Happy New Year! These past few months have been difficult ones for live music in general, but we got some good news this week: Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band has been nominated for a Boston Music Award (BMA) under the International Artist of the Year category.

There are 10 artists nominated for each category of the BMAs, but only one winner. As far as we know, no klezmer band has ever won a Boston Music Award. But some of our favorite friends, colleagues and legends have, ranging from Lake Street Dive to Esperanza Spalding to Shea Rose to the Dropkick Murphys. In order to win, we need votes from both an anonymous committee of industry professionals and from the public at large.

We’re reaching out to the Jewish community to ask for your help, both in voting for us and in sharing this message with any email lists, publications or social media you’re comfortable using. The competition is pretty stiff, including some much larger and more established acts, but we’re feeling good about our chances if everyone pitches in.

Can we count on you?

Instructions for voting are below!

How to Vote for EWKB for the 2020 BMAs

1. Visit bostonmusicawards.com/vote.
2. Enter your contact information.
3. Vote for Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band for INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR. While you’re at it, write us in for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD.
4. If you’re feeling good, vote for some other amazing artists, engineers, promoters and venues.
5. Click SUBMIT VOTE. You voted! And all without worrying about the state of the postal service, infections at the polls or voter suppression by your national leaders.
6. Share with your friends! The more votes we get, the more likely we are to win. This seems obvious but bears repeating. If you want us to win, please tell your people to vote, too. Tis the season.


Do I need to live in Boston to vote?

No. Vote from wherever you are if you love klezmer!

Can I vote multiple times?

Votes are tied to your email address.

Why should I vote for you?

Because you love our music. Or maybe you just want to say you shared in the joy of bringing home the award to the klezmer side of the aisle.

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