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Nominations now closed!

Thanks to everyone who submitted.


Indian Summer Festival extends an invitation and welcomes all Native American artists to submit entries to the 2019 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. 

Get the Rules and Instructions.

Download the Application.

(Application deadline is April 30)

A description of the categories is here.

This year we are accepting entry fees online. If you would like to pay with your credit card or Amazon account, go to our store.

Fee is $25 per entry. If the name on your application does not match the name on the billing account, indicate that in the “Order Notes” section during checkout.


2018 winners

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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.  Native American music is being recognized around the world and is a true statement for Native American entrepreneurship.

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, or call Marlene Manske at (414) 514-6017.

Indian Summer Festivals
Attn: ISMA
931 S 108th St, #184
West Allis, WI 53227