28th Annual RAMI Awards

Recording Nominations Accepted through January 31, 2019
Click here to download a recording nomination form

RAMI Music Scholarship Applications

RAMI Music Scholarship applications are now open through February 1st, 2019. We have two scholarship programs available which are managed through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.

The Gary S Wilmer / RAMI Music Scholarship

The Kim & Ruth MacCloskey / RAMI Music Scholarship

Visit the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for more information; cfnil.org.

28th RAMI Awards Show

Special Guest: 2010 RAMI Outstanding Achievement Winner Tracy Silverman

Friday, April 12th, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
Tebala Event Center
7910 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL



Single Admission: $10  (RAMI organization members get in free with membership card)
Reserved Table of 8: $120
Reserved Table of 4: $60

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Strum Bowing Method Workshop with Tracy Silverman

Contrary to popular belief, string players can swing, they can groove, and they can rock out. The old refrain, “strings can’t swing”, may be our past, but it doesn’t have to be our future. String players can be just as effective in a rhythm section as a guitar player. In fact, strings can easily hold down a groove without any rhythm section at all, as fiddle players and string bands can attest.

Join Tracy Silverman for the Strum Bowing Workshop at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 in the Sanctuary at First Lutheran Church, 225 S 3rd Street, Rockford, IL.

For information on Tracy Silverman and The Strum Bowing Method visit www.tracysilverman.com and www.strumbowing.com.

Open to all ages. Admission: Free (ticket required)

Check out Tracy here on YouTube:

Led Zepplin Medley

Stevie Wonder: I Wish

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Rockford Guitar & Drum Show

Buy, sell, trade your used music and sound equipment.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Cliffbreakers Convention Center
700 W. Riverside Blvd, Rockford, IL
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$5.00 at the door

Vendor booth: $50.00 (10' x 10' booth with 1 8' table and 2 chairs - limited number available)
Early bird discount: $40 before August 1at, 2019
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Scholarship Spotlight

Brent Blaesing

2018 Kim & Ruth MacCloskey RAMI Music Scholarship

My musical journey started when I joined the Rock Valley Children’s Choir at the beginning of middle school. My involvement with the Rock Valley Children’s Choir has permanently altered the course of my life. In my time in RVCC, I have performed alongside many major groups, including Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford, as led by Joel Ross. I have performed multiple times at the Coronado Theatre and at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. Before joining the choir, music was of minute interest to me. Read more.

The RAMI Organization

Each year the RAMI Organization hosts several events to help fund the Gary S. Wilmer RAMI Music Scholarship, The RAMI Young Artists Music Scholarship and to promote the local music community. Our premier event is the RAMI Awards Ceremony is held in April each year. The RAMI Awards recognize and celebrate the efforts of groups and individuals who have involvement in the local music community.

The RAMIs have awarded over $70,000 in scholarships and music education programs to over 50 students.

If you would like to become involved in helping us promote support local music and promote music education, contact us at ramicommittee @ ramiawards.com.

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Upcoming Events

28th Annual RAMI Awards

Tebala Event Center
7910 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL 61108
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Strum Bowing Method Workshop with Tracy Silverman

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Admission: Free (ticket required)
First Lutheran Church Sanctuary
225 South 3rd Street
Rockford, IL 61104
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Rockford Guitar & Drum Show

Buy, sell, and trade your used music equipment.
Cliffbreakers Convention Center
700 W Riverside Blvd., Rockford IL 61103
$5 at the door
Vendor tables $50. Get $10 off if registered before 8/1/19.
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