The Up-And-Coming Artist Award

The Interstate Music Awards, launched in 2021 gave new and emerging artists, musicians and bands a voice, an outlet, and most of all a chance to be recognized for their extraordinary talents and dedication to their passion. Keeping with the newly found tradition, The 2022 Interstate Music Awards will not only achieve what the 2021 event did, but we're taking it even farther.

How is 2022 Different?

> Six Categories = six winners

This year, instead of just one winner for the Interstate Music Awards, we've expanded to six categories of talent.

The Awards include:
Artist of the Year
Best Male Artist
Best Female Artist
Best Band/Group
Best Original Song
Best Cover

> 30 nominees = more amazing talent

2021 featured just seven finalists/nominees out of the hundreds of submissions. Thanks to expanding the amount of awards we're giving this year, we're able to feature so much more talent and give more artists a chance to win. On April 4, 2022 we'll be announcing the 30 finalists, five in each of the six categories. Stay tuned!

> New recognition Awards

Starting this year, we're also awarding two Recognition Awards to the best Music Educator and Best Small Music Venue. We ask that if you have a favorite in either category, you nominate them for the award.

> The Breakdown

After submissions close on February 28, 2022, we'll get to work. The judges will review each and every submission and take on the painstaking job of narrowing down the amazing talent to the top 5 in each category. We'll announce the nominees on April 4, 2022 and voting will open. Then it's your turn to decide. The nominee with the most votes in each award category will win that category. So share and share often until voting closes at 11:59 PM CST on April 30, 2022.

Meet The Judges

Jeff Peterson

Interstate Music CEO

Paul Van Name

Fender Representative

Mark Terek

Pearl Representative

Chad Bscherer

Pioneer DJ Representative

Mark Schindler

Roland Representative

Mary Sandschafer

Sabian Representative

Nick Nitti

Shure Representative

Event Timeline

August 3, 2021

Submissions Open

It’s time! Submissions are open and we
can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

August 3, 2021

February 28, 2022

Submissions Close

Deadline for entries. No late entries will be accepted.  You have until February 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST to enter.

February 28, 2022

April 4, 2022

Nominees Announced

Nominee’s will be announced! Announcement details coming soon!

April 4, 2022

April 4, 2022

Voting Opens

After the nominees are announced, voting will open immediately and run the rest of the month of April, 2022.

April 4, 2022

April 30, 2022

Voting Closes

Voting closes at 11:59 PM CST on April 30, 2022. Voting will be disabled after that time and we’ll start counting the votes!

April 30, 2022

June 2, 2022

The Interstate Music Award Show

The Big Event! Find out which of your favorites will win! Livestream only event. More details to come!

June 2, 2022

Press Kit

Are You a Member of the Media?

In the Press Kit you can download below, you'll find logos, creative assets and more. For immediate inquires, please contact hello@interstatemusic.com.


No. The recording must be from the 2021 calendar year but does not need to be a brand new recording.

Your performance should include one full song.

Please contact us at hello@interstatemusic.com and someone will help you.

Please use hello@interstatemusic.com and mention you are a member of the press.

They’ll be announced April 4, 2022! Stay tuned!

Voting opens April 4, 2022, the same day nominees are announced. Voting closes April 30, 2022.