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Crossroads Blues Society

Paul Hieser

Acoustic, Folk, Oldies, Solo Artists
The Groove Hotel

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Voting Update

"The Rockford Area Music Industry's mission is securing funding resources to assist with local music scholarships. This happens through hosting events to promote our regions music community while having fun in the process. Our RAMI award ceremony is one of these events and takes a lot of time and work to execute.

We have made some corrections to the ballot since some information was excluded during the process of organizing all of those represented or nominated. It's important to get this information correct and showcase this areas incredible musical talent and cultural environment. We ask that if you've already voted, please take the time to go back into the system and cast your votes again. If you have not entered any information, please take the time to vote.

If you have questions, please email us through the website. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Scholarship Spotlight

Erkan Bertram

2014 Kim & Ruth MacCloskey RAMI Music Scholarship

After accepting the RAMI award, I attended and graduated from Union College with a major in Biology and a minor in both Music and Economics. With my degree, I applied and was accepted into the University of Washington, Seattle campus where I am pursuing a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA). Thus far I have completed one of two years in the program. Additionally, I am currently interning with the Population Health department at HealthPoint which is a community health center. My project revolves around Transitions of Care and creating a program in which discharged patients from the hospital and emergency room are being provided adequate follow up care and are transitioned back into HealthPoint clinics. Read more.

RAMI Organization

The RAMI Organization was created for the purpose of awarding music scholarships to deserving young musicians, to provide financial assistance for the study of music to deserving young musicians, and to present and/or sponsor music education programs and events.

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 honor 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 RAMI Organization has awarded over $70,000 in scholarships and music education programs to over 50 students.

If you would like to become involved in helping us support our music scholarships, music education programs, and sponsored programs/events contact us at ramicommittee @

RAMI Events

33rd RAMI Awards Show


Tebala Event Center
Rockford, IL

Rockford Guitar Show


Tebala Event Center

2023 RAMI Awards

RAMI Round Two Nominations are open until 12/31/2023

Only RAMI members may nominate for these categories.

Our Sponsors

Support the RAMIs

All donations help support RAMI scholarships, music education programs, and RAMI sponsored events.

PO Box 4128, Rockford, IL 61110
ramicommittee @

Rockford Area Music Industry, Inc. is classified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the standards of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Therefore, any donations to the Rockford Area Music Industry, Inc. may be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.