Nominations for 2021 Awards are Open
Vice-Chairman Tedde Gibson is seeking nominations for the various awards that are presented each year at the annual convention, which will be held virtually this year. Here is the information regarding the various awards, and how to nominate members for them:
NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS ARE OPEN
Greetings! As your vice chairman and chair of the awards committee, it is my pleasure to begin working on this year’s list of awardees. Anyone wanting to make a nomination should send that candidate’s nomination to t.gibson [at] atos.org as soon as possible so their name can be considered. The categories are:
• HALL OF FAME
This is the American Theatre Organ Society’s highest award! It is presented to someone who has devoted a lifetime to the cause of ATOS, usually having won different awards
previously. This award is reserved for those who have made MAJOR contributions (money or otherwise) over an extended period of time.
• ORGANIST OF THE YEAR
This is presented to a prominent organist who was active in the previous year and who deserved to be recognized but has never won this award.
• HONORARY MEMBER
This award also goes to someone who has contributed to the cause of ATOS or the theatre organ in a big way. It conveys honorary (free) membership for life, and hence, this award may be presented to someone who is not a member of ATOS, although it can also go to an ATOS member.
• MEMBER OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes someone who has done something significant in the past year.
• AWARDS OF SPECIAL MERIT
This is a catch-all category, and sometimes several (or none) can be given out in one year. If someone has done some special thing at the local or national level, i.e. such as restoring an organ, or otherwise contributed to our cause, they could receive this award.
• INDUSTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award is reserved for someone who has made a contribution to the theatre organ or ATOS through their business.
The nominations must come from you, our members! As there are so many people doing wonderful things to support the theatre organ and ATOS, we need your help! Please email your nominations (please include their name, category, and reason for nomination) to t.gibson [at] atos.org. The awards committee will then decide the winners, who will receive their award at the ATOS Annual General Membership Meeting (Virtual) later this year.
Deadline for nominations is April 15, 2021.
Thank you in advance for your work!