WAMA is a non-profit tax exempt organization
of music industry professionals committed to raising the profile of the
region's diverse music community. WAMA's main goal is to promote Washington
area music in general and to achieve national recognition of the region
as an important center for live and recorded music. Just as the nation's
capital is comprised of a rich cross section of cultures, WAMA's membership
embraces all musical styles from classical, bluegrass, go-go, R&B, and
reggae, to rock, jazz and folk.
In short, WAMA is an umbrella organization of musicians, concert promoters,
lawyers, recording engineers, managers, graphic artists, and related businesses
working together to address areas of common concern. Among WAMA's programs
The Washington Area Music Awards recognize significant career achievements
by area musicians. Nominations and balloting come from the WAMA membership.
Past show participants include Emmylou Harris, Joan Jett, The Clovers,
Bo Diddley, Jorma Kaukonen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Jimmy Dean. Program Adverting Rates
The annual WAMA Crosstown Jam, a city-wide volunteer presentation at nightclubs
and concert halls with as many as 150 acts cooperating to raise money for
area charities. Program Adverting Rates (TBA)
WAMA produces informational workshops on issues of interest to people
in the music business, including such topics as publishing, management, booking
A running list of all upcoming DC music events.
Compilations of local artists have been produced for distribution to music
business executives, airplay on regional radio; as well as for sale at
The Association email newsletter reports on WAMA sponsored programs, as well
as developments in the local music community. In addition, it informs
members on national and regional issues which impact on the local music
community. Newsletter Adverting Rates
WAMA makes UPC product identification scan symbols available to its members.
Help us build a stronger music community by joining WAMA. Membership is
only $35.00 per year. Your membership and donations are tax deductable.
2011 WAMA Documentary
A music documentary was Produced, Directed and Edited by Greg Berger of Top Secret Productions / Berger Video.
This short film looks at the history of WAMA and interviews veteran musicians and new artists who call the DC area their home.
Subjects range from venues in the DC area to honest opinions about the role that WAMA serves for the community of musicians in DC.
The piece also includes vintage footage & 25th Wammies performance highlights.
George Nugent, Director of Photography.