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EXCLUSIVE: 11th annual Steamtown Music Awards set for Sept. 12, 2024 in Scranton

EXCLUSIVE: 11th annual Steamtown Music Awards set for Sept. 12, 2024 in Scranton
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The vibrant music scene of Northeastern Pennsylvania is already gearing up for the 11th annual Steamtown Music Awards, a highlight of the renowned Electric City Music Conference.

Set to take place on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2024 in Scranton, this prestigious event not only marks the launch of the ECMC but also celebrates the talent and contributions of musicians and music professionals in the 570 area code, recognizing and honoring their achievements over the past year.

Nominations for the SMAs officially open on Thursday, Feb. 1, inviting enthusiasts and industry experts alike to recognize excellence in over 35 categories. From “Song of the Year” to “Music Video of the Year,” the awards cover a diverse spectrum of genres, honoring the rich musical tapestry of the region.

One of the unique aspects of the SMAs is the inclusion of online voting, accounting for 50 percent of the final vote in each category. The remaining 50 percent will be determined by the SMAs committee, ensuring a fair and comprehensive evaluation. The People’s Choice Award, an exciting addition to each category, will spotlight standout performers who garnered significant fan support through social media and live concerts.

Nominees, performers, and presenters will enjoy free complimentary access to the Steamtown Music Awards, creating an inclusive atmosphere that celebrates the entire music community. For guests, tickets are available for $10.

The red carpet will once again be rolled out, offering nominees and visitors the chance to make a grand entrance. Live streamed interviews, official red carpet photos, and the promise of surprises will add glamour to the event. The award ceremony itself will feature captivating live performances, showcasing the talent that defines the dynamic local music scene.

As part of the Electric City Music Conference, the awards contribute to a three-day music festival featuring over 150 bands from across the country performing at various venues across the city on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in panel discussions and mentoring sessions, creating a platform for musicians, professionals, and music fans to connect and learn.

“Don’t miss the chance to be part of the 11th annual Steamtown Music Awards, where the magic of music and the spirit of community converge to honor and elevate the vibrant NEPA music scene,” organizer Joe Caviston said.

NEPA Scene will also return as the official media sponsor of the ECMC, keeping local musicians and the public informed about important announcements regarding the event throughout the next year.

Photo of Cat Matthews by Rich Howells/NEPA Scene