Every year in the Fall we do an awards show, and we are now covering the entire Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming). There is a nomination process, then voting and then the awards show that features performances by many of the nominees.
HOW DO I GET NOMINATED
1. Let us know about you - Contact Us. We try to put EVERY possible candidate on the FIRST ballot. We do ask that you be an ACTIVE country performer and we define that as having played at least 5 public shows in the previous 12 months.
2. We hold open voting on the first ballot and then the top 5 from every category are placed on the final ballot. So the other thing that you need to do besides contact us, is GET YOUR FANS TO VOTE! When the time comes, we'll provide the link to voting that you can share.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE "COUNTRY"
Country music has gone through many changes over the years in terms of style and it will continue to do so. The short answer is that we embrace all eras and variations of country/folk/americana and we really just try to connect with all performers that identify with country/rural/roots music. The northwest has it's own brand of country music - so if you feel connected to the unique country music scene here in the northwest, then you are!
HOW DOES THE VOTING WORK?
We use this website to create the ballots and tally the results. We allow ALL OF YOUR FANS TO VOTE, no matter where they live! We double the votes of paid members.
WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES?
Our categories are similar to other music awards shows. We have made minor adjustments every year and we will again this year. We will publish the categories in August, but if you look at last year's results that should give you a good idea.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR NOMINATIONS, ETC...
We will announce the categories and ask for help in building the first ballot in August. The nominating votes will be cast in September and then the final ballot voting will be complete in October.
If you have a question that we didn't answer here, please let us know!