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October 30th, 2017

News Release Article from NEONAGENCY

FORTE’ AWARDS 2ND ANNUAL EFFORT FOR NORTHERN NEVADA’S PERFORMING ARTS AND LOCAL NON-PROFITS A STAR-STUDDED EVENT

Steve Hytner of Sienfeld, Frank Hannon of Tesla (the band) & Reno Mayor TOP THE LIST OF CELEBRITY PRESENTERS AT THE 2017 GALA THIS THURSDAY NIGHT, NOV. 2

Reno NV, October 30 2017- The Fans Of Reno Tahoe Entertainers, or FORTE, announces the list of Celebrity Presenters who will bestow the best of local performing artist nominees the FORTE Award in 37 categories of Dance, Music, Theatre, Comedy & Magic. The complete list is attached. Logon to forteawards.com, for more details.

“Our first-year event was a smashing success for the community and year two is mirroring the trends we see in the growth and development of our local performing arts community”, says Steve Funk, Forte Awards communications chairperson. “I attribute the increases to better awareness, a vibrant community of artists creating and performing and some new ways the general public can support those artists via the FORTE website.”

Frank Hannon, lead guitarist for the rock band, Tesla, played small Reno clubs many times as a young artist is the band, City Kids, and became well known here before the Kids changed their name and became one of the biggest grossing rock bands of the 80, still touring today, in addition to his duties as a presenter, Frand will perform at the FORTE Awards with his own band and Special Guest, legendary local guitarist Greg Golden. The FORTE Awards Gala will feature performances from all 5 of the performing arts disciplines.

Internationally known Comedian, Steve Hytner, is a northern Nevada resident who has made his name in entertainment, including his appearances on the ‘Sienfeld’ show as Jerry’s sycophantic friend, the character ‘Kenny Bania’. Steve agreed to take part in this year’s award ceremony to help bring attention to the high quality of local entertainment in our region and to support the FORTE Awards give to local non-profits for pets, vets and hungry neighbors via The Veterans Resource Center in Reno, the Nevada Humane Society and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Another ‘First’ this year is the performance by the FORTE All-Star Orchestra, made up of the 2016 awardees in the Individual Music categories. They include Tyler Stafford (3 x award winning singer/songwriter), Monique Jade (2016 FORTE for Female Vocal), 2016 Muiti-Instrumentalist Alan Griffith, Guitarist Jason King Roxas,Drummer Tony Savage, Bassist Gia Torcaso and Rick Metz, sitting in on sax for Rocky Tatarelli who is unavailable for the event this year.

This annual event began in 2016 and salutes the works of northern Nevada talents in Music, Theater, Dance, Comedy & Magic at a gala event every November. The inaugural event drew more than 1200 attendees, and awarded Forte statuettes for excellence in 40 performing arts categories.

The event proved its popularity in the community via social media where metrics revealed that over 64,000 individual users engaged with the event online and drove over 611,000 page views on the website.

 

 

 

WHAT’S YOUR FORTE’?

Executive Director. Bill Woody. “It’s an awards show for the performing artists in music, theatre, comedy and dance. If you are a performing artist, this is your chance to be recognized within our community and, for the public to really show their appreciation the night of the awards show”. FORTE’ stands for Fans of Reno Tahoe Entertainers.

WHY DO WE NEED THE FORTE AWARDS?

We have a wealth of local talent on northern Nevada and it’s unfortunate that the majority of residents in our area really are not fully aware of its depth and breadth. By creating a glamorous evening of celebration, we are working to elevate that awareness and recognize the dedication and sacrifice of our talented musicians. comedians, actors and dancers (which by the way has not been done in recent memory), and highlight our region’s unique talent. That… and the charitable fundraising for three local non-profits; the Nevada Humane Society, the Veteran’s Outreach Center and the Northern Nevada Food Bank.

Woody says, “There is a goldmine of talent here, and having one night per year when everyone can feel like a star is something that needs to be done in a big way.”

WHAT IS THE PROCESS AND THE TIME LINE FOR THE FORTE’ AWARDS?

