Do you have questions about the Wammie Awards? If so, we’re here to help!

When do nominations begin and end?

The 2019 Wammie Awards public nominations open on January 1, 2019 and close on January 31, 2019. Nominations for the 2019 Wammie Awards must be for music releases debuted in the calendar year of 2018 between January 1st and December 31st. 

Who can nominate artists/bands?

Anyone whose current residence is in Washington DC, Virginia, or Maryland may nominate. More than one nomination can be submitted for each award category, but you cannot nominate the same artist, for the same award, multiple times (Ex:  Joe Public can submit Band A, Band B, and Band C in the Best Rock Album Category. However, Joe Public cannot submit Band A three times for the Best Rock Album Category).

How are artists/bands nominated?

Anyone living in DC, Maryland, or Virginia can nominate artists, by completing a nomination form on our nomination page.

Is there a regional requirement for eligibility?

Yes. In order to be eligible, you must live within the Washington, DC, metropolitan, area. Please see the map here that illustrates our eligibility region. If a nominee is based beyond the highlighted region, they are ineligible to be nominated.

How is a band, or artists, location determined?

Artists location is based on their residence and a band’s location is determined by 51% of its members’ residence. The address must be in our eligible region. In order to be selected as a finalist, the Wammie Awards Committee will verify addresses, based on artists/bands website address, drivers license, or other means by which to verify residence. Please review our county heat map to determine if you, or your nominees. are eligible. 

What is The MusicianShip?

The MusicianShip is a DC-based 501(c)(3) that facilitates music lessons, experiences, and opportunities for youth who need us most. In 2019, we will serve over 1600 youth through after-school programs, summer programs, and master class programs in DC, South Africa, and France. In addition to producing the Wammie Awards, we are also the new home of the DC Funk Parade. Please visit TheMusicianShip.org to learn more!

Who decides which nominees become finalists?

The top seven (7) most nominated artists/groups, who are eligible, become finalists.

How are winners selected?

The public submits nominations for each category.  The top 7 most nominated artists/bands become finalists and are judged by dozens of subject matter experts, which include local musicians, radio hosts, music journalists, DJ’s, and other creative peers who understand, and influence, the regions music industry.  The finalist with the highest score, in each category, wins.

What is a “Release?”

A release is a song or recording which an artist formally, and professionally, recorded, produced, and released for public consumption between January 1st – December 31st of 2018. To be eligible for a Wammie Award, we require that a release be published on at least (2) public music streaming platforms including:  iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer, SoundCloud and BandCamp. YouTube Releases will not be considered for the 2019 Awards Season.

What are the Wammie Award Categories?

  • Best Acapella Artist/Group 
  • Best Big Band Artist/Group 
  • Best Big Band Album 
  • Best Bluegrass Artist/Group 
  • Best Bluegrass Album 
  • Best Blues Artist/Group 
  • Best Blues Album 
  • Best Children’s Music Artist/Group 
  • Best Classical Chamber Ensemble 
  • Best Classical Orchestral Ensemble 
  • Best Country/Americana Artist/Group 
  • Best Country/Americana Album 
  • Best Electronic/Techno Artist/Group 
  • Best Folk Artist/Group 
  • Best Folk Album 
  • Best Funk Artist/Group 
  • Best Funk Album 
  • Best Funk Song 
  • Best Gogo Artist/Group 
  • Best Gogo Album 
  • Best Gogo Song 
  • Best Gospel Artist/Group 
  • Best Gospel Song 
  • Best Gospel Album 
  • Best Hard Rock Artist/Group 
  • Best Hard Rock Song 
  • Best Hard Rock Album 
  • Best Hip Hop Artist/Group 
  • Best Hip Hop Song 
  • Best Hip Hop Album 
  • Best Jazz Artist/Group 
  • Best Jazz Song 
  • Best Jazz Album 
  • Best Latin Artist/Group 
  • Best Latin Album 
  • Best Pop Artist/Group 
  • Best Pop Song 
  • Best Pop Album 
  • Best Punk Artist/Group 
  • Best Punk Album 
  • Best Rap Artist/Group 
  • Best Rap Song 
  • Best Rap Album 
  • Best R&B Artist/Group 
  • Best R&B Song 
  • Best R&B Album 
  • Best Soul Artist/Group 
  • Best Soul Song 
  • Best Soul Album 
  • Best Reggae Artist/Group 
  • Best Reggae Album 
  • Best Rock Artist/Group 
  • Best Rock Song 
  • Best Rock Album 
  • Best World Music Artist/Group 
  • Best World Music Album
  • Do Good Award
  • Educator Award
  • Music Media Award
  • Best Music Studio Award
  • Advocacy Award

There used to be more categories? What happened?

With this being The MusicianShip’s first year of producing the Wammie Awards, we wanted to consolidate the number of awards to a manageable amount, focusing on categories that are hyper-active in the greater DC region. We will consider adding more award categories in the future, and welcome your feedback on which awards to include at hello@wammiesDC.org.

Why must nominees pay to attend the award show?

Historically, WAMA members paid membership dues and paid to attend the Wammie Awards. The MusicianShip is not a membership association and, therefore, does not charge dues. Instead, in an effort to make the award show sustainable, we ask that nominees pay a discounted price to our award show and conference.

Why are the awards for some genres different than others?

For the 2019 Wammie Awards, we strived for equity, in terms of which genres we included, while emphasizing genres that are hyper-active in, and unique to, this region. As we aim to be responsive to the musical interests of this region, we take your feedback seriously and look forward to your input in future years.

Why must nominees' music be on Apple, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Tidal, Deezer, SoundCloud, and BandCamp?

The Wammie Awards Steering Committee specifically chose this array of streaming services to create an equitable playing field for content submission in our region of coverage. While we want artists’ music to be enjoyed locally, in order to raise the profile of DC-area music, we want to encourage our creative community to strive for publishing music that can be consumed globally.

Are all awards going to announced at the Award Show?

No. Some awards will be announced at the Wammie Award Show on Sunday evening. Others will be announced at our Wammie Weekend Day Conference on Saturday. Please sign up for our newsletter to learn which awards will be announced when!

What happened to the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA)?

After 34 years of doing great work in the DC Metropolitan Area, WAMA made the difficult decision to dissolve, amidst challenges faced by the organization and leadership. Instead of discontinuing the Wammie Awards, WAMA decided that The Wammies needed a new, mission-aligned, home that could preserve this important DC-Area treasure. On March 9, 2018, the WAMA Board adopted a resolution, with the dual intent of dissolving and transferring all remaining assets to The MusicianShip – including the right to produce the Wammies. Many WAMA Board members remain involved and are on The MusicianShip’s Steering Committee for the Wammie Awards.

If I am a former WAMA member, and released a Project in 2016 or 2017, am I eligible for a 2019 Wammie Award?

No, unfortunately. When WAMA transferred their assets to The MusicianShip, we were faced with some challenging decisions – this being one. To honor WAMA members’ tireless dedication, over the last 34 years, we are offering discounted Wammie Weekend tickets to former WAMA members. We hope to see you out and retain your support!