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Americana Music Association's Honors and Award Show to be Televised

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Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The 10th annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Award Show at the Ryman Auditorium will be broadcast live Thursday October 13th on Nashville Public Television (NPT Channel 8) to the Middle Tennessee viewing area. Confirmed to attend include Jim Lauderdale, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Elizabeth Cook, Hayes Carll, The Secret Sisters, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Civil Wars and many more.

An edited version of the award show will be aired November 19, 2011 as a special episode of the new season of the highly-acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits, (check local listings for exact local day and time). "ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011" will reach approximately 98% of American TV households via PBS stations nationwide.

"It was time to bring the Americana Honors to another level," said Jed Hilly Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. "We could not have better partners in Nashville Public Television President and CEO Beth Curley for our Middle Tennessee premiere and Austin City Limits Executive Producer Terry Lickona to take this to a national audience."

The program, described by Emmylou Harris as "the shining star of Nashville and music everywhere," will be filmed by High Five Entertainment and co-produced by its President Martin Fischer along with Lickona, Courtney Gregg, Holly Lowman and Hilly.

The Honors and Award Show is the capstone event of the Americana Music Festival and Conference presented by Nissan that will take place October 12-15, 2011 in Nashville, TN. A limited number of tickets are available at ryman.com. For more information go to AmericanaMusic.org.

Now in its 12th year, this year's festival and conference presented by Nissan will take place October 12-15, 2011. 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 AmericanaMusic.org

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.

Austin City Limits (ACL) is a public television series that records and broadcasts original musical performances from exciting new talent and legendary artists of all genres. Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Landmark. In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. The show continues to air weekly on PBS stations nationwide and episodes are made available online. ACL is produced by KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by AMD, Budweiser, the Austin Convention Center Department and its newest supporter, Dell. Additi onal funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits. Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at AustinCityLimits.org.

Nashville Public Television is available free and over the air to nearly 2.4 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area, and is watched by more than 600,000 households every week. The mission of NPT is to provide, through the power of traditional television and interactive telecommunications, high quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve. For more information please visit www.wnpt.org.

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