A new awards program is coming to the Biggest Little City. Designed to recognize Reno area performing artists, the FORTE Awards is looking for musicians and other performing artists to register starting April 2, 2015.
WHAT ARE THE FORTE AWARDS?
According to executive director, Bill Woody, “It’s an awards show for the performing arts. Music, theater, comedy, magic and dance. If you are a performing artist, this is your chance to be recognized within our community and for the public to really show their appreciation the night of the awards show.” FORTE stands for Fans of Reno Tahoe Entertainment.
WHY DO WE NEED THE FORTE AWARDS?
We have a wealth of local performing arts talent in northern Nevada and the eastern Sierra region and the majority of residents are not fully aware of its depth and breadth. By creating a glamorous evening of celebration, we will celebrate the unique nature of our communities and elevate that awareness as we recognize lifetimes of dedication and sacrifice. That … and the charitable fundraising for three local non-profits; the Nevada Humane Society, the Veteran’s Resource Center and the Northern Nevada Food Bank.
Woody said, “There is a goldmine of talent here, and having one night per year when everyone can feel like a star is something that needs to be done in a big way.”
WHAT IS THE PROCESS AND THE TIME LINE FOR THE FORTE’ AWARDS?
The FORTE’ Awards artist candidate registration period is 3 months long and begins on April 2, 2016 at www.forteawardscom. During this time, submissions, all via the website, will be vetted for completeness as described on the website and reviewed for nomination by panels of local professionals from each discipline with the aid of proprietary submission management software. Woody cautions, “It’s critical to go to the website first, make sure you understand exactly what’s needed, pull all those materials together and then submit. Be sure to read the submission requirements and have all of the required materials ready to go before you begin.” Registration ends on June 30. 2016.
On August 8st, 2016, the nominees in each of the dozens of categories will be announced and public voting for the nominees begins at the Forte’ Awards website.
The Forte’ Awards will be announced and celebrated in glamorous fashion on the night of Thursday, November 3rd 2016. Woody is enthusiastic.
“It will be a glamorous evening where fashion and schmoozing will be a big part of the fun. A Red Carpet, Paparazzi Wall, live entertainment and an over-the-top VIP Party are part of the evening’s festivities. Our success will depend on our performing arts community sharing the FORTE’ Awards details and getting registered as candidates for nominations.”
Registrants receive a ticket for the show with registration. Its high time we showed the best of our local performing artists how much they mean to us.