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Submissions Are Now Open For The 2017 Indigenous Music Awards

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Indigenous Award bannersThe Indigenous Music Awards are returning May 19th, 2017 with a new format that organizers say will better support artists in the ever changing music industry.

Submissions are open online at, and are accepted from Indigenous recording artists and music industry professionals from around the world.

All submissions must have been released between Feb. 17, 2015 to Feb. 16, 2017, and must be completed by Feb. 16, 2017 to be eligible for nomination into this year’s award categories.

The 2017 Indigenous Music Awards along with the IMA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on Friday, May 19th, at Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg.

2017 Categories:
Best Blues
Best Country
Best Folk
Best Gospel
Best Inuit, Indigenous Language or Francophone
Best Instrumental
Best Hand Drum *
Best Peyote *
Best Pow Wow – Traditional *
Best Pow Wow – Contemporary *
Best Pop
Best Rap/Hip Hop
Best Rock
Best Music Radio Program
Best Television Music Program
Best International Indigenous Release
Best Music Video
Best New Artist
Best Producer/Engineer
Best Radio Single

* Traditional categories to be presented at the Manito Ahbee International Pow Wow


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