Thursday, June 11, 2020
– The AMERICANAFEST will be canceled this September, another victim of COVID-19, the Americana Music Association announced today.
However, the AMA will hold its annual awards show from the Ryman on Sept. 16 with nominees announced this coming Monday, June 15.
The organization also teased special events coming this fall in a press release.
The AMERICANAFEST, which had been slated for Sept. 15-20, will next be held Sept. 21-26 in Nashville. The long-running festival celebrates Americana music through concerts and panels.
"We've got some big updates to share with you. Through the new Americana Music Association Foundation, we're currently working on something incredibly exciting for our community to be able to come together safely and connect with one another this fall. This will be an engaging experience unlike any other that we can all be a part of over the course of three days, no matter where you may live in the world."
"We've decided to focus on bringing you this new experience in lieu of holding this year's AMERICANAFEST in wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic."
Exact details about the special events will be unveiled June 18.
Refund information for AMERICANAFEST will be available on June 18.
The AMA statement seemed to indicate that it expected people to be able to attend the honor and awards show in person. "Ticketing information will be announced at a later date. With that said, we want you to know that we're consistently monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and the health and wellbeing of our community is our utmost concern. We'll be sure to keep you updated as we approach the ceremony date."