Tuesday, February 9, 2021
– The Americana Music Association said today it is hoping to bring back its annual AmericanaFest this year.
The festival, which includes numerous concerts, panels and an awards show, slated as usual for September. Last year's in-person event was canceled due to Covid.
The AMA board along with the AMA Foundation met to map out plans for this year.
While not specific, the group met last month to "plan and set in motion initiatives that focus on diversity and inclusion, development and education, as well as how to safely bring back AMERICANAFEST, the association's annual festival and conference, slated for September 2021 in Nashville."
"Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, both organizations have been active in supporting the music industry by publishing notices and supporting artist initiatives in the virtual world," the release said.
The AMA is looking "to expand our ongoing efforts to ensure artists and their teams feel welcome and safe in our community — this could be reflected in ways that include conference programming, keynotes, Q&As and partnerships. To that end, we are looking at creative ways and committees to research and address these initiatives at hand," said AMA spokesperson Bryan Ros. "We will be advising the community of the actions taken over the course of the year."
In April 2020, the foundation partnered with The Bluegrass Situation and Ed Helms to raise funds for MusiCares and Direct Relief, which provides PPE to healthcare workers on the frontline.
Last September, the Americana Music Association Foundation (AMAF) presented its first initiative in the form of Thriving Roots: A Virtual Community Music Conference which brought the Americana music community together through an online interactive platform. Almost1,100 attendees participated in more than 75 panels, conversations and events highlighting artists and the industry, including one-on-ones with The Avett Brothers and Judd Apatow; Jackson Browne and Mavis Staples; Brandi Carlile and Yola.
"2020 posed challenges for everyone, but the spirit of the Americana community rallied to help their fellow artists, and others, by way of Thriving Roots and other fundraising events. I continue to be inspired by the resilience of this community," said Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association and its foundation.
"Following such an impactful year, it's never been more critical for both of our boards to serve as faithful guides for our organizations with their unparalleled expertise. Each individual is a leader in their respective fields and based on the meetings we've already had this year, I can't wait to see what the future holds for us and our supportive community as we scale new heights."