ICM Awards LogoNashville, Tenn. (September 21, 2011) – Presentation of the 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards October 28th in Nashville will go state-of-the-art this year with the additional production value of a live internet “streaming event” which will be hosted as an online ticketed webcast via StageIt.com.   

The presentation of the Inspirational Country Music Awards Show from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony will stream live on a custom URL (www.stageit.com/faithfamilycountry) where music fans may access sign-up information for the webcast as well as buy tickets for the online awards ceremonies.

Being hosted by returning familiar TV faces GAC Network’s Storme Warren and Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander, additional artist participation is also being announced this week with performances by Guy PenrodBuddy Jewell and Chuck Day added to the event. All three artists are among Top 5 nominees in the current voting round for the awards, which closes September 30th.  Riders In the Sky have also been announced as new additions to the list of major artists presenters set for the evening.  Artists already announced as performers include Lee GreenwoodRicky SkaggsJoey+Rory and The Roys.

“The live webcast of this year’s awards is being presented through an agreement we’ve signed with StageIt, a very innovative California based production team that specializes in delivering major artist music driven ‘event experiences’ online,” notes Jason Higgins, Executive Director of the Inspirational Country Music Association. “The online production will add an entire new and very cutting edge dimension of internet participation and fan access to the event that we are very excited about,” added Higgins.

Major artist nominees on the Top 5 ballot for this year’s Awards include Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Ronnie Dunn, The Roys, Josh Turner, Jeff Bates, Randy Travis, The Grascals, Ricky Skaggs, The Oak Ridge BoysPoint of Grace, The Isaacs and George Strait.  Film honors finalists include a competitive Hollywood field highlighted by family rated major box office contenders including Country StrongSecretariat and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Now on countdown towards the October 28th award announcements, they are now also enjoying heavy fan traffic on the recently launched official social media Facebook page. Those interested in “liking” the page can join the pre-Awards Show fun and color commentary at Facebook.com/FaithFamilyCountry.

Additionally those interested ‘in a front row seat to a backstage experience’ in the live streaming webcast of the 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards are encouraged to resource www.stageit.com/faithfamilycountry

About Stageit:
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Stageit is a web-based platform created for artists by artists that empowers them to deliver and monetize interactive live experiences directly from their laptop. Stageit was launched in fall 2010 by CEO and music industry veteran Evan Lowenstein, who enjoys nearly 20 years of experience as a recording artist, award-winning writer and executive and was recently named to Digital Media Wire’s list of 25 Execs to Watch in Digital Entertainment for 2011. Offering intimacy and direct interaction with fans, Stageit gives artists the opportunity to offer unique online fan experiences that will not be archived or duplicated for distribution. On Stageit, artists are able to choose when they want to perform, for how long and how much they want to charge. Since October 1, 2010, artists who have performed on Stageit include Jimmy Buffett, Jason Mraz, KORN, Crosby Stills & Nash, Rusted Root, Lisa Loeb, Plain White T’s, Blackalicious, Jamie Kennedy, Kate Voegele, Chris Young and Bonnie Raitt.

Resource online link: www.stageit.com/faithfamilycountry

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