Hometown Heroes Homey Awards Eligibility

The first step towards nominations

Hello local musicians!

Hometown Heroes' Homey Awards are an annual celebration of the year's best in local original music.

There are two rounds:

  1. Popular vote - the public will vote for their favorite 2023 releases and musicians in the various Homey categories. The top five by popular vote in each category will be this year's nominees.
  2. Homey Panel vote - The panel, comprised of past Homey winners and industry professionals will then vote on the nominees - deciding this year's winners.

It's time to get things organized for the first round of Homey Awards voting. This is where YOU come in.

If you want you, your band, your music, etc., to be eligible for the first round of Homey Awards voting you need to:

  1. Decide in which categories you'd like to be eligible for the first round of voting. You (your band, your songs, etc.) can be eligible in as many or as few appropriate categories as you'd like. It's your call.
  2. Submissions should be made by the artists themselves or a designated representative (manager, agent, etc.).

A quick review of the criteria for Homey Award eligibility:
A song, album, EP, etc. needs to have been:

  1. Released in 2023.
  2. Submitted to Hometown Heroes on CD, WAV, or MP3. We cannot accept other digital formats or streaming links. Songs must be radio-friendly (i.e. no expletives). If your music has not yet been submitted, you can do so now. Email Mark Rogers at hthmrogers@gmail.com.
  3. Best Song and Songwriter submissions need to be original songs.
  4. From an artist currently based in the Delaware Valley
  5. Musician, songwriter, and producer categories are based on involvement with 2023 releases.
  6. Category-specific notes and guidelines:
    • Album of the Year and EP of the year: The line between albums and EPs can be blurry, so I leave it up to the artist to decide whether their release is an EP or album - it can't be both.
    • Female or male solo artist - Someone who presented themself as a solo artist, rather than a band's lead singer on a 2023 release
    • Best New Artist - An artist/band that first presented themselves in the local music scene as an artist in 2023 with a release of some kind (single, album, EP) that was available for purchase, download, or streaming.
    • Best Lead Singer From a band - Not a solo artist (see above). i.e. the same artist isn't eligible for best male/female solo artist and lead singer
    • Best Other Instrumentalist - a catch-all category for instruments that don't fit in the other instrument categories (still need a better name for this category)
    • Best Music Video - a 2023 short-form video release - please provide link to video

If you have any questions, email Mark at hthmrogers@gmail.com

Fields marked in bold with a * are required. You'll receive a "thank you" confirmation email within a couple days after submission. If you don't receive one, please email Mark.

Your Name *

Name of Act/Band (if different from submitter)

Email *


Has your music been submitted to Hometown Heroes? *
Yes       No

What was your music's release date (or dates, if submitting for more than one work)?

Album of the Year

Best E.P.

Song of the Year

Best Band

Best Female Solo Artist

Best Male Solo Artist

Best New Artist

Best Lead Singer from a Band

Best Guitarist

Best Bass Player

Best Drummer

Best Keyboardist/Pianist

Best Other Instrumentalist

Best Songwriter

Best Producer

Best Rock Song

Best Hard Rock/Metal Song

Best Pop Song

Best R&B Song

Best Rap/Hip Hop Song

Best Alternative Song

Best Folk Song

Best Country/Americana Song

Best Jazz Song

Best Collaboration

Best Music Video