The FORTE’ Awards artist candidate registration period is 3 months long and begins on April 3, 2017 at forteawardscom. During this time, submissions, all via the website, will be vetted for completeness as described on the website and reviewed for nomination by panels of local professionals from each discipline with the aid of proprietary submission management software. Woody cautions that,” Its critical to go to the website first, make sure you understand exactly what’s needed, pull all those materials together and then submit. Be sure to read the submission requirements and have all of the materials you want to submit ready to go before you begin.” Eligible registrants will have lived and performed in the region (defined as Reno/Tahoe/Northern Nevada, from Tonopah north to the state line, and from the Pacific Rim Trail to the eastern border) and will be asked to submit works performed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

The Nominating committees spend the month of July reviewing and assessing all entries. On or about August 8st, 2017, the nominees in each of the dozens of categories will be announced and public voting for the nominees begins. Public voting and committee reviews are weighted to determine the final list of awardees.

The 2017 Forte Awards will be announced on the night of the gala at the Grand Theatre, Thursday November 2rd 2017, in the Grand Theater in Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort. Woody is enthusiastic. “It will be a grand evening where fashion and schmoozing will be a big part of the fun. A Red Carpet, Paparazzi Wall, live entertainment and VIP Party are part of the evening’s festivities. Our success will depend on our performing arts community sharing the FORTE’ Awards details and getting registered as candidates for nominations.” Its high time we showed the best of our local performing artists how much they mean to us.

Quick Facts

  • The FORTE’ Awards is a registered Nevada Benefit Corporation.
  • Proceeds from The FORTE’ Awards Show will benefit equally, the Nevada Humane Society, the Northern Nevada Food Bank and the Veteran’s Outreach Center.

Quotes

“Practice like you’ve never won. Perform like you have nothing to lose”

– Annonymous

Contacts

Bill Woody

Executive Director, The FORTE’ Awards 

O: (775) 355-9494 C: (360) 608-4099 email: wjwoody@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Steve Funk

Communications Chair, The FORTE’Awards

C: (775) 240-4871 email: stevef@thinkinneon.com

August 11th, 2017

News Release Article from NEONAGENCY

FORTE AWARDS FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS TO ANNOUNCE 2017 NOMINEES LIVE THIS MONDAY

(Reno, NV) The Fans Of Reno Tahoe Entertainers, or FORTE will announce the nominees for this year’s awards, live in the lobby of the Grand Theatre, on Monday, Aug 14th to set the stage for the upcoming Gala salute to our region’s finest Musicians, Dancers, Actors, Comedians and Magicians and to raise funds for pets, vets and hungry neighbors in Northern Nevada.

In 2016, FORTE awarded 40 deserving local performing artists during the gala event with 1200 fans in attendance in the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort and blew up social media with the results thanks to more than 64,000 individual locals who participating online. It was a black-tie & gowns night of celebration of what makes our region so unique with Local, Regional, National and International celebrities in attendance to recognize excellence in our local talent and raise money for local non-profits.

“The Forte Awards is an event that captures the heart and passion of our area’s wealth of talent and lets it all loose on this one night of glamour and excitement!” -Exec. Dir. Bill Woody

Reno Mayor, Hillary Scheive, in her remarks from the podium, called it “…an amazing inaugural event and I can tell you, this is the event to be at in 2017 and for years to come!”

Please join us for this 40 minute event and help us engage and celebrate that which makes our communities unique.

Monday, August 14th at 12:30pm

Grand Theatre of the Grand Sierra Resort

2500 E. 2nd St.. Reno

Park on the north side of the building for shortest route access to the Grand Theatre

Video, gifs and Forte logo Media Assets are available at www.forteawards.com/media/

Media Contact:
Steve Funk
(775) 240-4871

June 30th, 2017

News Release Article from NEONAGENCY

FORTE’AWARDS CALL FOR ARTISTS EXTENDED TO JULY 17TH, 2017

What: The Forte’ Awards for the Performing Arts 2017 has extended the deadline (June 30th) for artists, due to pressure from the performing arts community and to assist those artists whose submissions are nearing completion. Executive Director Billy Woody speaks for the executive board, saying, “our first priority is to include, not exclude, members of our performing arts community to gain the recognition they deserve for their efforts and sacrifices for their arts. To them I say, the window is open for two more weeks. We want to see and hear your best. Get it done and let’s get ready for the big gala ceremony on November 2nd”.

Who: The Forte Awards organization(FORTE stands for Fans Of Reno Tahoe Entertainers) finances the production of an annual ‘black tie’ gala in the Grand Theatre of the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino with the help of local businesses that support the arts.

Why: To recognize the unique contributions to our northern Nevada communities by artists performing in Music, Theater, Dance Comedy & magic and in doing so, raise money for three local non-profits who serve pets, vets and hungry neighbors, i.e. The Nevada Humane Society, The Veteran’s Resource Center of Reno and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Links to video and photo assets for media: https://forteawards.com/media/ 

March 27th, 2017

News Release Article from NEONAGENCY

NORTHERN NEVADA’S PERFORMINGS ARTS EXCELLENCE TO BE RECOGNIZED WITH 2ND ANNUAL FORTE AWARDS IN 2017

FORTE AWARDS CALL FOR PERFORMING ARTIST OPEN REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY APRIL 3RD AT FORTE AWARDS.COM

Reno NV, March 24, 2017- The Fans Of Reno Tahoe Entertainers, or FORTE, has announced that the Artist Registration phase of the 2017 Forte Awards for Performing Artists process will begin on Monday April 3rd at www.forteawards.com. The organizers encourage the local performing arts community to visit the website for complete details.

This annual event began in 2016 and salutes the works of northern Nevada talents in Music, Theater, Dance, Comedy & Magic in a gala event in November at the Grand Theatre in the Grand Sierra Resort.

The inaugural event drew more than 1200 attendees, and awarded Forte statuettes for excellence in 40 performing arts categories. The proceeds were, and will continue to be, donated in their entirety to three local non-profit organizations, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Northern Nevada Humane Society and the Veteran’s Resource Center of Reno.

The first Forte Awards ceremony saw performances in each of the performance disciplines, directed by Hello Hollywood Hello producer Greg Hoff and featured a salute to the legendary stage show that made the Grand Sierra stage famous. Local rock favorites, The Greg Golden Band, closed the show which also highlighted 40 celebrity presenters.

Reno Mayor Hillary Scheive attended and extoled the event, saying “I think it was great and it will be the event to be at in 2017 and for years to come”. The Mayor also presented the Forte’ for Community Engagement at the gala.

The event proved its popularity in the community via social media where metrics revealed that over 64,000 individual users engaged with the event online and drove over 611,000 page views on the website.

 

WHAT’S YOUR FORTE’?

Executive Director. Bill Woody. “It’s an awards show for the performing artists in music, theatre, comedy and dance. If you are a performing artist, this is your chance to be recognized within our community and, for the public to really show their appreciation the night of the awards show”. FORTE’ stands for Fans of Reno Tahoe Entertainers.

WHY DO WE NEED THE FORTE AWARDS?

We have a wealth of local talent on northern Nevada and it’s unfortunate that the majority of residents in our area really are not fully aware of its depth and breadth. By creating a glamorous evening of celebration, we are working to elevate that awareness and recognize the dedication and sacrifice of our talented musicians. comedians, actors and dancers (which by the way has not been done in recent memory), and highlight our region’s unique talent. That… and the charitable fundraising for three local non-profits; the Nevada Humane Society, the Veteran’s Outreach Center and the Northern Nevada Food Bank.

Woody says, “There is a goldmine of talent here, and having one night per year when everyone can feel like a star is something that needs to be done in a big way.”

WHAT IS THE PROCESS AND THE TIME LINE FOR THE FORTE’ AWARDS?

The FORTE’ Awards artist candidate registration period is 3 months long and begins on April 3, 2017 at forteawardscom. During this time, submissions, all via the website, will be vetted for completeness as described on the website and reviewed for nomination by panels of local professionals from each discipline with the aid of proprietary submission management software. Woody cautions that,” Its critical to go to the website first, make sure you understand exactly what’s needed, pull all those materials together and then submit. Be sure to read the submission requirements and have all of the materials you want to submit ready to go before you begin.” Eligible registrants will have lived and performed in the region (defined as Reno/Tahoe/Northern Nevada, from Tonopah north to the state line, and from the Pacific Rim Trail to the eastern border) and will be asked to submit works performed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

The Nominating committees spend the month of July reviewing and assessing all entries. On or about August 14th, 2017, the nominees in each of the dozens of categories will be announced and public voting for the nominees begins. Public voting and committee reviews are weighted to determine the final list of awardees.

