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The Deli's Year End Polls - How They Work
     
 
 
THE BEST EMERGING INDIE ARTISTS IN 12 US SCENES

Every magazine and website has its own "Year End Best" list, but no other publication has Year End Polls like The Deli's ones, focused on emerging indie artists in the 12 US scenes covered by our publication, and involving a competent jury comprised of local music industry pros who deal with up and coming bands on a daily basis, including:

- venue booking agents,
- music bloggers,
- music journalists
- radio personnel
- record store staff etc.
 
Read the names of the previous winners on the right column and you'll realize that the poll system we put in place is very efficient in highlighting quality acts.
 
THE POLLS' GOAL
The goal of the poll is to involve local scenemakers (the jury), local music fans (the readers) and Deli writers in choosing the best emerging artists of the previous calendar year from each scene covered by The Deli. 

TWO WINNERS: COMBINED CHART AND READERS' POLL
At the end of the process there will be 2 charts: the more comprehensive one (called Combined Chart) includes votes from Jury, Deli Writers and Readers and elects the local scene's Best Emerging Artists of The Year. The other one (including only the readers' votes) elects The Deli's Readers Best emerging local Artists of the Year. 
 
ELIGIBILITY
Only emerging, original local bands who aren't or weren't signed to a major or big independent label can compete. Also, no Jazz, Classical or New Age artists, and no cover bands. This year we'll also put a limit to the number of Facebook friends: 10k. 
The two other requisites are:
1. The artist must have recordings of their original music available online.
2. The artist must have performed live at least once in 2012.


STAGE 1: NOMINATIONS
Most bands that will end up in our "Year End Best of List" will be chosen by our jurors. However, while we wait for the jurors to reply to our vote request, we'll have a submission process open to all local artists. The bands interested in participating will be simply asked to submit through a form that will also subscribe them to The Deli and add them to our charts. The Deli's editors will listen to all submissions and choose a minimum of 3 artists per scene from this pool of artists.

- Jury Nominated (and Voted) Artists
Jurors are asked to nominate and vote for their favorite bands at once, casting a vote for 3 bands of their choosing each: they'll assign 3 points to the 1st (best band), 2 points to the 2nd band, 1 point to the 3rd. Artists that will get chosen by more than one juror will also get an extra half point.

STAGE 2a: WRITERS' OVERALL VOTES
The Deli's writers will have 3 extra votes each which can only be assigned to artists that were already nominated through the jury and open submission process. Each Deli writer's vote counts 1 point. Attention: some branches of The Deli don't have any writers besides the editor (who has a juror vote), and therefore won't have a writers' vote.

STAGE 2b: READERS' VOTES
In early January, after all the votes from the jurors are in, all the nominees will undergo a popular vote, which will last for about 10-14 days. For this poll we will use our usual monthly poll system. The artist/band that gets the most votes from the readers' poll will get 2 points, then 1.5 for second place, 1 for third place, 0.75 for 4th and 0.5 for 5th. From the 6th place on, single readers' votes will also be counted as 0.001 points each (which means that 1,000 readers' votes equals 1 point, and, for example, 87 readers' votes equals 0.087 points).

***STAGES 2a and 2b happen at the same time***

STAGE 3: VOTE COUNTING
At the end of the voting process, the number of votes from the readers and the ones from the writers will be added to the votes from the Jury and the two charts will be compiled.

The Deli's Staff
www.thedelimagazine.com

 
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PREVIOUS YEARS POLL WINNERS

2013

NYC: 
Foxygen
Los Angeles: 
Zig Zags
Chicago: 
Deadbeat
San Francisco:
Drms
Austin:
Whiskey Shivers
DC Area
Shark Week
Nashville:
Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes
Philadelphia: 
Norwegian Arms
New England: 
Guerilla Toss
Portland: 
1939 Ensemble

2012

NYC: 
Caveman
Los Angeles: 
Fidlar
Chicago: 
Mutts
San Francisco:
Geographer
Austin:
Equals
DC Area
Deleted Scenes
Nashville:
Tristen
Philadelphia: 
Creepoid
New England: 
The New Highway Hymnal
Portland: 
Lost Lander

2011

NYC:
Twin Shadow
Los Angeles:
Baths
Chicago: 
Young Man
San Francisco:
Weekend
Austin:
Quiet Company
DC Area
Deleted Scenes
Nashville:
Pujol
Philadelphia: 
Sun Airway
New England: 
Walter Sickert
Portland: 
And And And

2010

NYC:
Talk Normal
Los Angeles:
Local Natives
Chicago: 
I Fight Dragons
San Francisco:
Girls
Austin: 
Stereo is a Lie
Nashville:
Those Darlins
Philadelphia: 
Reading Rainbow
New England: 
Mean Creek
Portland: 
Explode into Colors

2009

NYC:
Chairlift

Los Angeles:
The Henry Clay People
Chicago:
Kid Sister
San Francisco:
Maus Haus
Nashville:
The Protomen
Philadelphia:
Drink Up Buttercup