Founded in 1998, the Native American Music Awards & Association was born out of a need to provide greater opportunity and recognition for traditional and contemporary Native American musicians.
Following the debut of the Awards, The Native American Music Association was established as a 501(c)(3) membership-driven organization in order to directly assist Native American musicians and continue educating the general public. Two current programs of the Association are; 1) Establishing and maintaining the world's largest Native American music archive, 2) Creating greater performance opportunities for award-winning and nominated artists.
Over the past decade, we have received letters of acknowledgement from former President George Bush and a proclamation from NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Our national music archive has become the world's largest Native American music archive in the world. As part of our annual monitoring and research of Native American music recordings, we successfully proposed a new category for Native American music in the Grammies in 2000 at the request of their Vice President. We have trained Native American youth in concert events and productions; helped MTV Networks establish a cultural diversity program to recruit Native American employees, educate and entertain employees of parent company, Viacom, placed Native American artists in collaborations with mainstream artists; returned a lost song of the late Apache leader, Geronimo, back to his family and continue to present special music concerts and festivals from Alaska to New York City.
Today, the Native American Music Association (NAMA) and the Native American Music Awards has grown to become the country’s leading source for preserving and promoting the songs of American Indians from all four directions. The NAMA's are honoring our songmakers, fostering pride, providing national exposure, and celebrating their gift of music with others around the world. Their personal and professional contributions and the determination and dedication of our volunteer staff lasting over a decade now, continually creates magical opportunities of Native pride and musical excellence.
The Annual Native American Music Awards, or NAMA's, which USA Today urges to “take seriously” and Indian Country Today has called, “Awesome & Incredible” proudly honors the outstanding musical achievements of Native American artists from across the country. The Awards ceremony is an innovative, visually advanced production using prerecorded music of the nominees, voice over, live presentations and performances, and IMAG and large screen imaging. Our Awards program has been acclaimed for having “all the professionalism and production values of much larger events like the Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards”, American Federation of Radio Television Artists.
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