Annual Schedule


NextGeM is an acronym for ‘Next Generation Mi-Artist’, where Mi-Artist is also coined from the words ‘Minister’ and ‘Artist’ to define what the VIGA Academy perceives as a Christian artist; it is a talent search execution aimed at identifying, grooming and promoting talents from raw form to the professional recording and performing stage. All contestants get training on some basic music skills and gain deeper understanding on how to apply Christian music as ministry & business within the church and the marketplace.


Nominations Bash 

This is the official event at which the season’s nominees are unveiled and thereafter subjected to public voting. Every Nominee receives a certificate of Nomination. The Bash showcases live performances by selected artists from the NextGeM.


Nominees & Sponsors Ball

This is the event where the Nominees receive their nomination certificates and the sponsors officially unveiled. It offers a special photo opportunity for all nominees and other stakeholders to be carried in the VIGA Awards Souvenir Magazine which also highlights selected artists profiles, achievements, major industry stories of the year and sponsors’ messages. 


Awards Gala

This is a Red-Carpet fiesta, the climax of the annual VIGA season where the winners receive their accolades. It is the biggest Christian music celebration and is broadcasted live on TV and social media, featuring performances from selected local artists and may feature international guest artist(s).  

  • Day’s Program

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Red Carpet

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Settling in the hall, VIGA Profile & Highlights on the Screen

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm: Opening Remarks (MC), Prayer & Anthems 

5:00 pm – 5:40 pm: *Arts Ministry/Performances

5:40 pm – 6:10 pm: 12 Awards

6:10 pm – 6:25 pm: *Arts Ministry/Performances

6:25 pm – 6:55 pm: 12 Awards

6:55 pm – 7:10 pm: *Arts Ministry/Performances

7:10 pm – 7:40 pm: Speeches & 12 Awards

7:40 pm – 8:00 pm: *Arts Ministry/Performances (Praise & worship) 

8:00 pm – 8:40 pm: Speeches & Awards

8:40 pm – 9:00 pm: *Closing Arts Ministry/Performance (Guest)


Winners Bash & Regional Tours 

These are post awards celebration concerts across the country and in the EA region where respective winners present their songs to the public. VIGA also has regular events that avail ministry and/or performance platforms for our winners search as the Jehovah Canival at Theatre Labonita every first Friday of the month and Praise Bonanza at the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) every last Wednesday of the month. 



  • Joyous Celebration @ Theatre Labonita every first Friday of the month
  • Praise Bonanza @ National Theatre


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