Friday, September 11, 2020
– The Americana Music Association canceled plans today to hold the Americana Honors & Awards event at the Ryman in Nashville next Wednesday due to COVID-19.
Winners will be announced later this fall.
AMA Executive Director Jed Hilly said, "I trust you and your loved ones are well. I write today to inform you that despite all our hope, logistical wrangling and passion, we have concluded that it would not be safe to conduct the Americana Honors & Awards at the wonderful and historic Ryman Auditorium next Wednesday, September 16, 2020."
"We've carefully evaluated safety measures both with an audience and without. It is our conclusion that if just one person walked out of the Ryman with COVID-19, we would not be able to forgive ourselves. We are making new plans to celebrate the nominees and to proclaim the winners later this fall, and we hope to have details on that shortly with an official announcement date soon."
Hilly also cited the financial impact of COVID-19.
"Like so many others in the industry, the impact of COVID-19 has made things difficult for our annual fundraising efforts. Currently, the team in Nashville is focused on our Thriving Roots: A Virtual Community Music Conference (September 16-18) in hopes of bringing our tribe together online and to help to offset the huge losses we have suffered due to the pandemic and the cancellation of AMERICANAFEST 2020. We have also initiated a fundraising campaign to support our newly created Foundation."
Donations are now being accepted.