Press Release: The Boston Music Awards -- Two nights, new awards, format, and owners


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Boston, MA - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 -- The Boston Music Awards celebrate the city’s finest musicians over two nights at The Sinclair on December 9th and 10th. The new format, along with new award categories - including the very special Hall Of Fame Award - are the first strategic changes by new owners.

December 10, 2015 - Performing artists:

  • Evan Dando of The Lemonheads (2015 Hall Of Fame Inductee)
  • These Wild Plains                                                                     
  • New Artist Of The Year Award Winner (to be announced)

December 9, 2015 - Performing artists:

  • Dirty Bangs
  • Dutch ReBelle
  • Louie Bello
  • Nemes
  • Oh Malô
  • Party Bois
  • Radclyffe Hall
  • Ruby Rose Fox
  • Soul-le-lu-jah
  • Tigerman WOAH
  • Vundabar
  • Will Dailey
  • Worshipper
  • DJ Frank White

New Ownership:

The Boston Music Awards are proud to announce a new ownership and management team. This past month, the Boston Music Awards brand and entity was purchased from previous owner, Chip Rives, by Jake Brennan of THUNDERS & WATT and Paul Armstrong of REDEFINED.

New Format:

The Boston Music Awards’ new owners are expanding the event to two nights this year. The goal of this expansion is to devote the first night to fully celebrating this year’s nominees, while the second night breathes new life into the “Hall of Fame” award by paying tribute to the 2015 inductee, Evan Dando of The Lemonheads. Honoring the Boston legend with a partial tribute set are the 2015 nominees, These Wild Plains, in addition to other special guests. On the same night, and on the other end of the spectrum, the Boston Music Awards also look to the future, with the New Artist Of The Year Winners opening up the celebrations.


The Boston Music Awards is made possible by many fantastic sponsors. Although in different fields, they all share the Boston Music Awards’ goal of celebrating local talent.

  • Tivoli Audio
  • The Verb Hotel
  • iZotope
  • Newbury Comics
  • Groove Boston/Mission 6
  • Hojoko
  • GYK Antler
  • 1Band1Brand
  • Noble & Cooley
  • Rock On Foundation

Ticket Info:

December 9th is open to Boston Music Award nominees via RSVP only and passes are extremely limited. We will be contacting all nominated bands in the next few days. If you are a nominated artist and have any questions regarding tickets, please email:

December 10th ticket info:

After Party:

The Boston Music Awards official after party will be held at the Verb Hotel on December 9th immediately following the awards show and performance at The Sinclair.

The Boston Music Awards are also offering a "BMA Package" for guests wanting to stay at our official hotel partner, The Verb Hotel. The special link will allow guests to enjoy one of the city’s finest new boutique  hotels. Please use the following link for bookings:

Press Access:

For media access, inquiries or general questions, contact:


BMA Flyer 2015

Photo Gallery: Sound Of Our Town 2

Here’s a sneak peak of some of photos from Sound Of Our Town 2, via the Boston Music Awards. Full gallery by Vanyaland’s Cara DiFabio will be on the site early next week. h/t Vanyaland

Press: Local acts liven up Lawn on D

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Several of Boston’s leading bands provided a raucous soundtrack Thursday night as hundreds mingled on the grassy confines of the Lawn on D for the Sound of Our Town 2 concert. Presented by the Boston Music Awards and curated by the music site Vanyaland, the free festival put a spotlight on the city’s diverse local music scene, from soulful pop tunesmith Will Dailey and thought-provoking MC Moe Pope to R&B firebrand Ruby Rose Fox and dance-pop party band Bearstronaut, among others. On a smaller second stage, drummer Mikey Holland anchored American Denim, a supergroup of sorts that included members of local groups such as Hallelujah the Hills.

Photo: Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe

Press: Last Best Show. Sound of Our Town opens Boston Music Awards season

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Last year's Sound of Our Town featured a glorious line up (the Both, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Speedy Ortiz...) at a glorious venue (the Lawn On D). But a biblical downpour headlined and washed out the crowd -- the Both had move from the main stage and cram into a tent. Thankfully, the second annual kickoff to the Boston Music Awards season had a decent dose of sun and some amazing homegrown rock 'n' roll.

