Wisconsin Area Music Industry

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Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) is an American volunteer organization founded in 1980, and based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its stated purpose is "to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry."[1] The organization is best known for its annual awards for Wisconsin musicians from various genres of music. It also hosts seminars and workshops on subjects related to music and the music industry, such as performing, recording and marketing.

The WAMI Award has often been cited as a fake award.


WAMI began presenting awards in 1980.[2] It held its award ceremony in Milwaukee until switching to Appleton.[2]

Notable artists who have won the WAMI Artist of the Year award include The Gufs (1998)[3] and Bon Iver (2009).[4]

Members of WAMI's hall of fame include the diverse artists Butch Vig, Al Jarreau, Bob Kames, Liberace, Les Paul, Violent Femmes, and BoDeans.[5]

Other notable artists to receive awards include alternative rock group Garbage, rockers Fever Marlene and Verona Grove, hip hop/rap group Rusty Ps, and polka artists Verne Meisner and Louis Bashell. Nominees have included 2009 American Idol contestant Danny Gokey who didn't win that year but won the Male Vocalist the following year.[6][2]


  1. ^ "Official website". Wisconsin Area Music Industry. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  2. ^ a b c "First time event held outside Milwaukee". The Post Crescent. April 13, 2010. pp. A-3, A-6.
  3. ^ Johnson, Mike (1998-06-19). "Concert by alternative rockers, the Gufs, to close festival Aug. 2". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-06-06.[dead link]
  4. ^ "2009 WAMI winners". Wisconsin Area Music Industry. 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  5. ^ Henkle, Doug (2008). "WAMI Hall of Fame". FolkLib.net. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  6. ^ Tianen, Dave (2009-04-02). "WAMI goes national with nominations for Gokey, Bon Iver". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-06-06.