Registration is now open for the 20th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards); a great opportunity for music artists everywhere. IAMA is the preeminent awards for musicians, 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 winner worth over US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada.
IAMA is sponsored by: PreSonus, Solid State Logic (SSL), New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Ditto Music, Sirius XM Radio, Ditto Music, Acoustic Café Radio Show, Paige Capo, Make Music Matter and Kari Estrin Management & Consulting.
In its 20th year, IAMA has a proven track record of winners going on to get signed and hit the Billboard Charts. Meghan Trainor was discovered by IAMA nine years ago and is now a global superstar with #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts with “All About That Bass” (#1 for 8 weeks) and #1 on The Billboard 200 Charts with her debut album “Title”, won for a Grammy award for Best New Artist in 2016. Meghan has a staggering 10 songs so far on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts so far, enough to release a “Greatest Hits Album” in her young music career. The 2nd Annual IAMA winner Zane Williams’s winning song was recorded by country music star Jason Michael Carroll, that song hit #14 on Billboard Country Charts and #99 on 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. Bertie Higgins & Bellamy Brothers, who won the Best Folk Category at the 13th Annual IAMA. Bertie Higgins is known for his #1 hit “Key Largo” and Top 10 hit “Just Another Day in Paradise”. Bellamy Brothers are known for their eleven #1 hits “Let Your Love Flow”, “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me”, “Too Much Is Not Enough” and many more.
Critically Acclaimed Ireland based folk-acoustic artist Ryan Sheridan won top honors in the 19th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). He also won Best Male Artist Award as well.
“I am shocked, humbled and deeply grateful to receive the Overall Grand Prize at the IAMA. It is an incredible honour to be recognized among such musical talent”, said Ryan Sheridan, the past year’s top winner.
Other notable winners include: Pat Byrne (also from Ireland) won a Runner-Up award in the Best Male Artist category with his song “Feels Like Living”. In 2012, Byrne was crowned the winner of the first series of The Voice of Ireland, which led to the release of his debut album, “All or Nothing.” In January 2019, Byrne emigrated to Austin, Texas.
Deidre McCalla, won Best Folk Award with her song “Shoulder to The Wheel”. The Early Mays won Best Group/Duo Award with their song “The Ballad of Johnny Fall”.
The deadline to enter is November 9th. For more information, go to: