FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards?
What is the nomination criterion?
Is there anything I can do to increase my chances for a nomination?
How does the nominee selection process work?
How are winners selected?
How are the award categories selected?
When is the voting period?
Where do I vote?
When and where can I buy tickets?
How can I apply to play the summer music showcase?
Can I join the Board?
What are the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards?

Our mission is to enhance our community by planning and producing an annual awards event that uniquely recognizes the performing arts, live arts, and live music of the Omaha area. With all-star talent and red carpet prestige, the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards offers a memorable evening that thanks the artists who keep Omaha culture alive.

We produce an annual awards show, summer music showcase, fall music nominee showcase, comedy nominee showcase, poetry nominee showcase, visual art nominee showcase, and educational summits in addition to fundraising and community engagement efforts.

What is the nomination criterion?

Artists, exhibitions and shows must have exhibited or performed their work between September 1 and August 31 of the year in question. To be eligible for Album of the Year, it must have been released during that time period. Nominees must reside within 100 miles of the Omaha Metro Area.

Is there anything I can do to increase my chances for a nomination?

Yes, by being active in the artistic community and rallying your fans to vote for you during the voting period. As the nominations are determined by public vote, being visible and marketing yourself is an important step.

Playing the summer showcase is not required to be nominated, it simply increases your visibility for the public to nominate you. Playing the fall nominee showcase is not required to win, it simply allows the voting academy a chance to view your art.

How does the nominee selection process work?

The Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards (OEAA) recognizes some of the most talented artists and entertainers in the Omaha area. Voting for the awards is separated into three genres: Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Live Music. To be eligible for an award, artists need to have performed or exhibited work between September 1 and August 31 of the following year.

Online public nomination submissions for the 14th Annual OEAAs are now open and end on August 31, 2019. After voting closes, accounting firm Dickinson & Clark CPAs, P.C. tallies the nominees in each category. Then, the initial ballots are sent to each genres review committees to analyze the public nominations to make sure they fit the criteria and finalize the official list of nominees.

The top nominees in each category are then put on a ballot that is sent to members of the OEAA Academy, consisting of over 100 established artists, industry professionals and cultural journalists. These tallied ballots will give us our Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards winners which will be announced at the annual awards show in early 2020.

How are winners selected?

The top nominees in each category are put on a ballot that is sent to members of the OEAA Academy, consisting of over 100 established artists, industry professionals and cultural journalists. These tallied ballots will give us our Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards winners which will be announced at the annual awards show. Know someone who should be included in the voting academy? Email us! oea.awards@gmail.com.

How are the award categories selected?

Award categories are analyzed after every nomination season. We take into consideration genres of music and styles of art that may be seeing a resurgence or dwindling and make adjustments based on what the current scene is in Omaha or what the previous public nomination results indicate (see our past winners as an example of the changes made each year).

Due to year round voting, category edits must be changed 18 months in advance. For example, the public nominations for the 2020 award show started September 1, 2018 and will end August 31, 2019. So edits to the nomination categories for the 2021 award show must be made before that public ballot opens on September 1, 2019.

When is the voting period?

September 1 – August 31 of the ballot year. The awards show takes place the following January-February.

Where do I vote?

Click on the “Vote” link in the menu bar!

When and where can I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets on this website as the date of the awards show nears.

How can I apply to play the summer music showcase?

Reach out and let us know you’re interested at oea.awards@gmail.com.

Can I join the Board?

Yes! Our board is limited to 18 individuals and terms are 3 years. Applications for vacancies will be accepted in the Spring. We will ask for a resume and your anticipated contributions to our organization (watch our social sites and website news page).

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