Detroit Music Awards Foundation
The Detroit Music Awards (DMA) was initially proposed in 1988. Presented by the Motor City Music Foundation better known as The Detroit Music Awards Foundation the multi-genre awards ceremony was established to bring recognition to Detroit area musicians. The DMAF was chartered in 1988 by a distinguished group of Detroit music and media professionals. The fledgling group held its first award show in 1992 at Detroit's Music Hall, and moved to the State Theater now known as The Fillmore Detroit, its present location, in 1993. In 1998, the organization merged with the Metro Times-sponsored Detroit Music Awards. Now, the Detroit Music Awards Foundation is a single entity presenting the Detroit Music Awards each spring.
DMAF awards are similar to the Grammy Awards which are presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Award winners are determined by local musicians and music industry professionals in southeast Michigan, and presented in ten music genres; Folk/Acoustic, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Country, Classical, Rock/Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Electronic and World. The Detroit Music Awards is the only local music awards in the nation to be presented by a not-for-profit organization. Voting is accomplished entirely via the internet.
The Detroit Music Awards Foundation is a Michigan 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, whose mission is to recognize Detroit area musicians working on a national, regional and local level. Its purpose is also to support and nurture the musical community in the Detroit metropolitan area, and to create a network for musicians that cuts across genres and styles.