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July 5, 2024 
DuSable Garden
Washington Park, Chicago IL

Celebrate Chicago’s biggest music night the 42nd Chicago Music Awards (CMA) combined with 31st African/Caribbean Internationl Festival of Life, July 5th, 2024  at the DuSable Museum Garden- Washington Park

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CMA Nominations Open until May 1 

Music industry experts, click to email nomination ballot below. 

CMA Nominations Open until May 1 

Music industry experts, click to email nomination ballot below. 

42nd Chicago Music Awards
Special Honoree Dr. Michael L Pfleger


The Chicago Music Awards is indeed Chicago’s biggest night of music excellence with more than 100 performing and recording artist nominees who will be recognized for their contributions to the city’s rich history in music, fine arts, music business, and event production.


While the majority of the awards are given to musicians, there are four distinguished non-voting awards named for
community leaders and public servants who embody Chicago’s soul and perseverance, through their
resilience, hard work, and dedication to the people of our great city.


The award categories are the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey History and Education Lifetime Achievement award, the Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Humanitarian/Community Award, the Special Lifetime Achievement Award, and the


The CMA will honor Rev. Dr. Michael L. Pfleger, senior pastor of the Faith Community of Saint Sabina and social justice icon to its long list of distinguished honorees as the
2024 Marcus Mosiah Garvey History And Education Lifetime Achievement Awardee.

Don't miss your opportunity to pick the Best in Chicago music 2023!


About Chicago Music Awards

CMA 2024 Overview

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The 42nd Annual Chicago Music Award honors entertainers in all genres of music, from Pop to Gospel, Reggaeton, Afrobeat, Blues to Jazz, Hip Hop to Urban, country to Rock, House to EDM, Caribbean to Latin, Comedy toSpoken Word, Teens to Classical, and the list goes on.

CMA 2024 Nominations Open until May 1, 2024

Nominations are now open at through May 1st to nominate the best of Chicagoland entertainers, in more than 30 categories.


For the third time the 42nd Annual Chicago Music Awards, will combine with the International Festival of Life.

CMA in the News

CMA combined with the 31st
International Festival of Life (IFOL)

31st  Anniversary African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL)

July 4-7, 2024

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