2019 Awards Show

The 2019 ISSA Annual Awards Show will be held in one of the largest, busiest and most prestigious cities in the world, Atlanta, Georgia.

This luxurious venue, a red carpet event will provide an outstanding entertainment experience, and tremendous exposure for some of the world’s most dedicated and talented independent artists, and you won’t want to miss it!

This year our Awards Show will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 and is at the brand new, 13 million dollar facility known as the Dawson County Performing Arts Center, just 35 minutes north of Atlanta. With plenty of free parking, restaurants and shops galore, in the beautiful base of the Appalachian mountain range, the scenery is breathtaking.  See our event facility here.

We will be hosting an after party immediately following our show, and will be showcasing more of our incredibly talented artists, who will be providing “semi-unplugged” music for us, in a more intimate setting. The after party will take place at the World Famous “Georgia Racing Hall of Fame”,  located just a few blocks from our show, with more plentiful free parking,  lots of restaurants and shops to check out.

Welcome packages, including discounts for local hotels and restaurants will be provided by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, Event Coordinator, Dustin Heard. Details following very soon.

A few details:

  • There will be two nomination forms available online beginning January 1, 2019, and nominations will be accepted through March 31st.

  • One form for US artists, and a separate form for International Artists. (Meaning artists that live outside of the United States)

  • On April 14th, we will announce who made the Semi-Finalist list and YOUR votes, and your fan’s votes will determine who makes it to the Finals. (You will only be able to vote for 4 weeks, until the deadline which is May 11th)

  • Our finalists will be announced on May 18th, and our multi-platinum, award-winning music industry panel will make final decisions and announce winners at the show, in Atlanta on August 3rd.

  • There will be only 12 finalists in each of our TWENTY categories, however, we’re doing things very different.

  • Half of our Twenty Categories will merit not ONE, but THREE awards,…. Bronze, Silver and Gold.

  • The awards will be all the same beautiful size (a 12″tall solid crystal obelisk) …just with a splash of color. (see below)

  • So, in essence out of our 200+ nominees, 50 will take one home! And that is JUST for our US Nominees!

  • Our International Nominees will have only 10 finalists in each category, with more than one award winner per category.

Hope to see you there! If you need our help, we are just a click away!

Your ISSA Team



ISSA Awards Show, “Early Bird” Tickets are now available for $58 per person. After July 6th, tickets will be available for $78 per person. ISSA Awards Show ticket purchases will be registered online with our offices, and upon your arrival to the show, you will receive an admission badge by providing your name(s) on the ticket at time of purchase.

Awards Show Schedule:

Saturday, August 3rd 2019

Noon – Sound Check & Dress Rehearsal for Awards Show Performers

2:30 – 4:00pm  Check In, Official Red Carpet Photography, Television Interviews

4:00 – 7:00pm  Awards Show Ceremony


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GA Racing Hall of Fame Day

7:00 – 9:00pm – ISSA *After Party will be at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. A private catered event for the After Party has been arranged. The Fajita Grill Mexican Restaurant will provide food, consisting of a full fajita bar buffet, with beverages. Cash bar available on site (alcoholic beverages) provided by the DAWSONVILLE MOONSHINE DISTILLERY.

*After Party tickets are purchased separately for $15. Once purchase is confirmed, tickets will be emailed to participants, to be presented at the venue entrance. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the venue)






Hard Rock PreParty 2019 FB Promo

With Performances by: Shane Archer Reed and the Harbingers, Michal Towber + AR, Black Cadillac Kings, Dylan Swinson and Electric Mud!



Local Dawsonville Hotel Information:

Quality Inn & Suites    

127 Beartooth Parkway | 706-216-1900 | choicehotels.com/Georgia/Dawsonville/quality-inn-hotels/ga269

Offering: Regular price is $144, will do $115.99 if you call the number above and tell them you’re booking for the International Singer Songwriters Association


Super 8 Motel

205 North 400 Center Lane | 706-216-6801 | wyndamhotels.com/super-8/Dawsonville-georgia/super-8-dawsonville/overview#

Offering: Regular price is $94 and up, will do $79 a night if you call the number above and tell them you’re booking for the International Singer Songwriters Association


Len Foote Hike Inn

280 Amicalola Falls Road | 800-581-9032 | hike-inn.com

Backcountry lodge only accessible by foot on a 5-mile trail. This would be a good option for those turning their experience into a vacation.

Offering: Half price rooms on weekdays.


Amicalola Falls Lodge

418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road | 706-265-8888

Offering: 25% off rooms at the lodge and cabin rentals. Sheet attached with details.


Forrest Hills Mountain Resort & Conference Center

135 Forrest Hills Road, Dahlonega | 800-654-6313 | forresthillsresort.com

Offering: 27 hot tub cabins available and 12 suites left. All the group specials have already been spoken for that weekend.


Limousine Rental Information Link: