Vancouver Island Music Awards nominations open

The 2014 (10th anniversary) Vancouver Island Music Awards are now accepting submissions from Vancouver Island musicians.

COURTENAY'S HELEN AUSTIN earned the 2011 Vancouver Island Music Awards Island Artist of the Year Award.

COURTENAY'S HELEN AUSTIN earned the 2011 Vancouver Island Music Awards Island Artist of the Year Award.

The 2014 (10th anniversary) Vancouver Island Music Awards are now accepting submissions from Vancouver Island musicians.

All information on what and how to submit is at islandmusicawards.wordpress.com. The event is open to ages 10 to adult in all music styles.

The deadline for submitting is Sept. 30. The theme for VIMA 10 is, simply, The Song, and categories are reflective of this theme.

Nominees will be announced in late October, and the gala to announce the winners (and showcase many performances by nominees) will be held in March (city/venue TBA). Nominee Showcases will be held leading up to the March ceremony.

The Island Artist of the Year Winners for the past three years were Victoria’s Steph Macpherson (2013), Ladysmith’s Ryan McMahon (2012) and Courtenay’s Helen Austin (2011).

— Vancouver Island Music Awards