For the second straight year, the BMAs have opened the field for the 617Sessions, a year-long series that invites 10 local bands and artists to hit the studio and record new music. The process is documented by the BMAs, and by the time the annual awards party rolls around in December, the public will have been asked to vote on their favorite track, with the winner performing live at The House of Blues.
“617Sessions is part of our commitment to local musicians.” says BMAs owner Paul Armstrong. “It wasn’t until after last years’ awards that we realized just how special these sessions are. Taking artists from the studio to the House of Blues stage was an amazing moment. We can’t wait to welcome another 10 artists into the studio, they’ll be in great hands.”
This year the BMAs have partnered with The Bridge Sound & Stage in Cambridge, jumping the river from last year’s base of The Record Co. in Boston. Bridge Sound & Stage is led by co-founder Janos Fulop, who as The Arcitype took home Producer of the Year at the BMAs, as well as two additional awards with his hip-hop project STL GLD (Album of the Year, Video of the Year).
“We’re thrilled to partner with the the Boston Music Awards for the 617Sessions,” says Fulop. “When The Bridge opened, we began the hard work of establishing our studio as a creative and productive workspace for local artists. The Boston Music Awards plays the vital role of acknowledging and actively supporting that local talent. The 617Sessions serves as a great opportunity to continue building both our goals in tandem, and ultimately provide more opportunity to the amazing artists that call Boston their home.”