Each year, New Times honors the gems of our artistic community with the Big Brain Awards, giving cash prizes to emerging creatives.

For the first time, this year we’ve created a category for Music – designed to recognize creative types devoted to making Phoenix sound better.

Starting now, we are accepting online nominations for Valley residents who deserve to win $500 in one of the following categories: music, visual art, performing art, design and culinary art.

Finalists will be announced on Jackalope Ranch and profiled in the paper. Winners will be announced Saturday, May 9 at New Times’ Artopia — an evening of food, drinks, art, and music. Now it’s your turn. Got any gems to introduce?