Registration is now open for the 2011 MAMAs. Starting this year bands and musicians do not have to pay to register, and only the album and song awards require music to be officially released in 2010.
In the past, the Madison jazz community has participated at very low levels in the MAMAs. The reason for this isn’t clear. The MAMAs support two worthy causes: putting instruments in the hands of youth, and promoting the local music scene. Nothing controversial there.
Some have called the MAMAs nothing more than a popularity contest and not meaningful. While there may be some truth to this, the MAMAs are certainly a great way to gain additional publicity and playing opportunities, and what jazz musician/group doesn’t need that? Look at all the attention Aaron Williams received last year when he and his group won multiple MAMAs. The Madison jazz community needs to continually promote itself in order to remain vibrant and this is an easy way to do it. Register now!