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It's time: The 2019 All WNY Awards nominations are open

Hello, All WNY community.

It's that time of year again ... when we start to think about what we really enjoyed about the year - and specifically what was the best this year. With that, we present to you, the 2019 All WNY Awards.

Nominations are open now through Dec. 15. Last year we limited the amount of time for nominations and people didn't like that. So we're opening it back up a little bit to just shy of six weeks. You're welcome to nominate as many different people, bands, etc. as you like. Just make sure to put them in the right category. All nominations will be considered; nominating the same band multiple times in the same category has no mathematical advantage and will only serve to annoy the All WNY Awards committee.

Category changes. We took a few of the underused genre categories and consolidated them into one Best "Other" Band category. We also added Best Door Person and Best Sound Person categories because the live music scene in WNY couldn't exist without them.

A committee will pick the top 10 nominees in each category. A few members of the All WNY staff have agreed to sit on a committee to narrow the nominees in each category down to their top 10.

Nominees must have music playing on All WNY Radio. As these are the All WNY Music Awards, we're limiting nominees to those bands that have music on our 24-7 music stream. If you don't and you'd like to be considered for inclusion, submit music now. If you're nominated and do not have a presence on the All WNY Radio music stream, you will have a limited time to submit music.

All WNY Radio rules apply. Band must be from Western New York and play original music.

Nominees must have had a music release or show in 2019. You can't be the best band of 2019 if you didn't do anything in 2019. As such, bands that have no public presence will not be considered. It is preferred that bands have an internet presence - whether it's Facebook, Soundcloud, a website, etc. This will make it easier for voters to familiarize themselves with you.

Please give details. You might know that Guy Fawkes plays lead guitar for V and the Vendettas. But others might not. So when nominating him, let us know. Example "Guy Fawkes (V and the Vendettas)." This will make it easier for the committee to find him.

Voting will be open for two weeks. (Jan. 1 - Jan. 15, 2020) After the selection committee whittles the nominees in each category down to 10, the public will vote on their favorite. The top vote-getter in each category will get the award.

Awards handed out in January. We will hold an awards ceremony at a date and place to be determined (in January) where awards certificates will be presented. Winners will NOT be notified prior to the ceremony. In prior years, the All WNY Music Awards "ceremony" has basically been a concert where certificates were handed out. This will be an awards ceremony (like the Oscars) with musical performances.

If you have any questions, email me.

Now go nominate your favorites. (link)

Scott Leffler
All WNY Radio

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