Indian Summer Festival

April 25, 2017

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN'S Indian Summer Festivals extends an invitation and welcomes all Native American artists to submit entries to the 2017 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). This year, the competitive categories include Blues, Central and South American Indigenous Music, Contemporary/Modern Instrumental, Country, Folk, Hip Hop, Native American Flute, Pop, Rock, Spiritual, Spoken Word, Traditional Instrumental, Traditional Native American Drum, Traditional Native American Vocal and lastly, the Native Spirit category for non-Indian entrants. All entries must be postmarked by April 30th and received in the ISMA office by May 15th.


ISMA is an annual musical competition run by Indian Summer Festival.  ISMA recognizes and promotes the very best in Native American music created by both established and emerging artists. This year's Festival will be held Sept. 8-10 at Milwaukee's beautiful lakefront Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). Visit for more details about the Festival.


Indian Summer Festival and the ISMA Awards Show bring some of North America's most talented recording artists to Milwaukee. The music awards will be presented live on Saturday, Sept. 9, with many of the nominated artists on-hand to perform their songs for the festival crowds. The ISMA show is devoted to the recognition of Native American artists who have made outstanding contributions toward indigenous people's music in the previous year.  The awards help increase the awareness of the history and diversity of both traditional and contemporary American Indian culture. Native American music is being recognized around the world and is a true statement for Native American entrepreneurship.


Visit for detailed information about the competition and ISMA Entry Form.  The Indian Summer Music Award Show is made possible thanks to generous donations from our many sponsors including North Star Mohican Casino Resort, Motion Plus Lanes, Rainbow Trout & Little Crow, and Lanex.


Questions, comments, or concerns can be addressed by contacting the ISMA Committee via email at: , Marlene Manske at 414-514-6017 or the Indian Summer office at (414) 604-1000.


Organized and Incorporated in 1985 as a 501(c) 3 organization, Indian Summer Inc. was formed for the purpose of organizing and presenting an American Indian ethnic festival at the Summerfest Grounds the weekend after Labor Day each year. The mission of Indian Summer Inc. is to educate, preserve and promote American Indian cultures; showcase the diversity that exists within tribal cultures; provide economic opportunities to our people and strengthen communication and understanding.


Indian Summer Inc., also presents an annual golf outing to raise funds for Education Day, held from 9am to 2pm on Friday of the festival weekend and Winter Pow Wow held the second weekend in March at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.

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