The first round of voting is open for the 6th Annual Madison Area Music Awards and will run until March 20th. The nominees will be announced March 28th at the Brink Lounge.
There are over 350 registrants this year. This means our voting site has more local music assembled in one place than ever before. And you can stream this material as you're helping choose your favorites.
The first round of voting is quite different this year. In the past we utilized a good/better/best rating system that required a voter to listen to a minute of three songs, rate them, then move on to the next three. Although that was a good way for the best to bubble up, and it got people to actually listen, it was also very time consuming.
This year the first round is just like the final round. You'll see a list of the registrants in each award category. You can link to the artist's profile to listen to the song, album, or check out whatever else the artist has chosen to put in their profile. Voters pick three in each category. The video category - new this year - is especially fun.
Voting requires membership in the MAMAs and a minimum $5 contribution to our charitable fund to help us fund music education programs and provide musical instruments for kids. The bulk of our charitable giving is the result of these membership donations.
The 6th Annual Madison Area Music Awards will be held May 9th at the Barrymore Theatre. We will soon be announcing performers. Our first fundraiser is February 21st at the High Noon and features Urban and R&B performers. On March 21st we are hosting our third "Free Beer for a Year" fundraiser courtesy of JT Whitney's, where you could win the grand prize and spend the next 52 weeks in beer bliss.