Thursday, 19 February 2009 19:14
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2009 TMA: new date, new venue?

Is it true? It is hard to believe but according to TMA Vice President Frank Salazar, the 2009 Tejano Music Awards will not be taking place April 11 at the Municipal Auditorium, as had been previously announced to the media.

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Incredulous calls and emails have come in steadily since Friday through Sunday. Contacted late Friday afternoon, Salazar said

he was not certain when the new date and venue for the 2009 TMA would be anounced.

"I thiink that by next week, perhaps by Thursday, we will be able to confirm a venue and a date for the awards."

Neither Salazar, nor VIVE Tejano official Ruben Cubillos, would detail exactly what caused the two groups to separate.

In a news release released early Friday evening, Cubillos issued the following statement:

"VIVE Tejano has ended its association with Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) effective February 19, 2009.  On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank everyone associated with TTMA for their dedication and hard work in revitalizing the 29th Annual Tejano Music Awards. " Full release further below.

In Dec. 18 news conference at the Muncipal Auditorium. TMA and VIVE officials had announced the 2009 TMA would be held on April 11 at Municipal Auditorium.

At that news conference, TMA President Robert Arellano said that the changes had come as the TMAs had formed a partnership with the VIVE Tejano organization, led by Ruben Cubillos and Henry Pena. 

Now apparenlty, that partnership is history.

Although we spoke with both sides in detail about the problems, neither side wanted to go on the recordw ith any specifics on what caused any misunderstandings and eventual separation.

Check back as we will post updates on the 2009 TMA date and venue as they are announced.

One always popular component of the awards is the three-day Fanfair - and that date remains unchanged.

This year the TMA Fanfair is scheduled March 20-22 at Market Square. More than 100 bands will be scheduled to perform on various stages over three days. Various booths where fans can obtain autographs and photographs will also be available.

A performers lineup and ticket prices for the awards will be released soon.


During the awards ceremonies, TMA officials will also honor several pioneers with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Inductees will be announced at a later date.

A 2009 TMA Kickoff Party was held Jan. 22 at Graham Central Station and featured performances by  Bobby Pulido, Jay Perez, Desperadoz, Gary Hobbs, Stefani Montiel, Ramiro Herrera, Rebecca Valadez, Ricardo Castillon, Chente Barrera, and the Joe B & Baron Band.

The TMAs are also airing a weekly radio show at their website. For free podcasts, hosted by veteran radio DJ Bobby Lopez, and for more details and a voting ballot, visit: www.tejanomusicawards.com

 

Full VIVE statement below:


Estimados Socios (Esteemed Colleagues),

This communication is to inform you that VIVE Tejano has ended its association with Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) effective February 19, 2009.

On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank everyone associated with TTMA for their dedication and hard work in revitalizing the 29th Annual Tejano Music Awards. VIVE Tejano will continue to provide the same high quality service on which we have built our reputation, and this change will in no way affect our ability to promote, preserve and develop Tejano music or it's culture.

Thank you for your optimism, trust, and support.

Saludos (best regards),
      
Ruben S. Cubillos, Cofounder / Executive Director, VIVE Tejano, Inc.