NELA Music Awards


The Downtown Monroe Alliance is proud to present the NELA Music Awards, the first ever people’s choice music event in this area. The music awards will honor and showcase the latest talents of and contributors to the contemporary music scene in Northeast Louisiana.

The show will feature many performances from the area's hottest artists, including the Josh Love Trio, Big Al Cherry, and Jig the Alien, and will present awards in several different categories including, but not limited to: Jazz, Blues, Rock, Alternative Rock, Experimental, Classical, Theatrical, Country, and Bluegrass. Inductees into the Northeast Louisiana Hall of Fame will also be honored, as well as members of the community nominated for Legacy, Entertainer of the Year, Female and Male Performer of the Year, and Duo of the Year.

Voting closed on August 31. To see who came out on top, get your tickets to the event on November 17th today!

The evening will commence in the Monroe Civic Center Arena with a red carpet photo op and the JPS Executive Transportation VIP Cocktail hour at 5:30 PM featuring music by the West Monroe High School Orchestra. There will be a full cash bar as well as complimentary beer from Marsala Beverage and Choice Brands, wine from Southern Beverage and Tonore’s Wine Cellar, and margaritas from Avocado’s. Food will be complimentary and include items from Avocado’s, Doe’s Eat Place, Raising Cane’s, Magic Grill Chicken, The Kitchen Restaurant, King of Wings, Daq’s, Daily Press, Fat Pelican, Trapp’s, Enoch’s Irish Pub, Athena of Monroe, and River & Rail. Only VIP ticket holders will be invited to the cocktail hour!

Doors will open to general admission at 6:30 PM and the awards ceremony will begin at 7:00 PM on the Matt’s Music Stage!

Congrats to the 2016 Winners!

NELA Music Awards 2016 Finalists!


Where tickets can be purchased:

General Admission: $10

VIP ticket: $35

VIP Reserve: $350

Contact info:            

Interested in sponsoring the 2016 NELA Music Awards? Contact Caroline Smalling today!

Caroline Smalling (318) 329-3254, 

Myra Gatling-Akers (318) 329-4947,

Hosted by: Downtown Monroe Alliance

Thanks to our sponsors!

Matt's Music, Vantage, Duck & Dressing, Ralph M Webb, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Terry Tugwell, Cross Keys Bank, Darren Ford Insurance, Progressive Bank, Kelsey Klean, Glenwood Regional Medical Center, Car Town, JPS Executive Transportation, Dr. Daryl Marx, Enoch's Irish Pub, KEDM, Lea's of Lacompte, ESPN, The Peach, The City of Monroe, Monroe DEDD, DeltaStyle Magazine,The News Star, Marsala Beverage, Choice Brands, Inc., Petals, Flowers, & Gifts, Lamar Advertising, The Radio People, Lagniappe Broadcasting, Ameripride, Atmos Energy, Tonore's Wine Cellar

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