The 20th Annual Native American Music Awards in 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. The Music Submission Process will reopen in early 2021 as an all digital process. Further announcements forthcoming.
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“Native America is a culture and a people deeply stemmed and intertwined in music since the onset of their existence.  We have a song for every aspect of life; ceremonials, sports and dance to courting, birth and death. We have survived incredible oppression and challenges. Today, we celebrate our survival through music and dance."

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Given the amount of time, preparation, travel and pre-production work that is required to present our annual awards program, coupled by our industry's uncertainty, we unfortunately had to cancel our 20th Annual Awards Show which was originally planned for November 2020.  

We look forward to remaining the world's leading resource for contemporary and traditional Native American music initiatives by promoting and sharing your creative contributions with a global audience.  Thank you to all our music makers and tradition keepers.

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A message from elder Saginaw Grant

"This isolation is temporary for most, but for many elders what you are now experiencing is the norm. It is human nature to come together in times of crisis, but this time we are having to stay apart for the health and safety of one another. Take this opportunity to get to know yourself and what’s important. Take this time to reflect on God’s purpose for you. Check on others and let them know you care. Take a moment to find the beauty in a negative situation...spend extra time with someone and let them know they’re loved. Recognize the opportunities you have in every situation, know that your choices in a crisis define who you are, let this define you in a positive light." -

Saginaw Grant, NAMA Living Legend





From Butch Artichoker (Lakota)

As a Lakota, we end our prayers with the phrase Mitakuye Oyas'in. It means "All My Relations" or "All My Relatives". This comes from the Lakota Creation Story. At the very moment that creation began, this phrase took on an important meaning. Everything that came into existence carried with it the essence (blood) of the Creator. Anything and Everything that came forth was related to everything else that was created before and after. We exist within Creation and cannot escape our actions, thoughts and words. We as humans are not separate from the Creator or Creation. When the Creator completed Creation It became Creation! If we look deeply into the phrase, "All My Relatives" you and I are related to the air we breathe, the water we take for granted, the stars, all living things, every stone or pebble. This has so many implications: it implies that this Coronavirus is our relative as well. I thought about that for several days and for that reason I thought that we should address it in prayer. In Lakota the word for prayer is "wacekiya" which means to call on a relative! Then on Facebook I saw a note written by a child that was addressing the Coronavirus saying, " you are frustrating, you are taking everyone away, you are ruining our fun, you are keeping us inside and go away and leave us alone." Often, wisdom comes from children. We are all truly One!


CREATOR, we call upon you to give us "all" good health and help us to understand. It is speculated that this sickness came from a four legged that lives close to the source of life (water) and the standing people (trees).

The main effect is on humanity which points out that the lesson is for us, the two leggeds. We have polluted our environment; damaged the water, the air, and our Mother Earth is sick. We have relied on technology and ignored the knowledge, teachings and wisdom of indigenous peoples all over the Earth. Since we rely on all of these very things for life it has caused us to take into ourselves the same damage we have done to these relatives, we are now living with the consequences.

Help those who don't understand "mitakuye oyas'in" and bring a greater wisdom to those who lead and make decisions. This virus sees us all equally; no matter how powerful we think we are, no matter our poverty or wealth, our gender, our age, what religion we belong to or how smart we are. Watch over our generations and be kind in your judgement. Heal our minds, our spirit and our bodies. Help our children and elderly. Watch over and protect our families, friends and those who oppose us. 

Wopila tanka iciciyapelo (a big thank you from me)!



For those in the music industry, life remains uncertain as the global pandemic continues to devastate the landscape.  As we enter the holiday season, growing needs are emerging for music people, including support for basic necessities.  MusiCares' mission is to support the music community in times of need. With that mission at heart, they realize many in the industry are still struggling and basic needs such as food, toiletries, and prescriptions can be difficult to afford during these challenging times.

As part of MusiCares’ continued COVID-19 relief, MusiCares will be offering $250 essential goods e-cards to the first 4000 applicants.

  • All applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.
  • We cannot guarantee completion of an application will result in a gift card awarded.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed nor will the applicant be notified.
  • A personal friend or business associate cannot apply on your behalf.  A personal or business email addressed owned by the applicant is necessary.  We cannot award gift cards to a manager, business manager, friend, band mate or colleague on an applicant's behalf.
  • Applications will take between 2-3 weeks to process.  After applying, please check your spam folders for a gift card before reaching out to MusiCares. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be able to document participation in one of the following areas:

  • At least 3 years of employment in the music industry and/or
  • 6 commercially released recordings (singles) or 6 commercially or promotionally released music videos

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: Please include the following items required with the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

  • Detailed music industry background documentation can include any of the following: articles, liner notes, letters from employers, biography, paystubs, resume or discography
  • Applicants must be able to document loss of income from COVID-19 (Acceptable documentation can include the following: copy of contracts, flyers or links to event sites clearly listing your involvement in the cancelled event, letter or email from employer, venue or event identifying cancellation, etc.)
  • Applicants must provide most recent bank statement. (Printouts from your ATM or screen shots will not be accepted).

To apply, clicHERE.



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