COVID 19 UPDATE: 20th ANNUAL AWARDS SHOW CANCELLED FOR NOVEMBER 2020
These great times of challenge and change. As almost all entertainment events have been cancelled or postponed for the remainder of 2020, the same applies to us. 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 must cancel our 20th Annual Awards Show which was originally planned for November 2020. Our host, Seneca Niagara Casino Entertainment has also informed us that they are not rescheduling their events for the remainder of 2020. Despite our best efforts to reopen here in New York, we must also suspend our Music Awards Submission process until further notice.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we do intend to plan and present virtual events and enhanced online activities in 2021. As an all volunteer organization, we do not qualify for available emergency funding such as; the Paycheck Protection Program. However, we will continue to rely on the support of our members and sponsors for our upcoming programs. We thank Facebook for their recent grant to ensure our efforts on their platform.
As a cultural organization, we invite our members to contribute and engage in sustainable ideas and programs that will also help dismantle systemic racism. Most importantly, we ask that you stay safe and continue to practice social distancing to reduce the health risk for all.
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.
Stay healthy and safe!
The Native American Music Awards & Association
“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 (AFTRA)
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NEW MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE
NEW MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE
THE STORM LIVE FROM HOME BY RECORDING ARTISTS DOC NATIVE AND SPENCER BATTIEST
Recording artists Doc Native and Spencer Battiest are premiering their new music video entitled, The Storm: Live From Home, this week on the Native Music Awards’ Youtube Channel by clicking the following link: https://youtu.be/DbCuTdU3BHk
The video, The Storm Live From Home features brothers Spencer and Doc Native from the Seminole Nation while they and their band members remain in quarantine. Featuring Doc and Spencer on vocals from their seperate homes in Hollywood, Florida, the video also features; Matt Beach on guitar from Canton, Ohio, Kazumi Shimokawa on piano from Culver City, California and Joshua Daubin on percussion from Seal Beach, California. The Storm tells the history of the Seminole Tribe of Florida through Rap and song. The Battiest brothers who originally composed The Storm in 2011, have performed the song internationally to bring greater awareness to their heritage. The Storm is a powerful and symbolic message to all Native people. The lyrics not only embrace and pay tribute to the endurance and perseverance of the Seminoles as a nation, but it also passionately embraces their struggles as a people of both past and present. Now, during this Coronavirus pandemic, the song brings an inspiring message of hope. Watch The Storm: Live From Home, now on Youtube by clicking the following link: https://youtu.be/DbCuTdU3BHk
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