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Congratulations to all the 2018 Winners of this year’s awards! 


Instructions for this year’s nominees and judges attending the show.


Indian Summer Festival extends an invitation and welcomes all Native American artists to submit entries to the 2018 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). This year, the competitive categories include Blues, Central and South American Indigenous Music, Contemporary/Modern Instrumental, Country, Folk, Hip Hop, Native American Flute, Pop, Rock, Spiritual, Spoken Word, Traditional Instrumental, Traditional Native American Drum, Traditional Native American Vocal and lastly, the Native Spirit category for non-Indian entrants. Entries are now closed, thanks to all who entered.



For a complete list of rules and instructions, click here.



A description of the categories is here.



2017 winners  2016 winners  2015 winners  2014 winners


ISMA is run in conjunction with Indian Summer Festival and recognizes and promotes the very best in Native American music created by both established and emerging artists. This year’s Festival will be held Sept. 7 – 9.  Native American music is being recognized around the world and is a true statement for Native American entrepreneurship.


Indian Summer Festival and the ISMA Awards Show bring some of North America’s most talented recording artists to Milwaukee. The music awards will be presented live on Saturday, September 8, with many of the nominated artists on hand to perform their songs for the festival crowds.


The ISMA show is devoted to the recognition of Native American artists who have made outstanding contributions toward indigenous people’s music in the previous year. The awards help increase the awareness of the history and diversity of both traditional and contemporary American Indian culture.


The Indian Summer Music Award Show is made possible thanks to generous donations from our many sponsors including North Star Mohican Casino Resort, Motion Plus Lanes, and numerous other sponsors and donors.


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Questions, comments, or concerns can be addressed by contacting ISMA Committee via email, Marlene Manske at (414) 514-6017 or the Indian Summer office at (414) 604-1000.


Indian Summer Festivals

Attn: ISMA

10809 W Lincoln Ave;

Suite #101

West Allis, WI 53227