Nominations for the Upstate Music Awards will begin on Thursday, November 21st and close on Friday, December 27th. The voting period will begin on Wednesday, January 1st and close on Thursday, January 23rd. Finalists for each category will be notified and announced by early February.
The formal presentation of the Upstate Music Awards will take place in downtown Greenville, South Carolina in early March at Zen – An Elegant Space for Hire.
Artist of the Year — The committee will select the Artist of the Year based on both fan response and the artist’s overall musical contributions in 2019. This category is closed during the nomination and voting period.
Best Album — Eligible to artists that released a new album in 2019. For our purposes, an “Album” is at least eight tracks OR longer than twenty five minutes.
Best EP — Eligible to artists that released a new EP in 2019. For our purposes, an “EP” cannot be more than seven tracks OR longer than twenty five minutes.
Best Single — Eligible to artists that released a new single in 2019.
Best Music Video — Eligible to artists that released a music video — either performance or scripted — in 2019. This award will recognize the artist, director, and / or production company.
Best Live Act — Eligible to acts that have performed locally at least once in 2019. For our purposes, “locally” refers to shows within the 864 area code.
Best New Artist — Eligible to new artists that began recording or performing original music in 2019.
Best Solo Artist — Eligible to recording or performing solo artists. For our purposes, a “Solo Artist” is defined as one person.
Best Collaboration — Eligible to artists that released a collaboration in 2019. For our purposes, a “Collaboration” refers to a recording by two or more local artists that don’t frequently work together.
Best Studio Producer / Engineer — Eligible to studio producers and engineers that worked on a local release in 2019. For our purposes, a “local release” refers to music from an artist based in the 864 area code.
Best Album Art/ Visual Design — Eligible to artists credited with single / EP / album artwork, show promo, stage design, or any other visually creative pieces for music in 2019.
Best Music Photographer — Eligible to photographers who captured footage in 2019 of a local artist for their press kit or on stage.
Write-in Vote — Eligible to artists who didn’t meet the criteria for any of the other categories (maybe they didn’t release anything new in 2019?) but you still feel deserves to be recognized.
864 Award — Eligible to Upstate artists, residents, and local music supporters that demonstrate outstanding character, philanthropy, and compassion for our music scene.