The Alternative Music Hall of Fame™ honors the legends of alternative music. Our commemorations include induction ceremony concerts and curated exhibitions that feature objects indicative of those that have made their mark in time. An official not for profit organization is in the process of being set up. Our mission is to build local market museums that honors the bands from the region that have made their mark. Alt Hall™ is working on it's first regional museum that will be in the Los Angeles, California area in partnership with a legendary venue. Details to be announced in early 2024.
Additionally, we donate musical instruments and lessons to youth looking to get into alternative music.
"Alternative music is music that hasn't yet achieved a mainstream audience, Alternative isn't new wave any more, it's a disposition of mind. Alternative music is any kind of music that has the potential to reach a wider audience. It also has real strength, real quality, real excitement, and it has to be socially significant, as opposed to Whitney Houston, which is pablum."
—Mark Josephson, Executive Director of the New Music Seminar speaking in 1988
In our context, “alternative” refers to alternative music played on alternative and college rock stations from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Alternative music sub genres include (but are not limited to): punk, post-punk, new wave, ska, mod, revival rockabilly, grunge, Britpop, indie rock, post-rock, hip hop, new romantic, and electronic synth.
Honorees must have 20 years of contribution to alternative music.
Selections are made by a committee of ten qualified alternative music industry experts, musicologists, promoters, journalists, band members, songwriters, alternative radio management, and disc jockeys.
Also, our members contribute to the induction voting process through surveys and questionnaires.
1: offering or expressing a choice, several alternative plans
2: different from the usual or conventional: such as a: existing or functioning outside the established cultural, social, or economic systeman alternative newspaper alternative lifestyles b: of, relating to, or being rock music that is regarded as an alternative to conventional rock and is typically influenced by punk rock, hard rock, hip-hop, or folk musican alternative band also : of, relating to, or being music of a genre other than rock that is similarly regarded as an alternative to the conventional music of that genre
Adjective: borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French alternatif "occurring by turns, alternating," borrowed from Medieval Latin alternātīvus, from Latin alternātus, past participle of alternāre "to ebb and flow, act in alternation, arrange in alternating order"
"Alternative has been a part of my life since being a long haired skate punk in the late 1970s in Southern California. I owe my initiation to Brian Eno, Mark and the Bobs for such great music. Never looked back. Alternative music needs it's own hall, our crowd we understand and relate to deserve the recognition for giving all of us so much thought provoking, creative, influential and mood inspiring music all these years."
—Kurt Christian, Producer, Founder of Alternative Music Hall of Fame
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