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Allianz Musical Insurance

Seven Important Differences Between Home Insurance and Specialist Musical Insurance

Without a shadow of a doubt, the importance of touring and merchandise sales has increased for bands in this post-physical sales world. Protecting...
Cold Years

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Milestones, Loathe and Cold Years Set For HMA18 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester

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War Child UK

War Child UK Partners With Heavy Music Awards 2018

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Jackson Guitars

Jackson Guitars Sponsors HMAs for Second Year

Jackson Guitars is backing the Heavy Music Awards for a second year. The legendary guitar maker – which counts Christian Andreu from HMA17...
Allianz Musical Insurance

Allianz Musical Insurance Announced as Official Insurance Partner for HMA18

Allianz Musical Insurance, part of Allianz Group, the biggest insurance group in the world, is supporting the Heavy Musical Awards 2018. Allianz Musical...
London KOKO

HMA18 Voting Panel Unveiled

To mark the beginning of the Heavy Music Awards’ second year, we are proud to reveal the first wave of names for the...

HMAs Celebrate Birthday by Welcoming Jägermeister as Drinks Partner

The Heavy Music Awards has celebrated its first birthday by announcing the appointment of Jägermeister as Drinks Partner for 2018. The iconic German...

BIMM Returns in Expanded Education Partner Role for HMA18

The British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM), Europe’s largest provider of contemporary music education, has returned to the HMAs for a second...
Heavy Music Awards 2017 - Photo by Niki Jones

Producer Henrik Udd Discusses Recording Architects’ ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’

Henrik Udd – alongside Fredrik Nordström – forms one half of the production team behind a number of bona fide classics in modern...

What are the Heavy Music Awards?

Following its launch in March 2017, the Heavy Music Awards – the only fully independent, fully democratic programme of its kind on earth – has established itself as one of the most exciting events on the heavy music calendar.

The HMAs shine a spotlight on artists, producers, venues, festivals and designers who’s incredible talent deserves the attention of the wider world. To achieve this, we have a judging panel of several hundred key music industry figures nominating the finalists, before the public votes on the winners. In 2017, we received almost 100,000 votes from the general public.

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How it works

The Panel

The first step of the HMA process sees members of the HMA Voting Panel nominate their top threes for each category, covering artists, photographers, designers, producers, venues and festivals. The panel comprises those who work in the music industry in a professional or semi-professional capacity. The HMAs as an organisation and its staff are not involved in the voting process in any way.

The Public

Once the nominations are completed, the lists are tallied up to create shortlists of seven finalists in each category. The lists of finalists are announced at the HMA18 Launch Event on 25 April, at Gorilla, Manchester. To enter the ballot for free tickets, click here (14+).

At this point the shortlists are made available for public voting.

The Winners

The winners are announced at the Heavy Music Awards 2018 on 23 August at KOKO, London. Anyone who votes is entered into the ballot to win tickets (strictly 18+).

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