The Steamtown Music Awards have announced that nominations for the 2015 honors are now open. Members of the public can nominate their favorites from now until July 1. The public will then be able to vote for three “People’s Choice Awards” and an academy of Northeastern Pa. music industry professionals will vote on the remainder of the awards.

Categories include: Acoustic Act of the Year, Best New Artist, Country Act of the Year, DJ (Disc Jockey) of the Year, Duo of the Year, Electronic Act of the Year, Folk / Americana Act of the Year, Hip Hop / Urban Act of the Year, Indie Rock Act of the Year, Jam / Reggae / Funk Act of the Year, Jazz / Big Band / Swing Act of the Year, Metal Act of the Year, Pop / Pop Rock / Top 40 Act of the Year, Punk / Hardcore Act of the Year, Rock / Alternative Rock Act of the Year, Tribute / Cover Band of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Bassist of the Year, Drummer of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year

New to the awards this year is the addition of awards that honor local music industry professionals.

“We’re extremely excited to be able to honor and include local music industry professionals. We love musicians but there are so many great people behind the scenes as well. We believe they deserve recognition as well,” organizer Joe Caviston said.

The categories include: Recording Studio of the Year, Producer / Engineer of the Year, Radio Station of the Year, Radio Personality / Radio DJ of the Year, Publication / Blog of the Year and Music Journalist of the Year.

The 2015 SMA Voting Committee is: Vinnie Archer, Justin Adam Brown, Carl Canedy, Joe Caviston, Mike Duffy, Jesse Faatz, Jack Gretz, Frank Hershberger, Rich Howells, Zhach Kelsch, Melissa Krahnke, Vincent LoRusso, Tom LeFevre, Michael Lello, Tom Moran, Jimmy McGrath, Joe Nardone Jr., John Nasser, Keith Perks, Ken Norton, Kathleen Riley, Jenn Sekelsky, Randy Shemanski, Alan K. Stout, Thomas Tell Jr., Justin Harry Troutman and Cory Wolff.

The Steamtown Music Awards are held in association with the Electric City Music Conference, of which Highway 81 Revisited is a sponsor.

To nominate your favorite artists, read more about the committee or view the rules for the SMAs, visit:

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