Seeking Native Indie Music Submissions for the 2017 Native Trailblazers Music Awards

It was Cody Blackbird in 2016: Seeking Native Indie Music Submissions for the 2017 Native Trailblazers Music Awards and #JuneJamz!

Native Trailblazers radio, the online BlogTalkRadio program which has received multiple awards across Turtle Island since 2009, is putting out its annual call for submissions for their 2017 Native Trailblazers Music Awards. The awards will be given to Native indie musicians featured as part of the Native Trailblazers Music Awards #JuneJamz music showcase held every June on the show.

Last year’s winners included a wide range of independent musical artists from across Indian Country, including Twin Flames, Jamie Coon, Paco Fralick and Canadian Mohawk artist Shawnee Talbot. The overall 2016 winner of the Native Trailblazers Music Awards and #JuneJamz was Cody Blackbird and the Cody Blackbird Band.

There is no entry fee and Native indie artists can enter by visiting the Native Trailblazers website.

Since 2009, Native Trailblazers has attracted over 800,000 listeners worldwide and the show has also been nominated three times for an Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Award / Indigenous Music Award, was selected as one of BlogTalkRadio's featured shows.

Joining the regular show hosts is award-winning musician Michael Bucher who joins the program in inviting Native and Indigenous artists of any music genre to participate, including Folk, Rock, Country, Reggae, Hip Hop, Electronic and Traditional and spoken word.

"Native Trailblazers also accepts songs from anywhere in the world where Indigenous people reside and create music. Past submissions have come from all over the United States, and Canada, Australia and New Zealand," says Bucher.

Native Trailblazers June Jamz episodes will also feature cameo appearances from key players in the industry, including invited special co-host Michael Bucher.

Listeners will vote on their favorite artists after the fourth Friday in June.


The deadline to submit is Friday June 16th, though late submissions can be considered. Interested artists can fill out the application and email their songs at

The Native Trailblazers radio program airs live every Friday night at 8pm EST at

Winners receive sponsorship packets that include the indie bible, PR packets, official awards from the show and other prizes.

Native Trailblazers #JuneJamz Music Awards: artist submission information can also be emailed along with MP3'S ONLY to

  1. Artist name / group name:
  2. Contact information: (email at least)
  3. If a group – each artist name and instrument played:
  4. Song(s) name (one or two): (SUBMIT MP3'S ONLY)
  5. Song(s) description:
  6. Where is your music available (include links):
  7. Social media and web sites (include links):
  8. Bio