SCHENECTADY — Proctors will soon shine a spotlight as it honors the major players of the local music scene with what is expected to be an annual award ceremony.
Nominees have been named (visit thespot518.com, keyword: eddies) for the inaugural Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards to be hosted by Proctors on Sunday, April 14, at 6 p.m. Tickets for The Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards, $20 advance/$25 door are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518-346-6204; and online at proctors.org.
Honorees include 185 artists, ensembles, club owners, sound technicians, educators, journalists and photographers. All candidates were notified last week, and over 60 judges drawn from the region’s music industry are preparing to review materials submitted by nominees in 34 categories.
(Full disclosure, The Spot 518 was named among the six nominees for Arts Publication of the Year.)
According to producers Jim Murphy (marketing and corporate development director at Proctors Collaborative and publisher of The Collaborative) and Sal Prizio (program coordinator at Proctors Collaborative), the Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards is “an opportunity to amplify, empower and celebrate professionals working in the area’s wide-ranging music scene.”
The April ceremony will also include two inductions into the Eddies New York Music Hall of Fame: an Artist Lifetime Achievement Award and an Arts Educator Award for Impact on the Community. A People’s Choice Award will be granted for Artist of the Year and Local Concert of the Year.