Ten years is a long time and quite a milestone. The Madison Area Music Association will celebrate a decade of presenting the Madison Area Music Awards on Sunday, June 23 at the Capitol Theater in the Overture Center. Tickets are on sale now at the Overture Center Box Office and are $15 ($10 for teachers and students). Doors and Red Carpet are at 6 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 7 p.m.


Winners are selected by the MAMA membership which consists of the artists who register and fans from around the city, state and even other states. This year, MAMA introduced a weighted voting system whereby artist votes are given more credence in determining the finalists and the eventual winners. This system has proven to have excellent results.


The awards show is patterned after the Grammys and the VH-1 Awards with local musicians getting celebrity treatment. The program features several performances across many genres of music with performers being drawn from participating artists. This year’s lineup includes Mitch Henck, the Daze, Anna Vogelzang, Kicksville, Tefman, Anthony Lamarr, Ladies Must Swing, Last Crack, Mikko Utevsky and a performance from the critically-acclaimed Dracula ballet with music written by Mike Massey.


The show also serves to highlight the MAMA mission to put musical instruments in kids’ hands and to provide funds for music education programs for Madison-area youths. The organization has donated over $50,000 in funds and instruments to Madison-area recipients. Visit the MAMAs at for more information.