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Nominations for 2023 Steamtown Music Awards are open now through Aug. 31 in Scranton

Nominations for 2023 Steamtown Music Awards are open now through Aug. 31 in Scranton
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Starting today, nominations for the 2023 Steamtown Music Awards are open from now until Thursday, Aug. 31.

The public can nominate their favorite artists and music industry professionals for the 10th annual local music awards ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14 and serve as the opening of the Electric City Music Conference in Scranton.

Nominations are accepted by visiting and filling out the provided form.

“It’s crazy to think that we’re a decade into the Steamtown Music Awards,” ECMC organizer Joe Caviston said.

“We have a lot of surprises planned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event, and we can’t wait to announce them, via NEPA Scene, of course.”

Nominations will close on Aug. 31, and online voting for the select award categories that allow public voting will run from Friday, Sept. 1 through Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Nominations are being accepted for over 30 categories this year, spanning from the best of various musical genres and solo performers to music industry professionals.

“We’re thankful to the NEPA music community for supporting local music in such a strong way. Being able to pay tribute to the incredible musicians in this community is an honor. The 10th year of the SMAs will be the biggest and best event so far,” Caviston promised.

Applications to perform at the 2023 Electric City Music Conference in various venues throughout Scranton recently opened on Those applications will close on Sunday, Aug. 20.

Over three days, the Electric City Music Conference typically features performances by over 150 bands from across the country throughout different venues, the Steamtown Music Awards ceremony with many awards and special performances of its own, and free panel discussions and mentoring sessions for local musicians, professionals, and music fans.

As the largest event of its kind in Northeastern Pennsylvania, this celebration of the diverse local music scene is much more than a music festival, bringing hundreds of artists and music industry professionals together annually to meet and network while recognizing and showcasing established and up-and-coming musicians.

“We hope to see everyone at the event. If you’re nominated, have been nominated in the past, or just want to support NEPA music, you’re welcome to attend. Year 10 will be one for the record books,” Caviston added.

“More announcements, such as the performers, will be coming via NEPA Scene soon!”

Photo of Maine the Medicine of Mercy Gang by Rich Howells/NEPA Scene