JMAA Mission Statement
TO RECOGNIZE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF ALL OUTSTANDING MISSISSIPPI RECORDING ARTIST AND PERFORMERS IN RHYTHM AND BLUES AND GOSPEL MUSIC ANNUALLY IN JACKSON MISSISSIPPI AND TO PROMOTE MISSISSIPPI AND ITS TALENT INTERNATIONALLY. Mississippi has produced an abundance of musical talent. Blues and Gospel music has its roots in Mississippi and Mississippi is a top producer of stars in Rhythm and Blues and Gospel Music. Our purpose is to bring attention to the accomplishments of these artist promoting pride in all Mississippians. Mississippi’s contributions to the music industry have been the best-kept secret in America.
The Jackson Music Awards Association recognizes the accomplishment of outstanding national and local artist in Gospel & Rhythm and Blues music. Mississippi is regarded now as the birthplace of Blues and Gospel and we want the world to know. Mississippi has a rich musical heritage and these awards shows help to educate and instill pride in our citizens. The educational benefits of this project will help prepare our young people for the challenges the business will bring. Young aspiring artist will be made aware of career opportunities in the music business right here in Jackson, Mississippi. This is an ongoing project and has been in existence for 28 years.
The Jackson Music Awards Association, Inc., is a non- profit Mississippi Corporation comprised of music industry professionals. This association features the Annual Jackson Music Awards and The Mississippi Gospel Music Awards. The Jackson Music Awards is now going into its 43rd year and The Mississippi Gospel Music Awards into its 39th year. Awards are presented to outstanding Mississippians and Mississippi affiliated artist in the gospel music awards and to international and local Rhythm and Blues artist in the Jackson Music Awards. These shows are presented in elegant style.
2017 the 3rd Annual City With Soul Awards will be held at Duling Hall honoring all the who give our city Soul, Night Clubs, Restaurants, Barber Shops, Beauty Shops, Dance Groups, Club DJs and more. The 39th Annual Mississippi Gospel Music Awards will be held on Sunday July, 23rd and The 43rd Annual Jackson Music Awards on Monday, July 24th. The Jackson Music awards show recognizes the accomplishments of R&B artist such as Mel Waiters, Dorothy Moore, Bobby Bland , Bobby Rush, Willie Clayton, Denise Lasalle and many more. The Gospel Music Awards recognizes the accomplishments of artist such as The Mississippi Mass Choir, The Canton Spirituals, The Jackson Southernaires, The Christainaires, Dorothy Norwood and many more. These award shows are needed to highlights the accomplishments of outstanding Mississippians and to encourage young and upcoming artist. The events will be held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.
The community will benefit by the education career opportunities these event will bring. Young musicians will benefit by knowing what avenues and people are available locally and nationally to help further their careers. Industry professionals in Artist Management, Publishing, Producing, Songwriting and Promotions will present classroom workshops.