KUCHING: Nominations closing date for the Dayak Music Awards (Dama) or ‘Anugerah Muzik Dayak’ (AMD) has been extended to August 31 from July 31.
This date extension was anonymously agreed at the main committee meeting of the Dayak Artistes and Musicians Association (Dama) at its headquarters in Stutong last Tuesday.
The meeting chaired by Dama chairman Snowdan Lawan agreed on the extension to give more
time for artistes and musicians to send in their nominations for the awards tentatively fixed on October 30 this year.
“Hitherto, the number of nominations is quite okay but some artistes have called us to ask for extension and the committee has no objection to the new date (Aug 31) because more nominations are expected as some artistes claim they don’t know anything about the awards and nomination,” Snowdan told Borneo Post after the meeting.
Styled after the renowned Grammy Awards and Malaysia’s ‘Anugerah Industri Muzik’ (AIM), the Dayak version is to give recognition to their music industry players.
AMD is held for the second time after the inaugural Dama 2008, though this time around, the event is organised by Dama standing on its own after being registered by ROS in October last year.
In 2008, Dama was organised by Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by organising chairman Dato Sri Celestine Ujang Jilan, who is now Dama advisor.
Only artistes and musicians who have registered themselves as Dama members are eligible for the awards nominations.
Dama membership fee is RM50.
The new member is given a membership card that would entitle them to various benefits.
Award winners stand to win a trophy each plus certificate and cash prize.
Meanwhile, artistes and musicians who have not submitted their nominations are encouraged to do so in time for the closing date.
Only songs and music produced or composed between 2008 and 2010 are eligible for nominations.
For details contact Dama secretariat at Sublot 7, Fl 3, Block 11, Tabuan Stutong Commercial Centre, here (Tel: 082-368739, Fax: 082-366744).
Chairman Snowdan will also lead Dama roadshow in Miri on Saturday August 14 at 2pm at the Pacific Orient Hotel, Miri.
There will be some performance from guest artistes to spice up the event.
Dayak musicians, artistes and supportive public members are kindly invited to the roadshow.
This will be a golden opportunity for them get more information about the awards and the association.
Eligible public can also register as association members during the event.