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02 Jan 10 Texas Music Awards Seeking Nominations

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MARSHALL, TX – Nominations are now open to the public in the process to decide who receives the coveted Texas Music Awards. Fans may enter their nominations at www.TexasMusicAwards.org
Earlier this year, The Academy of Texas Music, Inc. announced the Marshall Civic Center in Marshall as the location of the 8th annual Texas Music Awards to be held on Saturday, May 15th, 2010. The prestigious awards show, presented by Northeast Texas-based MyTexasMusic.com, the retail partner of the show’s production company, Payline Productions, presents awards to independent Texas performers in several categories.
The annual event also serves as a fundraiser for the Academy, a 501(c)3 public charity, which seeks sponsorships and donations to further its efforts toward music education programs, scholarships, recognition projects, and benevolence programs for musicians in need.
Kacey Musgraves and Robert Frith perform at the 2008 show.
Jinelle Boyd, Executive Director of the Academy, said the process of deciding the award recipients has now begun. “It gets a little fast-paced from now until the show,” she added. “With B.J. Thomas as our host, this promises to be the best event yet.”
Thomas, best known for hits like “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” and “Hooked On A Feeling,” was announced earlier this year as the 2010 host. He will bring his acclaimed band and perform a concert after the award presentations.
The show is facilitated with a strong group of volunteers. Boyd adds, “Nominees are treated like superstars by our volunteer staff during the event whether they are already known celebrities or virtually unknown performers. We couldn’t do this without our fantastic volunteers.”
Nominees, presenters, and other celebrities arrive in limousines to one of the most exciting red-carpet entrances in Texas, complete with an announcer and plenty of camera flash. The show’s producer, Lucky Boyd remarks, “It’s an exciting show, and there has been so much wonderful music released this year. The performances this year will be over-the-top.”
With ceremonious ado, the Texas Music Awards show gives music fans an opportunity to see performances by many of the nominees. Anticipation rises as the nominees are announced to a fanfare of their award-worthy music while graphics and photographs are displayed on large projection screens. Presenters, usually past award recipients, proclaim, “…and the award goes to…” as fans hold their breath awaiting the results. Thunderous applause erupts as the recipients are named in each category.
Awards are presented for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Duo or Group, Rising Star, Record, Song, Album, Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Producer, Broadcast Radio Station, Internet Radio Station, and Disc Jockey of the Year.
The Academy of Texas Music, Inc. sanctions musical award events based on fairness of the process, eligibility requirements, and commitment to the advancement of Texas performers. The TMAs are the only awards currently sanctioned by the Academy.
Nominations for the awards are open from January 1st to Jaunary 22nd. The public can make their suggestions for nominations online by visiting www.TexasMusicAwards.org. On February 1st, the five nominees in each category will be announced and fans can return to the TMA website to vote for their favorite nominee.
The Academy of Texas Music, Inc. Honoree Board is comprised of past award recipients and accounts for about 70% of the total votes tabulated. The remaining votes are received from the public voting process and from Academy members.
Sponsors are still being sought for the event, which will coincide with the Stagecoach Days festival this year. Sponsorships range from $100 to $25,000 and are the best way to get good seats for the show and concert. Proceeds from the show benefit the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. in an effort to fulfill it’s worthwhile mission.
Tickets will range from $20 to $100 and will go on sale in February. Fans who join the Academy as voting members will have an opportunity to purchase reserved seating tickets prior to them being available to the general public. Information about Academy membership is available online at www.academyoftexasmusic.org. More information about the show, past recipients, photos, tickets, volunteering and sponsorship opportunities can be obtained at www.TexasMusicAwards.org.

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