Nomination Criteria

Kansas Music Hall of Fame Nomination Criteria

The nominee must have lived in the state of Kansas or the greater KC metro area while performing 20 or more years ago and substantially contributed to the music scene either locally or statewide. Just being born in the state or the KC metro area does not constitute a possible nomination. A good example of this is Joe Walsh, who was born in Wichita, KS., but did not play guitar until he had moved from the state of Kansas. Although the KSMHoF would love to have Joe Walsh as an inductee, he does not qualify as living and performing in the state or the KC metro area at the same time. Also, we do not accept someone who lives across the border in a neighboring state like Oklahoma but played regularly in the state of Kansas. There have been examples of players in specific bands who have lived across the border in another state yet played in a Kansas band who have been inducted, and that would be because the nucleus of the band, or the home base of the band itself, was in the state of Kansas. Finally, it is perfectly acceptable for the performer or band to have moved out of state at a later date to continue their career as long as their roots at one time or another were established here.

To Submit Nomination

Go to Select the Information menu and then the KSMHoF Nominations link. Read the information required and submit (preferably) a Word doc with the information. Once your nomination is submitted, we will compile a list of potential nominees. After October 1st, nominations are closed and the KSMHoF board of directors will choose nominee candidates. These nominees will be voted on by members and past inductees and considered for induction by the board. The eballot will be released to all paid-up members and inductees by first week of October. Voting will proceed through the summer until midnight to the first Saturday in December. The induction ceremony is first Saturday in May. Performing is not mandatory in order to become an inductee. As a matter of fact, there are many inducted who either can’t perform due to loss of members or will not perform due to other reasons.


Becoming a member of the Kansas Music Hall of Fame increases the odds even further for possible nomination. In the past, we have seen some musicians inducted without ever being a nominee. This happened because the act campaigned and unified their family, friends, and fans to become members and exercise the “WRITE-IN VOTE” when voting. Yes, we allow our members to vote and to have a say in who actually is awarded induction into the KSMHoF. All paid up members and past inductees have the right to vote in each year’s elections and the voters will dictate the outcome, so if you have the right number of voters on your side, the results might affect the outcome. We use the “WRITE-IN VOTE” as a tool each year to see who will advance to the next year’s nominee list, as each year those who are inducted will fall off the nominee list. So with enough backing and campaigning, one could either land an induction or an advance to the following year’s nominee list. We accept memberships all throughout the year, so take the time to round up your masses to support the person or band you want to go on to the next level and move toward induction. Remember, it takes votes to actually become an inductee. If a nominee is truly someone who is deserving and qualified for induction, there will be ample support for them. Please visit our website at to become a member. It is only $25.00, we have multiple payment gateways. Or send a check to:

Kansas Music Hall of Fame, Inc.,
P.O. Box 189
Beloit, KS 67420.

If you have questions email or call Dano at 785-569-1328.