An annual ceremony has struck a chord with Central new York music fans for years. The SAMMYS is inducting new honorees into its Hall of Fame as well as giving out awards to musicians in a number of categories. Our Iris St. Meran talks to local musicians about how the Syracuse Area Music Awards impacted their careers.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- One man's idea to honor local musicians 20 years ago has grown into a staple in the Syracuse music community. Each year the SAMMYS recognizes local artists for their work and contributions to the community.
The Flashcubes Band Leader Gary Frenay said, "For those of us that stay in Central New York, the SAMMYS are our Grammys. It's a great recognition from your peers and from your town."
Around town, the talent knows no bounds. But musicians may not know each other and the community may not always be aware either. The SAMMYS is their connection.
"On the outside, people that are coming to hire your services, people that are considering your services, I think to them the SAMMY speaks to your accomplishment at some level," Maria DeSantis of DeSantis Orchestra.
And regardless of what level they may be at in their career, the music business can be a challenging one. The SAMMYS provides an opportunity to to grow, share and collaborate in a way that would be harder to do in other areas.
Executive Director Liz Nowak said, "Somebody that earned that award just has this, it let them know they're on the right path, they're doing the right thing. Because I wonder if you question that when you're eating craft macaroni and cheese and your mom keeps saying get a day job."
Even though mom is pushing that day job, at least for a night a light gets shined to say job well done.
The music appreciation continues Friday evening with the SAMMYS award show at the Palace Theatre beginning at 7.
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