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New Times Music Awards 

The New Times Music Awards return!

Singers, songwriters, musicians, performers, and bands, it’s once again your time to shine. The ninth annual New Times Music Awards is accepting entries from Thursday, July 27–Monday, August 21 at 5pm in five musical genre categories (including an “open” division), a songwriting category, and an album of the year competition. The genre winners must be available to perform during the Friday, November 3, 2017 live judging competition at the Fremont Theater. Here’s the scoop:

You can enter up to ten original songs in each of the following genre categories: Country/Americana/Folk, R&B/Blues, Rock/Alternative, Hip-Hop/Reggae/World, Open, and NEW THIS YEAR: Youth.

You may also enter up to three original songs in the songwriting competition (lyrics must be included). And you may enter one album released between July 27, 2016 to August 21, 2017, for the album of the year category. Each song or album entry costs $10. Entry deadline is Monday, August 21, no later than 5 p.m. You’ve got one month, people! Enter online by following the link.

A Readers Choice Award will be voted on October 5 through October 19.

Winners in the five genre categories will play a live-judged show at the Fremont Theater on Friday, November 3, with one act crowned for Best Live Performance. Winners of the songwriting and best album categories, as well as runners-up in the genre categories and Readers Choice, will receive their awards that same evening.

Tickets will be available at a future TBA date at the New Times (1010 Marsh Street, SLO), Sun (2540 Skyway Dr. Ste. A, Santa Maria), Boo Boo Records (978 Monterey St. SLO) or at

Find out if you’ve got what it takes to bring home a bronze Newtie!

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