Forte Awards Quotes

  • hillary

    I think it (The 2016 Forte Award ceremony) was great and it will be the event to be at in 2017 and for years to come.

    Reno mayor Hillary Scheive
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    Winning the Forte Award for Best Ballet dancer meant so much to me and my dance community.  It was truly an honor to represent my teachers and training in classical ballet.  As a dancer who started with a classical base and has since branched into many differing style, I felt like winning the Forte Award holistically honored my dance story and the other wonderful nominees as well. 

    Cordelia Leeder
  • christiana frank improv

    I am so grateful for the team behind the Forte Awards creating this fashionable community experience. It was an honor to win the 2016 award for best improv and be in a room filled with so many talents! Looking forward to next year and seeing some upcoming artists jump on board!

    Christiana Frank
  • zakotah

    It was an absolutely amazing night. Thank you so much to those responsible for the Forte Awards for giving recognition to those in the performing arts and contributing the profit to such a great cause.

    Zakotah Sevon
  • marla richardson

    Receiving the Forte Award for best Jazz/Tap dancer was a complete honor and even more praiseworthy was the gathering of community surrounding the performing arts in Northern Nevada to create recognition in what we do. Thank you!

    Marla Richardson
  • rocky

    It was a great honor winning the award and a thrill of a lifetime. I thank everyone who made the magical experience happen. Talk about being on cloud nine, WOW!!! Thanks to everyone who made the Forte Awards evening possible. Tons and tons of work, once again thank you, thank you............

    Rocky Tatarelli
  • tyler

    Great night to get dressed up and celebrate the arts in and around the area. Also, a great reason to raise some money for charity, looking forward to this year's award show!

    Tyler Stafford
  • RickMetz

    This area was soooo ready for this event. My band and I, First Take featuring Rick Metz, were very honored to have been the recipient of the inaugural award for “Best Jazz Group”. Looking forward to participating again this year!

    Rick Metz
  • gia

    Last year was so fun! I was honored to be nominated and to receive the 2016 Forte for Bass Guitarist.  I have had a long and lovely career in this town, and I appreciated the recognition. The show overall was fantastic, and it was wonderful to see so many talented artists all in one room. I hope that the Forte Awards are able to continue and that more artists become a part of this generous and glamorous event!

    Gia Torcaso
  • The-Run-Up-(formerly-CRUSH)

    The Forté awards ceremony was an amazing display of the deep talent active in our community, and an omen of that which is to come. The Run Up was honored to be awarded the Forte’ for Pop Group at the inaugural ceremony last year. The most exciting part was how surreal it was too see so many talented people form our hometown all in one room on one night!

    The Run Up (formerly CRUSH)
  • wyc

    W.Y.C was astounded to be nominated by a fan in the Blues band category for last year’s Forte’ Awards. OK, so we didn’t get the coveted recognition as the recipient, but it was a real thrill to be nominated and it has helped us build credibility as we build our fan base with those who love live music and those who book it! Fans are the best.

    Wabuska Yachting Club
  • Monique Jade

    It's not just an awards show. It's a way to recognize and celebrate each other. The talent and comradery in our performing arts community is truly amazing!

    Monique Jade


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The Forte Awards is proud to announce the date of the 2017 Forte Awards gala! Our red carpet night of celebration of excellence in local performing artists will again take place in the Grand Theater of the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno on Thursday November 2nd and tickets will go on sale in the near future…  

Help us make the 2017 Forte Awards even better by becoming a sponsor. Sponsorship packages for businesses are now available, designed to create benefit and partnerships that will serve our community as we move forward together. Support the performing arts and become a sponsor, or recommend an organization you know that supports the performing arts…

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor email Steve at

A Charity Event for the benefit of

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The Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s mission is to feed the hungry today and solve hunger for tomorrow through community partnerships.

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The Nevada Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, creating a no-kill community. Its mission is to promote animal welfare and to provide relief from and prevention of all animal suffering in Northern Nevada.

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The Veterans Resource Centers of America is dedicated to saving veteran’s lives; they do it well and they do it every day.


April 3rd

Registration Opens

Registration opens on April 3rd, 2017.


Click the button below to see the timeline of events.

  • April 3, 2017

    Registrations Open

  • July 17, 2017

    Registrations Closed

  • August 14, 2017

    Nominees Announced and Public Voting Begins

  • October 20, 2017

    Public Voting Ends

  • November 2, 2017

    Awards Show


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