Our buddies at Vanyaland mostly skipped the fancy out of town talent for SOOT 2.0. Instead, they booked an ace line up of last year BMA nominees and winners: Ruby Rose Fox! Will Dailey! Bearstronaut! They also tossed in a few DJs, host Moe Pope, all-star band American Denim put together by Mikey Holland. Oh, oh, and they dropped Tribe Society (born out of Gentlemen Hall's groovy ashes) onto the bill.

Press: Night Watch: Here are the set times for Sound Of Our Town music festival

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The second-annual Sound Of Our Town Music Festival is almost here, so we figured it was about time to unveil the set times. See the full performer list below.

Sound Of Our Town 2 is presented by the Boston Music Awards and curated by Vanyaland. It’s a free, all-ages event at the Lawn On D in South Boston that is aimed at not only kicking off the BMAs season, but also as a unifying effort to bring together Boston’s various music scenes and circles. In addition to the live performances and exhibitions from local artists, illustrators, and designers, the Boston Music Awards will also be taking applicants to fill out its freshly-minted Nominating Committee, a group which will be responsible for determining each year’s nominees. There will also be physical ballots for interested parties.

Doors are at 5 p.m., and music starts right at the beginning, going strong with minimal downtime over a five hour period that features multiple bands and performers. Join us on the Lawn.

Sound Of Our Town 2 Set Times
5:00 p.m.: DJ Ninja
5:10 p.m.: Oh, Malô
5:30 p.m.: DJ Ninja
5:45 p.m.: Vundabar
6:15 p.m.: Moe Pope (tent stage)
6:30 p.m.: Will Dailey
7:00 p.m.: American Denim (tent stage)
7:15 p.m.: Bearstronaut
7:45 p.m.: American Denim (tent stage)
8:00 p.m.: Ruby Rose Fox
8:30 p.m.: American Denim (tent stage)
8:45 p.m.: Tribe Society
9:45 p.m.: DJ Ninja

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Let’s start with this: So many people love the Boston Music Awards. It’s a killer party with a killer soundtrack, what’s not to love?

Oh, yeah.

The BMAs also generate hate like few other organizations (The Klan? Westboro Baptist Church? Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame?). Every year people boo and hiss until their throats are raw complaining about the winners, nominees and the committee that runs to the BMAs (full-disclosure, I’ve been on the nominating committee a few years running).

Looking to leave the hate in the past, the BMAs will open up the nomination process at the Sound of Our Town fest at the Lawn on D on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

For the second consecutive year, Sound of Our Town opens the BMA season with a free, all-ages party at the Lawn On D curated by our friends at Vanyaland. The event will showcase some of our city’s greatest young talents -- Ruby Rose Fox! Will Dailey! Bearstronaut!

The show is also an open invite for everyone to join the process of determining the 2015 BMAs nominees.

Press: Sound Of Our Town kicks off The Boston Music Awards voting and ceremony season

On Thursday, September 24, the Boston Music Awards returns with a free, all ages party at the Lawn On D, curated by digital music magazine Vanyaland. The purpose of this year's Sound Of Our Town party is twofold: To showcase some of the best bands currently playing around Boston, and to invite everyone to join in on the process of determining the 2015 BMAs nominees.

The team behind the Boston Music Awards has revamped the Nomination Committee, the first step in determining this year's ballot. All parties interested in joining the Nomination Committee are urged to attend Sound Of Our Town to register and become part of the process. Musicians, DJs, talent buyers, managers, journalists, radio personalities, and others across the industry are invited to meet the BMAs team, led by executive producer Jake Brennan, and pick up a blank ballot on site. Ballots will be due on October 9, with this year's nominees announced on October 20.

The Boston Music Awards wants YOU to become part of the process in an overall effort to reestablish this event as an all-inclusive city-wide celebration. The aim of the Nomination Committee is to have the greatest and strongest reach across Boston's various scenes, styles, and circles. Once the nominations are submitted, winners will be determined by the BMAs Voting Academy and a public online vote. But the process starts with you at Sound Of Our Town.