2015 STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS MARKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY MILESTONE WITH NEW DATE AND LOCATION IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Telecast Taping Moves West to Las Vegas' Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015; Travel and Ticket Packages On Sale Beginning August 4th
CHICAGO, IL (July 24, 2014) -The biggest night in Gospel music, The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, is moving to a new venue and taping date in celebration of its 30th Anniversary milestone. The show's producer announced today that the telecast will be taped in front of a live audience at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with a new Spring production date, shifting from January to March 28, 2015.
"I am excited about moving The Stellar Awards to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in a bigger, more elegant venue," said Don Jackson, founder & executive producer of The Stellar Awards. "The 30th Anniversary of The Stellar Awards will mark the longest running Black awards show in television and we wanted to commemorate this historic occasion in a first class venue that we know our Gospel music stars and guests will enjoy."
"Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, and we are excited to welcome The Stellar Awards to our great city," said Oscar B. Goodman, former mayor and now the Chairman of the Las Vegas Host Committee. "As the official ambassador of Las Vegas, I look forward to welcoming The Stellar Awards and showing them how much we appreciate them choosing our destination."
"We are honored to welcome The Stellar Awards to The Orleans, and we look forward to hosting thousands of gospel music fans from across the country," said Tony Taeubel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Orleans Hotel & Casino. "The Orleans has significant experience hosting nationally televised award shows including the Academy of Country Music Fan Jam and the Soul Train Awards. We're thrilled that they have chosen the Orleans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Stellar Awards."
Annually the Stellar Awards recognizes the accomplishments of Gospel music icons and individuals instrumental in advocating for Gospel music. The show will air in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country during the Easter holiday season from April 5 - May 3, 2015.
Artist submissions for Stellar Awards consideration will be accepted from September 1 - September 30, 2014. Per changes to last year's eligibility criteria, projects qualified for consideration this year must have a release date between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Additional rules, regulations and the online submission form will be posted at www.thestellarawards.com.
The show is open to the public, with hotel and ticket packages on sale beginning August 4, 2014. Package prices range from $600-$1000 per person and include premium or deluxe accommodations as well as priority seating at the live taping and ancillary events. To purchase your package, call 1-800-675-3267 between the hours of 7:00AM - 11:00PM (PST) seven days a week and mention The Stellar Awards to receive this special pricing. Individual show tickets for SAGMA members will go on sale August 15, 2014 and general public show tickets will go on sale August 29, 2014. Show ticket prices range from $50-$200.
Prior to the Stellar Awards taping, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 to announce winners of the non-televised awards categories. Additionally, The Stellar Awards Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held the morning of March 28 to honor the top radio stations serving urban Gospel music audiences. Tickets for each event are $30.00. Individual tickets for SAGMA members will go on sale August 15, 2014. SAGMA members may purchase two (2) tickets at the 15% discount. General Public tickets go on sale August 29, 2014 and can be purchased at orleansarena.com or by calling 888-234-2334.
"We are also pleased that the Orleans Arena complex will provide our guests with a one stop destination to attend all of the new and exciting events taking place for our 30th Anniversary production," says Jackson.
For additional details, visit the Stellar Awards website (www.thestellarawards.com). To join the conversation on social media and receive up-to-the minute updates on this year's show, "Like" The Stellar Awards on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/StellarAwards) and follow the Stellars on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheStellars).
ABOUT CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS (CCP)
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson and Produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original targeted programming to television and cable networks. CCP's award-winning television programs include the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the Trumpet Awards, The Black College Quiz Show Series, Hispanic College Quiz, Our World with Black Enterprise and The Black Enterprise Business Report, among many others. For more information, please visit www.ccptv.com.
ABOUT THE ORLEANS ARENA
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation's leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. In addition, the Orleans Arena is one of only a handful of arenas in the United States to achieve LEED Gold Certification and is part of the largest company in Nevada to achieve SHARP Certification for commitments to safe venue operations. According to Venues Today magazine, the Orleans Arena, which hosts more than 200 events each year, consistently ranks in the Top 10 for ticket sales in the United States and internationally among venues of similar size. These events include nationally touring concerts, NCAA basketball conference tournaments, family shows, motorsports and other unique events. For more information, call 702-365-7469 or visit www.OrleansArena.com. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena).
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