USI Awards / Upper State Independent Awards Show 2010

Event 11-06-2010 7-10 pm EST.
Burnet Park Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Download the USI Awards 2010 Program Guide.

USIA to be Held 11-06-2010

10-27-2010 by My Souhtside Stand web site, Syracuse, NY

In its fourth year, the Upper State Independent Awards (USIA), scheduled Saturday, Nov. 6, acknowledges independent musicians, poets, models, comedians, photographers, choreographers and more. Votes from the community were accepted online up until Oct. 31 to select winners in each of the 30 awards categories.

Jimmy Black USIA 2010

Hip-hop artist Jimmy Black is performing at this year’s show.

South Side resident and musician Kendric Bedell started USIA in hopes of shining the spotlight on hardworking musicians and artists who had not broken into the mainstream yet. “Being a musician myself, it was kind of hard for independent artists…there was no platform that paid attention to them,” said Bedell, who plans the event with his wife Sheridonna Wilson.

This year’s show has 30 categories, including Best Gospel, Jazz, DJ, Blues, Hip-Hop Male and Female to Best Cover Band, R&B Group, Producer and Salons/Barbershop. The community via online votes selected the nominees in each of the categories over the last several months.

Alfonso Davis with Heidi Z USIA 2011

Former 2009 Syracuse mayoral candidate Alfonso Davis presents Heidy Z with the Favorite Model Award at last year’s event.

Now to win, nominees must network amongst their fans to get the public to vote for them. “The person with the most votes, they’re working diligently and telling their fans and family to support them,” said Bedell. “We try to motivate these artists because it’s a networking event also, and we want to motivate each other to work hard toward our goal—to make our audience aware of what we are doing.”

South Side businesses are also encouraged to participate in the event. “The community is always asking that they want something positive in our community and we are doing something positive,” said Bedell. “And we’re trying to get different businesses involved to be a sponsor, so their name can get out as well, and also give back.”

The awards show takes place on Nov. 6 at One Conservation Place. Hosted by Sheridonna Bedell, the show features a fashion show and live performers, such as Jimmy Black. More performers will be announced soon.

For a full list of the nominees in each category and to purchase tickets to the awards show, visit

– Pictures courtesy of the U.S.I.Awards


OCTOBER 31, 2010

For info visit www.USIAWARDS.COM
Or call 315-422-1406

The essence of the Upper State Independent Awards show is to acknowledge independent musicians from all genres and backgrounds, showing appreciation for work by independent musicians, poets, models, designers, comedians, photographers, choreographers, movie makers/DVD, on-line radio shows, and television shows just to name a few. The award show is a local networking environment held once a year in Syracuse New York, it will be held on November 6, 2010. This will be our 4th Annual Upper State Independent Award show.

     The USI Awards committee’s mission is to raise awareness about the talented individuals that surround us. Our way of promoting this year is our television shows, special appearances on other TV shows, radio commercials radio interviews, word of mouth, bus wraps, CDs from the first and second award show, billboards, t-shirts, brochures, fliers, and websites. We are diverse in our awards selections, as well as engaging in more entertainment elements for the community. 


The Upper State Independent Awards Show is sponsored by businesses and organizations from the Syracuse area. About half of the audience is from Syracuse. The musicians, volunteers, and a few sponsors are from the regional area. In conclusion, the Upper State Independent Awards Show is a wonderful environment to network with independent talented professional business individuals. You also get to enjoy genres of music and an eye-catching fun fashion show. If you would like to be a sponsor email us. You don’t want to miss it! Hope to see you there!

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