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New Times Music Awards 

The annual New Times Music Awards (NTMA) are back in 2020 for their 12th year of celebrating local music!

ENTRY PERIOD: July 23–August 10

Get your music ready! Singers, songwriters, musicians, performers, and bands: it’s once again your time to shine! Enter up to 13 songs and 1 album.

There are six genres: Country/Folk/Americana, Rock/Alternative, Hip Hop, R&B/Blues, Open, and Youth. We also have a Best Album category, and a songwriter category where you can enter up to 3 songs.

See the full rules here.

Entries will be accepted online at starting on July 23. Entries are due by 5pm on Monday, August 10.


The judges narrow down their selections, then we post the songs online and we ask our readers to vote for their favorites.

The voting ends at 5pm on Monday, October 19. The winners will be announced in the NTMA publication.


The issue will contain interviews with and photos of the first place winners; and the second and third place winners will be announced, as well as the Readers' Choice Award!

Don’t miss this special publication that will shine a spotlight on some of the best musicians on the Central Coast.

NEW THIS YEAR: We're on Spotify!

Follow us on Spotify! We're @NewTimesMusic. Available Readers' Choice songs are in a playlist, and all winning songs will be a part of our "NTMA 2020" playlist.

For more information, please email us at

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