Artist Submission

Submissions for the 2025 San Diego Music Awards are now open, and will be accepted thru December 31, 2024. Submissions for the 2025 San Diego Music Awards must be released between January 1 and December 31, 2024, to be considered and the artist must be a San Diego resident to qualify.

  • How does a band get nominated?

    Nominees are always chosen in January by the San Diego Music Academy (members are noted on this website) and announced in Mid-February. Nominees are chosen based on the previous year (January thru December), including performers and recordings. Nominees must have ¾ of their members living in San Diego at the time of nominations. Former San Diegans are not eligible for annual SDMA consideration.

    If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us.

2024 SDMA Awards Sponsors

  • Viejas
  • San Diego Reader
  • Ballast Point
  • Cutwater Spirits
  • Fox 5
  • KUSI
  • Taylor Guitars
  • Any Budget Printing & Mailing
  • Imagine Media Group, LLC
  • Studio West
  • Filippi’s PIzza Grotto
  • DoSD.com
  • The Melba Foundation
  • TMC Music