Is this an international program?
No. The Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Awards is only open to those LIVING IN or FROM the 13 states in the Appalachian Region * See What is the Appalachian Region section.

What is the Appalachian Region?

The Appalachian Region is a 205,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi.

The Appalachian Region includes 420 counties in 13 states. It including, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and is home to more than 25 million people.

How are the nominees and winners determined?

The Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Awards Panel plays a crucial role in helping determine our nominees and winners. The Panel consists of esteemed recording artists, and reputable industry executives from venerable organizations, representing press, music promotion, radio and television programming, music supervision, production & engineering, critics, talent buying, and other influential roles. Submissions go through several rounds of review by The Panel to rank the totality of artistic excellence. Only the work(s) submitted will be considered. Factors and emphasis vary from category to category, but are generally based on elements such as vocal performance, musicianship, lyrics, structure, arrangement, production, originality, form, flow, integrity of piece, etc. Factors outside the submitted work are not considered *(social media following, plays/spins/views, past accomplishments, charting history, gig history, publications etc.) *Except for the “Star City Award”.


 Up to five (5) Nominees in every category*  ** are selected by the Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Industry Judging Panel based on their top average ratings with Fan Voting. 

Fan voting determines the Nominee in ALL Categories *Excluding Community Arts & Entertainment Award and the Star City Award. 

** Nominees may be more or less depending upon participation. The Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Awards reserve the right to change the number of Nominees at any time. 


One (1) Winner in every category is selected by the Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Awards Judging Panel based on their top average ratings. 

What do voters receive?

Voters are ESSENTIAL to the Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Awards! ALL voters will receive a special code for discounted tickets at upcoming Mountain Arts Center shows * (Some restrictions may apply)

When does the ballot open for submission(s)?

Ballot submissions open February 29th, 2020.

When does the ballot close to submission(s)?

The ballots will close on October 15 2020

When does the ballot open for voting?

Voting begins November 1, 2020

When does the ballot close for voting?

Voting closes December 31, 2020

When are nominees & winners announced?

Nominees will be announced in January 2021. Winners will be announced on March 20th, 2021 at the Mountain Arts Center located in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

Nominees & winners are notified via the email address provided in their submission registration (it is important to add theappyawards@gmail.com to your approved contacts – and notify us if your contact info changes).

In addition to the official press release, announcements will also be posted on the Mountain Arts Center, Big Sandy Community & Technical College, and the Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Awards website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

To receive Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Awards news and updates, be sure to follow us on our social media outlets. 

What do I win?

The Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Awards elevate the exceptional work of artists and entertainers from around the 13 states that comprise the Appalachian Region. All winners will receive a Trophy/Plaque which can be displayed as a sign of distinction among your family, peers and professionals. In addition to the prestige of earning Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Awards honors, your best work is showcased to peers, heroes and influencers – including radio programmers, talent buyers, producers and press.

Enhanced promotional opportunities may include radio promotion, branded streaming, sync placements, brand sponsorships, performances, events, industry introductions and more. Entrants are also eligible for select Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Awards performance and marketing opportunities that may arise throughout the year. 

Scholarships are also given out in the Education Categories and to current Big Sandy Community and Technical College Students.

The Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Awards are passionate about education. Scholarships allow for the growth, development and preservation of Music, Arts, and Culture within Appalachia.  

Prizes for 2021 Include*: 


1 year Membership to Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI)

Scholarship to Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Recording/Studio time at The MAC Studio

CMH23 recorded, televised and radio aired program

Gallery Viewing with closing reception

Compensated Performance  

Film Viewing

And so much MORE

*Prizes for each category vary

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