Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

A. The Boston Music Awards is the longest running regional music awards in the United States. Since 1987, the BMAs have celebrated local musicians across multiple genres — the history can be found here.

A. The 2020 Boston Music Awards will take place in December.

A. Yes! Each year, the Boston Music Awards is the biggest celebration of local music. The night is a mix of multiple performances (usually, 10 or more live performances) and a chance to interact and network with the people who make our scene so special. Tickets will be available to purchase via this website, keep an eye out for updates on our social media channels.


Information about tickets

A. You can purchase tickets from the following places:

  1. Online on this website (link coming soon).
  2. LiveNation.com (link coming soon).
  3. Directly from the House of Blues, Boston Box Office. Please visit their website for hours of operation. 

A. First, congratulations on your nomination. We provide all nominees with complimentary tickets to the Boston Music Awards.

Please reach out to Laurie from Redefined — laurie@thisisredefined.com to claim your ticket.

A. If you submitted a ballot for 2020, please reach out to Laurie from Redefined — laurie@thisisredefined.com to claim your ticket.

Voting, Nominations & The Nomination Committee

A. Nominees are selected by our Nomination Committee Members (Nom Com). We send our Nom Com an open ballot form where they write in their picks across all award categories. The 10 artists in each category who receive the most write-in’s become nominees for that year.

A. Ballots will be sent out August 28, 2020.

A. Our Nomination Committee currently consists of approximately 400 members including, but not limited to, Music Editors/Journalists, Promoters and Agents, Radio Programmers and DJs, Music Business Executives, Music Promotions/Publicists, Artist Managers, Music Producers, Tour Managers, Music Attorneys, Label Executives, and Professors of Music.

A. Yes. Since 2015, we’ve opened up our Nomination Committee and accepted new members. This helps us stay on top of new artists/trends. Our feeling is that the more voices we listen to, the better. Since 2015, we’ve more than tripled the number of committee members. The Nomination Committee is currently closed, but we’ll open it back up for 2020 soon.

A. Nominees for the 2020 Boston Music Awards will be announced on September 18th at 10am.

A. Once the nominees are announced, the voting begins. The vote is open to the public, who make up 75% of the vote. The other 25% is from the Nomination Committee. The nominee in each category with the most votes wins.

A. Voting for the 2020 Boston Music Awards closes at 11:59pm (EDT) on November 1st.

A. Winners will be announced in December at the House of Blues, Boston.