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August/September 1995 - Pg1

Washington Area Music Awards * Wammies Ballot * emmet swimming in Epic's Pool * Cleve Francis * Conferences, Etc-Pg2 * Local Notes-Pg3 * New Releases-Pg4 * Studio News-Pg5 * Open Mic-Pg6

TENTH ANNUAL - TENTH ANNUAL - TENTH ANNUAL

Washington Area Music Awards

The 10th annual Washington Area Music Awards (The Wammies) will be held Tuesday, November 7, 1995 at the Washington Hilton Ballroom. The Wammies were created to recognize career achievements of our region's musical talent. Awards are presented in a broad range of categories including: Blues, Pop/Rock,Classical, Folk, Children's Music, Urban Contemporary, Rap/Hip Hop, Latino,World Music, Underground, Jazz and etc.

Nominations and voting come from the membership of the Washington Area Music Association. Nominating Ballots are included in this edition of WAMA News. The WAMA membership encompasses music industry professionals including: musicians, songwriters, talent agents, talent managers, recording studios, lawyers, promoters, club owners, record companies, and etc.

Wammies Nomination Ballot

WAMA Board Enacts Rule Changes Each year the WAMA Board of Directors works to improve the Wammies Nomination Ballot and the voting process. This year after much discussion and many suggestions the following changes were enacted

  • The Alternative Rock/Underground genre was divided into two separate genres; Rock-Alternative Rock and Rock-Underground /Punk/Hardcore
  • The Irish genre was amended to read Irish/Celtic
  • The Metal genre was changed to Rock-Metal/Hard Rock
Two new genres were added:
  • Rock-Techno/Ambient/Electronic/lndustrial
  • New Age

In the General Awards section, Manager of the Year was added. The definition under Most Supportive of Washington Music was removed. The Board agreed that wording should be placed on each page of the ballot strongly encouraging members to nominate two names in each category. Finally, it was agreed that the Honor Roll would be discontinued.

emmet swimming in Epic's Pool

Fairfax alternative fave emmet swimming has signed a multi-album contract with Epic Records. The band's first release on Epic will be their independent album, Wake, which will include the bonus single Jump In The Water and will feature a new version of Broken Oar

New material is being recorded at Long View Recording Studio in Massachusetts with Glenn Rosenstein (Ziggy Marley, Jill Sobule, Michele Shocked) producing, The new cuts will then be mixed at Electric Ladyland in New York City by Steve Boyer (Peter Gabriel, Bob Mould, Throwing Muses, Adam Ant). emmet swimming will tour extensively in support of wake and plans to reenter the studio in late Spring 1996 to record their next album.

Black Country Music Association

Cleve Francis has become Co-Founder and President of The Black Country Music Association (BCMA) based in Nashville. The purpose of the organization is to work with the current country music industry to highlight the contributions of African Americans in traditional and contemporary country music. For more information write to BCMA, P.O. Box 128073, Nashville, TN 37212.

WAMA Auction & Raffle

WAMA will hold an Auction & Raffle of celebrity memorabilia in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of The Wammies. The gala event will be held during the WAMA Hall of Fame Awards in early November; a week prior to the Wammies. Our goal is to create a unique event that will allow music-lovers to feel connected with the artists themselves. If you would like to contribute any item(s) to our fundraising celebration or would like to receive a list of suggested types of items that would be appropriate, contact WAMA at 202-338-1134.

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