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AmericanaFestRegister now for the 13th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference! Dates are set for September 12th – September 15th 2012 in Nashville, TN. Follow us on twitter or like us on Facebook and be part of what the NY Times calls "the coolest music scene today." Described by Southern Living Magazine as Nashville's "Best Music Festival," the Americana Music Association is offering, for a limited time, a SUPER early bird registration rate, available at $250 for AMA members and $350 for non-members. Offer Expires January 31st!

Each year, the Americana Music Festival & Conference features over 100 artists, bringing together legends and the next generation of rising stars for four days of music and education. Artists like Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, The Civil Wars and more have graced the Americana Festival stages, making it both the critics' darling and place where artists want to be. ( click here to see what they are saying)

The event brings together thousands of fans and music business professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. Nearly 50 panels and daytime events feature some of the industries brightest minds in one of the nation's most comprehensive and diverse music conferences. With planning already underway, the 2012 Americana Music Festival & Conference promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone with a passion for music.

Registration includes access to all daytime conference activities, all evening festival showcases, and one ticket to the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards Show at the historic Ryman Auditorium. For more information and updates from the Americana Music Association, visit www.AmericanaMusic.org, Facebook, and @americanafest on twitter.

The 13th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference is proud to return to the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, 623 Union Street, Nashville, TN (tel 615-259-2000). The Sheraton is offering a special rate of $169 per night for single or double occupancy. To take advantage of this great rate, click here.

The Americana Music Association has chosen September 12-15, 2012 for their annual Festival & Conference, which will take place once again in Nashville, Tennessee. The announcement comes on the heels of the not for profit music association's most successful and critically acclaimed event ever. The Americana Honors & Awards show is, according to the Wall Street Journal, "a night in which singers who can sing, players who can play, and writers who can write came together to acknowledge their debt to great, unfettered American music and renew their pledge to take it forward with honesty and integrity."

Fueled by musical legends, the next generation of stars and music industry heavyweights, the 2011 Americana Music Association Festival and Conference, presented by Nissan, saw over 10,000 fans, over 300 performing artists and more than 1,000 music industry professionals, all of whom participated in the unparalleled four day celebration of American Roots inspired music.

The most significant increase in attendance took place at the conference portion of this year’s event, where industry professionals and artists gathered for a series of educational workshops and seminars. Peaking at over 1,130 attendees, a 25% gain over last year, registration for the conference has now increased by a staggering 35% since 2009. The 2011 Festival & Conference also stimulated a boost in new AMA memberships, with a 13% increase in members in the last 12 months. Membership now stands at 1356.

The Americana daytime conference, located primarily at the Nashville Downtown Sheraton Hotel, featured 47 unique events divided into educational panels, workshops and musical presentations. The conference expanded it's outreach into the Nashville community partnering with the Country Music Hall and Fame Museum, Musician's Corner, the Tinney Contemporary Gallery, the Southern Festival of Books, the Hard Rock Cafe and the Second Fiddle.

Highlights of this year's event included the Keynote Address from Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, an Americana curated-lineup with Nanci Griffith headlined at Musicians Corner in Centennial Park, a gallery exhibit and performance by Steve Forbert, and a stacked panel discussion titled "Land of 1000 Dances: The Groundbreaking Sounds of Muscle Shoals," featuring pioneering producers, songwriters and musicians who contributed to the acclaimed recordings birthed there.

By evening, the Festival portion of the annual event showcased nearly 100 of Americana's best acts, including a diverse mix of both legends and the next generation of stars. Attendance increased proportionately with thousands of fans and conference attendees packing houses at all five participating venues through the purchase of festival wristbands or limited general admission purchases.

"This year's event reflects the growing national and international popularity of the Americana genre," says Americana Executive Director Jed Hilly. "That artists like Gregg Allman, Robert Plant and Lucinda Williams along with industry leaders like Neil Portnow, Rich Bengloff and Michael Huppe have flown to Nashville to be a part of our community is a huge honor." Hilly added, "What’s really exciting is the attendance of the genre's next generation at both the festival and conference portions of our event – from the Avett Brothers to Jessica Lea Mayfield and the Civil Wars, and the hundreds of other new artists and younger fans eager to understand the new music landscape and experience great live music. The Americana future is bright."

Following the enormous success of Americanfest 2011, the association will conduct its annual Board of Directors elections and will focus on increasing its already broad appeal nationally and internationally in 2012.

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. To learn more or become a member, please visit americanamusic.org

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