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What is NTMA?
NTMA is the abreviation for the New Times Music Awards.

What are the NTMAs?
The New Times Music Awards is a music competition that is designed to showcase the music and songwriting from local musicians in a wide variety of genres including Rock/Alternative, Country/Americana/Folk, R&B/Blues, Hip-Hop/Rap, Open, and Youth.

We start with a three-week entry period for musicians to enter songs or full albums for consideration. These many entries are judged to produce the top three winners in each category. These winners all go on to be included on the annual NTMA CD and are nominees for the Readers Choice award. The competition is topped off with an awards showcase with performances by the winning artists in each genre.

When will the showcase take place?
This year's competition will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 at SLO Brew Rock in SLO at 855 Aerovista Lane, SLO. Doors open at 6pm. The show starts at 6:30pm.

Each first place finisher will compete against the others for Best Live Performance during the concert and awards ceremony. A panel of local celebrity music industry judges will determine the best live performer, who will receive a specially-customized Newtie.

All told, seven bronze Newtie Awards will be presented. These stunning awards are hand cast from Genesis Bronze, metal reclaimed and recycled from decommissions weapons systems. Second and Third place finishers in the five genres, songwriting, and album categories will receive specially designed plaques.

Is the event for all ages?

Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are $15; $10 for Students and are available at the New Times office (1010 Marsh Street, SLO), the Sun office (2540 Skyway Dr. Ste. A, Santa Maria), and are on sale now! Tickets will also be available the evening of the showcase at SLO Brew Rock at the door. Active military and veterans get in for FREE!

Where can I get a CD?
CDs are free for all winners. Additional CDs are available for purchase; $10 each at the event, and will also be available after the event at the New Times office located at 1010 Marsh Street in SLO.

Where can I buy T-shirts?
T-shirts are free for all winners. They will be available for purchase for $15 at the event and at the New Times office located at 1010 Marsh Street in SLO, after the event.

What if I have a question?
Call New Times at (805) 546-8208 or e-mail and we'll get back to you.

What if I want to be a sponsor or volunteer?
ALL volunteers will receive a FREE NTMA T-Shirt, FREE entry to the event, a FREE NTMA CD and complimentary drink tickets for the event!
Contact our Marketing and Events Coordinator Rachelle Ramirez at!

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