Winery Music Awards

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The nation's most unique music competition among independent artists returns in 2008. It’s the Winery Music Awards competition. Unsigned. Unfiltered. It's not a showcase of wine country music--it's a wine country showcase of today's best independent music, each concert competition becoming a four-hour celebration of music, wine, food, creativity and originality. It is America’s most unique indie music competition! The competition is open to the musical genres of rock, blues, alternative, jazz, acoustic, country, folk, reggae' and adult contemporary.

Artists compete for significant prizes contributed by a variety of sponsor companies within and outside the music industry. What's more, you have the opportunity to perform your work for a host of notable judges influential in the music, entertainment and wine industries. Accomplished names in the music industry who judged the 2007 competition include Jon Anderson, of the legendary rock group, YES, Antonia Bennett, jazz singer and daughter of the great Tony Bennett, Jake Hooker, who wrote the classic hit "I Love Rock 'N Roll", and John Braheny, author of the songwriter's bible, "The Craft and Business of Songwriting."

Entry submissions are judged by a committee of music industry professionals in the categories of Originality and Marketability to men and women aged 25-54, a prime wine-consuming market. Artists among the best submission entries will be invited to perform at one of the two semifinal competition concerts in August where live performances will be judged in the category of Musicianship. In each of the two semifinal concerts, the two highest scoring artists advance to the final competition in October, along with one wild card winner. Finalists will be judged in all three categories.

Held in a bucolic outdoor setting in Paso Robles, the heart of California's scenic Central Coast wine region, attendees enjoy original music, visit a variety of tented kiosks on the grounds, sample many of the area's best wines and gourmet food, or purchase the work of some of California's best original artists and craftspeople.

Semi-Final Concert Competitions:

  • August 30 & 31, 2008 at River Oaks Hot Springs & Spa, Paso Robles, CA Concert begins at 4PM

    Final Competition and Award Presentations:

  • October 12, 2008 (2PM - 7PM) at River Oaks Hot Springs & Spa