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AmericanaFest 2020 Changes Announced

Different AmericanaFest Approach 2020

Scott Mulvahill and band AmericanaFest 2019 – Photo: LTTL

Major Changes Revealed

AmericanaFest 2020

It was to be the linchpin for our GrassRoots Music Tour this year, with some of us travelling from Australia to Nashville for the seventh consecutive year. Then you-know-what-pandemic happened meaning international travel remains only a passing dream for the rest of 2020.

Today the Americana Music Association (AMA), the organisers of the Americana Music Festival and Conference, announced some major changes to take place in 2020. The Festival was due to take place 15 to 20 September.

The Americana Music Association Foundation

This week the AMA announced the creation of the Americana Music Association Foundation (AMAF), an educational and charitable organization which will preserve and educate the American roots music heritage – blues, bluegrass, country, folk, rock and gospel.

The AMAF inaugural Board of Directors includes: Lori Badgett, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Brandi Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens, Garth Fundis, Dennis Lord (Chair), JD May (Vice Chair), Mark Moffatt, Jonathan Taplin and Kurt Vitolo.

The Foundation will be the focal point for a new festival experience this year in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Americana Honors and Awards

This year’s Americana Honors & Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium will be proceeding as a ticketed event (presumably streaming only) on September 16. This year’s nominees will be revealed on June 15. 

Refunds Etc

If you have purchased an event pass or applied to showcase, refund policy options will be announced June 18.

2021 Dates

AmericanaFest will be returning to Nashville as a live event on September 21-26, 2021

More Info

To be available June 18.

AmericanaFest 2019

Read our take on last year’s bash.

Americana Music Association

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Other USA Festivals

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Sean Ardoin – AmericanaFest 2019 – Photo: LTTL

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Different AmericanaFest Approach 2020

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