Tuesday, August 24, 2021
– The Americana Music Association is requiring those attending its AmericanaFest next month to be either vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID test.
The AmericanaFest is the leading Americana music conference and festival in the U.S. and will be held in Nashville Sept. 22-25.
"The safety of our community including attendees, artists, speakers, partners, volunteers and staff for AMERICANAFEST 2021 and the Americana Honors & Awards is our top priority," the AMA said in a press release.
Proof of full vaccination, with final dose at least 14 days prior to Sept. 22, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours must be presented to enter any official AMERICANAFEST-produced event, according to the guidelines.
Based on the latest recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the AMA "encourage all attendees to wear masks in indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status."
This policy is in alignment with the recently announced policy from the Music Venue Alliance of Nashville, which includes the festival's independent music venues, according to the release.
"We kindly ask that you not attend AMERICANAFEST this year if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your party:
Within 14 days before attending AMERICANAFEST you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Within 14 days prior to attending AMERICANAFEST you have traveled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.
"This policy may change as we approach our event due to federal, state and local guidelines. We thank you in advance for helping us in protecting yourself and the rest of our community."