The 2020 Wammie Awards public nominations open on December 1, 2019 and close on January 31, 2020. Nominations for the 2020 Wammie Awards must be for music releases debuted in the calendar year of 2019 between January 1 and December 31.
The nomination period happens in two phases:
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).
Anyone living in DC, Maryland, or Virginia can nominate artists, by completing a nomination form on our nomination page.
Yes. In order to be eligible, you must live within the Washington, D.C. 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.
The MusicianShip is a DC-based 501(c)(3) that facilitates music lessons, experiences, and opportunities for youth who need us most. In 2020, we will serve over 1,800 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!
An album is a compilation of at least (5) songs which an artist formally, and professionally, recorded, produced, and released for public consumption between January 1st – December 31st of 2019. To be eligible for a Wammie Award, we require that an album 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 2020 Awards Season.
The top seven (7) most nominated artists/groups, who are eligible, become finalists.
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.
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 2019. 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 2020 Awards Season.
This year’s award categories are (new/updated awards are in blue):
General Interest Categories
With this being The MusicianShip’s second 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.
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, finalists, and winners pay a discounted price to our award show and conference.
For the 2020 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!