- By Native News Online Staff
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The Native American Music Awards & Association announced that this year’s awards that were scheduled for November have been canceled 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 organization said in a press release. “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.”
“Despite our best efforts to reopen here in New York, we must suspend our Music Awards Submission process until further notice,” the press release added.
The November awards would have been the 20th Annual Awards Show at the Seneca Niagara Casino, in Niagara, N.Y. The entertainment arm of the casino and resort says they are not rescheduling any events for the remainder of 2020.
Due to the pandemic, the association plans to offer virtual events and enhanced online activities in 2021.
“We look forward to remaining the world's leading resource for contemporary and traditional Native American music initiatives by promoting and sharing your creative contributions with a global audience,” the association said.
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