The 14th Annual Native American Music Awards, originally scheduled to take place November 30, 2012, will have to wait.
According to a press release sent out by the Seneca Niagra Casino & Hotel, the event's organizers' home fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. Ellen Bello, president and founder of the Native American Music Association, said she is "deeply touched by the outpouring of support and love from our artist community." "Mother Earth has presented us with an extremely challenging time for me and my family as well as many other coastal communities throughout New York and New Jersey," she continued, according to the release. "But we will rebuild and prevail."
The new date for the awards show is May 10, 2013, and it will take place at the same venue as originally planned, the Seneca Niagara Events Center.
Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored, or refunded at their original point-of-purchase location; additionally, tickets for the new date are on sale now. For more information, visit SenecaNiagaraCasino.com.
The following important message regarding voting has been posted to the official site for the Native American Music Awards:
Because all of this years submissions had not been uploaded to the voting site at the time of the storm, we will be resetting all votes to zero. Once all submissions have been uploaded we will restart the voting period to give all artists a fair and equal opportunity to have their music heard and voted for. As soon as all music is online we will announce the new voting period. NAMA would like to thank everyone for their concern, compassion, and paitence during this time.