The 2017 Forte Awards will be announced on the night of the gala at the Grand Theatre, Thursday November 2rd 2017, in the Grand Theater in Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort. Woody is enthusiastic. “It will be a grand evening where fashion and schmoozing will be a big part of the fun. A Red Carpet, Paparazzi Wall, live entertainment and VIP Party are part of the evening’s festivities. Our success will depend on our performing arts community sharing the FORTE’ Awards details and getting registered as candidates for nominations.” Its high time we showed the best of our local performing artists how much they mean to us.

 

Quick Facts

  • The FORTE’ Awards is a registered Nevada Benefit Corporation.
  • Proceeds from The FORTE’ Awards Show will benefit equally, the Nevada Humane Society, the Northern Nevada Food Bank and the Veteran’s Outreach Center.

 

Quotes

“Practice like you’ve never won. Perform like you have nothing to lose”

– Annonymous

Contacts

Bill Woody

Executive Director, The FORTE’ Awards 

O: (775) 355-9494 C: (360) 608-4099 email: wjwoody@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Steve Funk

Communications Chair, The FORTE’Awards

C: (775) 240-4871 email: stevef@thinkinneon.com

SEPTEMBER 28th, 2016

The Forte Awards is pleased to announce the first “Special Forte” for COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT in the Performing Arts….and the Forte goes to Reno’s fire art and dance troop…Controlled Burn.

April 30th, 2016

The Forte’ Awards want YOU!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… The First Annual Forte’ Awards is taking registrations now!

Briefly put, the Forte Awards is a celebration of the Reno / Tahoe areas performing artists in music, theater, comedy and dance. If you are part of this talented circle of gifted performers, get yourself registered, so you can become a nominee, and hopefully win it all.

          “Are you ready to be recognized?”

The Forte Awards will culminate with a huge ceremony in November. It will be a full on Academy Awards / Grammy style event complete with paparazzi wall, velvet ropes, media interviews, and much more. The ceremony is being planned for the grandest theater of them all, right here in Reno. The Forte’ Awards organization is waiting for some details to be finalized before the location can be officially announced. Nominee’s will be treated with the much earned respect deserved and will be identified by custom made back stage laminates identifying them as nominees. They will be treated as celebrities as they walk the red carpet into the theater.

The full resources of this really grand location will be utilized for the ceremony, including giant screens above the stage to display nominee’s images and category information, plus the lighting and sound systems. The entire event will be recorded by multiple cameras for eventual production on DVD. The video production team will consist of 8 cameras, some of which will be moving around the theater.

There will be a celebrity Master of Ceremonies to handle the evening’s program. Many local and regional celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, media, and politics will act as award presenters. Forte Award recipients will be brought to the stage to accept their awards and speak to the audience while their pictures are displayed on the screens over the stage. As with all celebrations of this caliber there will also be entertainment during the show.

The First Annual Forte Awards is also a charity event for the benefit of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the Nevada Humane Societyand the Veterans Resource Centers of America.

          “In the beginning…”

There are forty five categories (click here) to register for. Artists can register as individuals, or as a band, and they can also register for more than one category. Registrants will submit requested information including photographs, videos, and audio uploads, and various links to more content that is available (not everybody will have everything suggested, and that’s fine).

All performing artists in the Reno / Tahoe area are encouraged to register for one or more of the 45 award categories listed on the Forte’ website. Information submitted by all registrants will then be vetted by local area experts in the various fields of entertainment to choose the most worthy candidates to move up the ladder and become the 2016 Forte’ Awards Nominees.

Do you know somebody who you want to see nominated for a Forte’ Award? Click here to see how you can get them register as a candidate for nomination.

When the nominations have been decided upon and announced on  August 8th, the voting will begin. From here on it will be up to the public (i.e. friends, family, and fans) to pick who they want to become the Forte’ Award Recipients. All nominees should campaign for themselves and get their friends, family, and fans to vote for them on the Forte’ Awards website. Work it right, and you’ll take home a Forte’ Award.

