The City of Falls Church Economic Development Authority Board of Directors has granted $3,000 to help fund the 24th annual Wammies Award Show at the State Theatre on Feb. 28. The event, which draws hundreds of DC-area music industry attendees to the city each year, is produced by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA).
The Wammies recognize significant career achievements by area musicians and, in the process, raise awareness of the DC-area music scene in a night of entertainment and celebration. Over a hundred Wammie Awards are presented each year spanning every category of music, including Classical, Country, Hip Hop, Folk and Rock. Last year’s celebrity hosts were Andrea Roane of WUSA, Kojo Nnamdi of WAMU and national radio DJ Jim Bohannon.
In granting funds for the Wammies, the EDA recognizes the direct economic impact of the event for local businesses that provide dining, gathering and entertainment venues for attendees, in addition to the State Theatre. Also, several city businesses are hired to provide services in the production of the Wammies.
The EDA intends to work closely with WAMA to promote to its membership and industry contacts the city of Falls Church as a destination for dining, shopping and entertainment throughout the year, as well as a great place to locate a business. “The Little City” branding campaign, recently launched by the EDA, will be featured prominently in Wammie publicity.