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Covid-19 forces cancellation of Native American Music Awards

The Native American Music Awards was scheduled to celebrate its 20th anniversary show in November, but the event has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As almost all entertainment events have been cancelled or postponed for the remainder of 2020, the same applies to us,” the Native American Music Awards & Association explained to members in an Aug. 6 email and on social media postings.

The awards have been cancelled for 2020. (Logo courtesy NAMA)

“Given the amount of time, preparation, travel and pre-production work that is required to present our annual awards program, coupled by our industry’s uncertainty, we unfortunately must cancel our 20th Annual Awards Show which was originally planned for November 2020. Our host, Seneca Niagara Casino Entertainment, has also informed us that they are not rescheduling their events for the remainder of 2020. Despite our best efforts to reopen here in New York, we must also suspend our Music Awards Submission process until further notice.”

The association stated it is a volunteer organization and does not qualify for emergency funding, such as the Paycheck Protection Program.

“However, we will continue to rely on the support of our members and sponsors for our upcoming programs. We thank Facebook for their recent grant to ensure our efforts on their platform,” the association said.