To aid the public in deciding who they want to vote for, the Forte Awards site will post a nominee selected link to their website, Facebook page or other preferred link. The link can contain performance schedules as well as videos and songs. This exposure will be a valuable tool for getting people to your gigs, earning votes, and making long new lasting fans.

Also, currently in the planning phase are two promotional partnerships. One is the presence of the Forte’ Awards at the non-profit group 39 North’s Thursday Night Marketplace. The plan being developed is to brand their stage outside of the Great Basin Brewery and the Victorian Amphitheater with the Forte’ Awards logo and feature local artist registrants on those stages every Thursday. For Artown, Forte’ Awards is working on a presence at the Friday night Rollin’ On The River free concerts at Wingfield Amphitheater with a booth and banner to bring awareness to the event and the nominees.

If you dare to explore further, click here to visit the Forte’ Awards website.

 

        “You don’t want to miss this party!”

APRIL 1ST, 2016

News Release Article from NEONAGENCY

WHAT’S YOUR FORTE’? NORTHERN NEVADA’S PERFORMINGS ARTS ELITE TO BE RECOGNIZED WITH FORTE AWARDS IN 2016.

Artist registration begins April 2nd for the first ever glamourous celebration of our unique performing arts communities.

WHAT ARE THE FORTE AWARDS?

According to executive director. Bill Woody. “It’s an awards show for the performing arts. Music, theatre, comedy and dance. If you are a performing artist, this is your chance to be recognized within our community and for the public to really show their appreciation the night of the awards show”. FORTE’ stands for Fans of Reno Tahoe Entertainment.

WHY DO WE NEED THE FORTE AWARDS?

We have a wealth of local performing arts talent in northern Nevada and the eastern Sierra region and the majority of residents are not fully aware of its depth and breadth. By creating a glamorous evening of celebration, we will celebrate the unique nature of our communities and elevate that awareness as we recognize lifetimes of dedication and sacrifice. That… and the charitable fundraising for three local non-profits; the Nevada Humane Society, the Veteran’s Resource Center and the Northern Nevada Food Bank.

Woody says, “There is a goldmine of talent here, and having one night per year when everyone can feel like a star is something that needs to be done in a big way.”

WHAT IS THE PROCESS AND THE TIME LINE FOR THE FORTE’ AWARDS?

The FORTE’ Awards artist candidate registration period is 3 months long and begins on April 2, 2016 at www.forteawardscom. During this time, submissions, all via the website, will be vetted for completeness as described on the website and reviewed for nomination by panels of local professionals from each discipline with the aid of proprietary submission management software. Woody cautions, “It’s critical to go to the website first, make sure you understand exactly what’s needed, pull all those materials together and then submit. Be sure to read the submission requirements and have all of the required materials ready to go before you begin.” Registration ends on June 30. 2016.

On August 8st, 2016, the nominees in each of the dozens of categories will be announced and public voting for the nominees begins at the Forte’ Awards website (www.forteawards.com).

The Forte’ Awards will be announced and celebrated in glamourous fashion on the night of Thursday, November 3rd 2016. Woody is enthusiastic. “It will be a glamourous evening where fashion and schmoozing will be a big part of the fun. A Red Carpet, Paparazzi Wall, live entertainment and an over-the-top VIP Party are part of the evening’s festivities. Our success will depend on our performing arts community sharing the FORTE’ Awards details and getting registered as candidates for nominations.” Registrants receive a ticket for the show with registration. Its high time we showed the best of our local performing artists how much they mean to us.

Quick Facts

  • The FORTE’ Awards is a B-Corp, Benefit Corporation.
  • Proceeds from The FORTE’ Awards Show will benefit equally, the Nevada Humane Society, the Northern Nevada Food Bank and the Veteran’s Outreach Center.
  • To the best of our recollection, the local performing arts have never had such a salute and tribute to their talents.

Quick Links

Quotes

“Practice like you’ve never won. Perform like you have nothing to lose”

– Annonymous

Contacts

Bill Woody

Executive Director, The FORTE’ Awards 

O: (775) 355-9494 C: (360) 608-4099 email: wjwoody@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Steve Funk

Communications Chair, The FORTE’ Awards

C: (775) 240-4871 email: stevef@lotusradio.com