The Heavy Music Awards voting process begins with nominations from several hundred industry experts and professionals – a collective effort that aims to give a true reading of the current heavy music scene across a number of disciplines. Before the public voting begins, it is a way to hone the shortlists via the minds of those who work every single day at the beating heart of the industry.

With that in mind, it is imperative for the HMAs to ensure that industry panel is as far-reaching and comprehensive as possible. In year one, we welcome over 300 members to the panel. For 2018, we are looking to increase that number significantly.

If you work in music in a professional or semi-professional capacity, and you would like to join the panel – which simply requires you to nominate your favourites across 11 categories for 2017 – please click here to drop us a line.

The Heavy Music Awards 2018 takes place on Thursday 23 August 2018 at KOKO, London. Finalists will be announced at the HMA18 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester on 25 April.