The annual Thomas Edison Capital Region Music Awards – aka the Eddies – were founded in 2018 by Jim Murphy and Sal Prizio. The first Eddies Music Awards show was staged at Proctors in Schenectady in April 2019. The Eddies Hall of Fame was announced at the same time.

The only purpose of the Eddies Music Awards Show and the Eddies Hall of Fame is to shine a light on the incredible talent of the local music scene – past and present. Hundreds of individuals, groups and companies working in the artistic, technical, managerial, media and support areas of the Capital Region music industry are nominated every year.

The Awards Show and the Hall of Fame are both parts of the Proctors Collaborative. The Hall of Fame is a physical space at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, also part of the Proctors Collaborative, where plaques and videos about each recipient are displayed. A Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held each year at UPH with musical performances celebrating the nominees.

Prior to the inaugural Eddies Music Awards ceremony, Murphy and Prizio stage two Capital Records Live! events at Proctors featuring a number of local acts. Those concerts informed the decision to stage the Eddies. Murphy and Prizio were co-producers of both the HOF and Eddies Music Awards celebrations through 2021 and Murphy is now producer.