyshyn and more.
Unlike American Idol, IAMA is open to all independent artists and labels, there is no age limit and people from all countries can enter and best off all entrants do not have to stand in line for hours or days in order to audition. Entrants need to mail in an entry form along with a CD recording or enter online on IAMA's website.
Win prizes in 8 different categories: Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass/Country, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada. Therefore, winning songs will be heard on radio. Winners and runner-ups will also be featured on IAMA's compilation CD.
Last year’s winner went to folk singer-songwriter Liz Longley, a college student attending Berklee College of Music. After her win, she was confirmed to be performing in the prestigious Newport Folk Festival. Virtuoso Guitarist El McMeen won the 1st prize in the instrumental category last year.
Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition and originality. Winners are selected by a panel of established artists and industry professionals. Other past winners include: The Refugees (2009 Winner), UK singer-songwriter Charlie Dore (2008 winner). Charlie Dore is most famous in the United States for her 1980 pop single, "Pilot of the Airwaves," which hit Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and shot to international worldwide fame. Fertitta and McClintock (USA), Jen Foster USA), Mistin' (Australia), David Francey (Juno award winner from Canada), April Verch (Canada) and Millish USA).
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 on CD, the artist may perform original material not yet released and written by other songwriters or composers. Deadline to enter is: November 9, 2010.