Winnipeg, Manitoba (April 23, 2012) — The 7th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMAs) are gearing up to take place in Winnipeg on November 1 and 2, 2012. Submissions are now being requested from Aboriginal artists in Canada, the US, and around the world.
ARTISTS INVITED TO SUBMIT FOR APCMAs
If an Aboriginal artist has released a single or album between June 30, 2010 and June 30, 2012, they are eligible to submit to the 2012 APCMAs. Deadline for artist submissions is June 29, 2012 @ 5:00pm CST. Information and submission forms are available at www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com.
The APCMAs are part of the Manito Ahbee Festival, and recognize and celebrate the best in Aboriginal music. Winners are chosen by industry stakeholders and music fans, through an online voting system. Awards are handed out in 16 genre categories, and 12 specialty categories:
Ø Best Blues CD
Ø Best Country CD
Ø Best Fiddle CD
Ø Best Flute CD
Ø Best Folk/Acoustic CD
Ø Best Francophone CD
Ø Best Gospel CD
Ø Best Hand Drum CD
Ø Best Instrumental CD
Ø Best Inuit CD
Ø Best Peyote CD
Ø Best Pop CD
Ø Best Pow Wow CD – Traditional
Ø Best Pow Wow CD – Contemporary
Ø Best Rap/Hip Hop CD
Ø Best Rock CD
Ø Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year
Ø Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year
Ø Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year
Ø Best Aboriginal Music Radio Station/Program
Ø Best Album Cover Design
Ø Best Duo or Group
Ø Best World Music CD
Ø Best Music Video
Ø Best New Artist
Ø Best Producer/Engineer
Ø Best Television Program/Promotion of Aboriginal Music
Ø Single of the Year
CHANGE IN VOTING FOR 2012
This year, the first round of voting for selecting nominees will be conducted by industry voters only. After the nominees are announced on August 13, music fans will be able to go online, vote for their favourite nominees, and help select the winner in each category. Awards will be handed out on November 1 and 2.
ABOUT MANITO AHBEE
The Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates its 7th year of showcasing Aboriginal music, art and culture in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from October 31 to November 4, 2012. Manito Ahbee – which means ‘where the Creator sits’ – is named after a sacred site in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park where Aboriginal people have gathered for hundreds of years to share teachings and ceremony. There are several petroforms at this site including one shaped like a turtle that represents Turtle Island, another name for North America.
In 2012, Manito Ahbee honours the seven sacred teachings of Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility and Truth through the many festival events. The Board of Governors, staff and organizers of Manito Ahbee express deep gratitude for all participants, supporters, sponsors and communities who have come together to make the festival a world class event.