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A Quiet Start for the 2018 San Diego Music Awards

New criteria in store for this year's San Diego Music Awards



    A Quiet Start for the 2018 San Diego Music Awards
    John Hancock
    The Verigolds' Jenna Cotton accepts an award for Best Indie/Alternative Album at the 2017 San Diego Music Awards.

    Come March 2018, the San Diego Music Awards will be off and running again with some new submission and nomination criteria in tow. With little fanfare from the San Diego Music Foundation to the music community, the nomination process apparently began in the last week or so.

    After last year’s return ushered in some big changes, including new categories, a new venue and some new requirements, the 27th iteration of the awards ceremony continues to look forward.

    Two of the most notable changes? Stipulations that band members must live in San Diego County and that an artist up for consideration must perform at least three live shows in San Diego County between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017.

    For the past few years, there’s been some grumblings about former San Diegans -- i.e., Andra Day, Little Hurricane -- being nominated for and/or winning awards and leaving current San Diegans empty-handed, which likely led to the new requirements. While the new rules are a step in the right direction for most local bands, it could make it difficult for bands who tour heavily, bands whose members are spread across different cities and bands who might just have San Diego ties. Chalk it up as a win for the little guy?

    This year’s entry deadline is midnight on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, and album submissions can be sent to 4876 Mt. Royal Place, San Diego, CA 92117. Be sure to include your name, email address and phone number, and take note that albums must consist of at least five songs and at least 25 minutes of music to be eligible. In other words, no EPs. Good luck!

    The 2017 awards took place at the House of Blues after a brief hiatus and years of it being a Humphrey’s affair. Despite a small hiccup during the Schizophonics’ set (where Birdy Bardot, aka Emily Reilly, got nailed by smashed-bass guitar debris), the ceremony was a general success.

    Ticket information and venue location have yet to be announced for this year, but we’re hoping for another successful year honoring San Diego’s hardest working and most deserving musicians.

    Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.