Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… The First Annual Forte’ Awards is about to launch.
Since it is only just now going public you might not know what this is all about, so let me get you up to speed. Briefly put, the Forte Awards is a celebration of the Reno / Tahoe areas performing artists in music, theater, comedy and dance. If you are part of this talented circle of gifted performers…
“Are you ready to be recognized?”
The Forte Awards will culminate with a ceremony in November. It will be a full on Academy Awards / Grammy style event complete with paparazzi wall, velvet ropes, media interviews, and much more. The ceremony is being planned for the grandest theater of them all, right here in Reno. The Forte’ Awards organization is waiting for some details to be finalized before the location can be officially announced. Nominee’s will be treated with the much earned respect deserved and will be identified by custom made back stage laminates identifying them as nominees. They will be treated as celebrities as they walk the red carpet into the theater.
The full resources of this really grand location will be utilized for the ceremony including giant screens above the stage to display nominee’s images and category information, plus the lighting and sound systems. The entire event will be recorded by multiple cameras for eventual production on DVD. The video production team will consist of 8 cameras, some of which will be moving around the theater.
There will be a celebrity Master of Ceremonies to handle the evening’s program. Many local and regional celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, media, and politics will act as award presenters. Forte Award recipients will be brought to the stage to accept their awards and speak to the audience while their pictures are displayed on the screens over the stage. As with all celebrations of this caliber there will also be entertainment during the show.
The First Annual Forte Awards is also a charity event for the benefit of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the Nevada Humane Society and the Veterans Resource Centers of America.
In the beginning…
There are forty five categories to register for. Artists can register as individuals, or as a band, and they can also register for more than one category. Registrants will submit requested information including photographs, videos, and audio uploads, and various links to more content that is available (not everybody will have everything suggested, and that’s fine).
All performing artists in the Reno / Tahoe area are encouraged to register for one or more of the 45 award categories listed on the Forte’ website. Information submitted by all registrants will then be vetted by local area experts in the various fields of entertainment to choose the most worthy candidates to move up the ladder and become the 2016 Forte’ Awards Nominees.
When the nominations have been decided upon and announced, the voting will begin. From here on it will be up to the public to pick who they want to become the Forte’ Award Recipients. All nominees should campaign for themselves and get their friends, family, and fans to vote for them on the Forte’ Awards website. Work it right, and you’ll take home a Forte’ Award.
To aid the public in deciding who they want to vote for, the Forte Awards site will post a nominee selected link to their website, Facebook page or other preferred link. The link can contain performance schedules as well as videos and songs. This exposure will be a valuable tool for getting people to your gigs, earning votes, and making new long lasting fans.
A special thank you to Reno’s Lotus Radio affiliates (KOZZ – 105.7FM, KDOT – 104.5FM, KUUB – 94.5) and staff for their support and involvement in this event with on line postings, on air interviews, marketing assistance, and active involvement in the process.
Also, currently in the planning phase are two promotional partnerships. One is the presence of the Forte’ Awards at the non-profit group 39 North’s Thursday Night Marketplace. The plan being developed is to brand their stage outside of the Great Basin Brewery and the Victorian Amphitheater with the Forte’ Awards logo and feature local artist registrants on those stages every Thursday. For Artown, Forte’ Awards is working on a presence at the Friday night Rollin’ On The River free concerts at Wingfield Amphitheater with a booth and banner to bring awareness to the event and the nominees.
What’s your Forte’?
To visit the Forte’ website, click here.
Check out Forte’s video promo, click here.