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Look It Up - 'Americana Music' Now in Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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Merriam-WebsterNashville, TN -- Merriam-Webster announced today, as reported by the Associated Press, the inclusion of the musical definition of the word Americana to its Collegiate Dictionary. Americana joins Tweet, m-commerce and around 100 other words whose use is now widely recognized enough to be a part of today's lexicon. According to the dictionary's editors Americana's third definition is "a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country music".

Americana, as a musical term, has been under consideration longer than the 12 years the Americana Music Association has been in existence. Merriam-Webster's inclusion of the word is based on widespread general written use, longevity, and an easily discernible definition.

"I'm thrilled. It’s affirmation of what we have been saying for over a decade" said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. "To have an authority like Merriam Webster do the research and determine that our society recognizes the Americana genre is really great."

To read more from the Associated Press click here.

Meanwhile the 12th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference presented by Nissan, is slated for October 12-15 in Nashville. The conference offers seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery-recharging showcases each evening. The Honors and Awards Show will be held October 13th at the historic Ryman Auditorium. To purchase conference badges, award tickets, or festival wristbands visit

Each year, the Americana Music Association honors distinguished members of the music community with six member voted annual awards and with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Honors & Awards is attended by over 2000 artists, music loving fans and entertainment industry executives in one of America's musical shrines, the historic Ryman Auditorium. The event has been broadcast internationally via Sirius/XM Radio, BBC2, WSM and Voice of America. The Honors & Awards have featured many amazing moments over the years and 2011 promises to be the best ever. Confirmed to attend include Robert Plant, Gregg Allman, Emmylou Harris, Hayes Carll, Justin Townes Earle, The Civil Wars and many more. Tickets may be purchased by visiting
The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music and to promote public awareness of the genre to support the creative and economic viability of professionals in this field. Dedicated to building and promoting the Americana genre and the individuals who participate in that industry, the Americana Music Association works closely with artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, festivals, agents, publishers and more to help organize and build the infrastructure necessary for the Americana genre to achieve success both creatively and financially.

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