Black Women Artiste Awards

About Our Awards

 

HOW IT WORKS

Our Awards processes are nominations, and voting by members of the public. T he Black Women ArtistesAwards acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of Black women artistes, who perform the genres poetry, storytelling and song. T he ‘Nina Simone Award’ is awarded to an artiste for her contributions to Jazz. Both Awards presentations take place in London during the month of October.

WHY THE AWARDS

Black Women in the Arts recognises the substantial contribution made by Black women artistes. These women artistes' influence in the UK is growing rapidly and their increased prominence in British culture and lifestyle is evident.

Black Women Artistes Awards are made to individual artistes for their contributions or achievements in the areas of Song, Poetry or Storytelling. The ‘Nina Simone Award’ is awarded to an artiste for her contributions to Jazz

CRITERIA

All categories are open to Black women artistes 16 years and upwards, from the African Diaspora – British-Black, Black-African, Black-Caribbean

These awardsare open to Black women artistes who have been performing for two years or more.

BLACK WOMEN ARTISTES AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Singer
  • Poet
  • Storyteller

NINA SIMONE AWARD CATEGORY

  • A Jazz artistes contributions to Jazz

 

HOW TO NOMINATE

Nominations are welcome from members of the public, nominations must meet the criteria. Self-nomination is also welcome.

Artistes participating in the Festival of Black Female Voices (BWA annual event celebrating International Women’s Day), automatically receive nominations for the Black Women Artistes Awards.

 

NOMINATION PROCESS

Nomination start and end dates will be announced through:

  • Our website
  • eBulletin
  • Talkin Arts eMag
  • Other appropriate media

Please make nominations in the following way:

  1. Uses of our contact form on Black Women in the Arts website providing the relevant details listed below, then click submit.
  2. Telephone +44 020 7923 7658 providing relevant details listed.

 

Information to be supplied by nominated person or persons

  • Name of the artistes being nominated
  • Award category or categories
  • Confirmation from the artistes stating their willingness to be nominated
  • Full contact details of the artistes including, mobile, and email address
  • State when is the best time to contact the nominated artistes
  • Your name and full contact details.

When calling or emailing us, please remember to state ‘AWARDS’ in your message

 

VOTING

This can be done by:

1. Visit our website for voting dates, and follow the online instructions for voting.

2. Telephoning 020 7923 7658, casting your vote. Recorded message will confirm voting dates.

Additionally Messages will be displayed on our website, ebulletin, Talkin Arts eMag and our email signature giving voting dates.

Note: Votes made by telephone will be transferred to the online voting system. This means that all nominated artistes must be registered on our online system.

Note: Voting require a Black Women in the Arts ‘Celebrity Membership’ account. Without this account, we can not effectively keep a record of your votes. Even more important, we can not display your profile online.

 

RULES FOR VOTING

All voters have one vote per category – when voting for artistes for the Black Women Artistes Awards voters will cast a vote for each category: Poetry, Storytelling and Song.

There is only one category for the Nina Simone Award – in this category voters must select their chosen artistes and cast only 1 vote. Multiply votes will automatically be disqualified.

 

IN THE EVENT OF A DRAW

A draw means that two or more artistes have the same equal number of votes. In this regard the Award Panel representative by, partner organisation, member of the public and a BWA Board member. The decision of the Award Panel is final.

 

PRIZES

Winners will receive the title of:

Black Women Artistes Award recipient, Singer, Poet or Storyteller

Nina Simone Award recipient

Record of winners will be published and then archived as part of each award history.

 

Winners will also receive:

  • Certificate with winner name scribe on the certificate
  • 12 months promotion in key locations on: www.blackwomenart.orgwww.talkinarts.com emag, BWA ebulletin. This maybe in the form of photos, videos or showreels
  • Regular featured on BWA Blog and Social Internet sites including, YouTube, Face Book, Twitter and others.

 

HOW CAN ARTISTES SUPPORT THESE AWARDS

  • Tell your fans, friends and family about the Award and your nomination.
  • Tell fans, friends and family to visit www.blackwomenart.org and cast their vote.
  • Like Black Women in the Arts FB Page
  • At media opportunities, speak about the awards and your nominations.
  • Promote the Awards on your website and through your Social Internet sites too.
  • Come along to the next year Awards presentations and present the awards to the next recipient.
  • Keep in touch, with the awards organisers; don’t be afraid to let us know what’s going on in your life creatively.

We welcome the opportunity to support your artistic endeavours.

 

HOW CAN PARTNERS SUPPORT THESE AWARDS

  • Be enthusiastic! And tell your contacts, friends, family to visit www.blackwomenart.org and cast their vote for artistes
  • Tell local BME community groups, local BME media BME community websites.
  • Like Black Women in the Arts FB Page
  • Visit www.blackwomenart.org and cast your vote

 

EVERYTHING ELSE

The organisers of the Black Women Artistes Awards and the Nina Simone Awards are:

Black Women in the Arts, 62 Beechwood Road, London E8 3DY

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