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BIMM

BIMM x HMA18: Meet the Students – Julia Konrad

As part of the HMAs partnership with our Official Education Partner BIMM, we’re giving a handful of students a chance to gain some...
Scuzz

HMA18 Finalists Shows Exclusively on Scuzz TV

Scuzz TV will once again be showcasing the HMA18 finalists with a series of exclusive shows, starting at 10pm BST on Monday 7...
London KOKO

Heavy Music Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

Following its launch in March 2017, the Heavy Music Awards – the only fully independent, fully democratic programme of its kind – has...
Believe

Believe Pledges Support for Heavy Music Awards 2018

Believe Distribution Services is supporting the Heavy Music Awards for a second year. The company – which offers a range of “smart” marketing...
The Pit

Best Album Artwork Award to be Sponsored by The Pit at HMA18

Online heavy music platform, The Pit, is backing the Heavy Music Awards for a second time. The digital content stream – which boasts...
BIMM

BIMM x HMA18: Meet the Students – David Perkins

As part of the HMAs partnership with our Official Education Partner BIMM, we’re giving a handful of students a chance to gain some...
BIMM

BIMM x HMA18: Meet the Students – David Flahou

As part of the HMAs partnership with our Official Education Partner BIMM, we’re giving a handful of students a chance to gain some...
Safe Gigs For Women

Safe Gigs For Women Partners with HMAs for Second Year

Safe Gigs For Women has partnered with the Heavy Music Awards for a second year. The campaign group – started in 2015 –...
BIMM

BIMM x HMA18: Meet the Students – Chloe Berrell

As part of the HMAs partnership with our Official Education Partner BIMM, we’re giving a handful of students a chance to gain some...
BIMM

BIMM x HMA18: Meet the Students – Matthew Jones

As part of the HMAs partnership with our Official Education Partner BIMM, we’re giving a handful of students a chance to gain some...

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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