Beginning with the 37th Annual GMA Music Awards, Gospel Music Association (GMA) members will be able to cast their ballots for Dove Awards online. Today, John W. Styll, president of the GMA announced that GMA has entered an agreement with Votenet Solutions, Inc. of Washington, D.C., the leading provider of online voting software for associations and award shows to provide Web-based balloting for the first time.
Votenet will conduct online voting for the GMA Music Awards which will be accessible through the award show’s Website at www.gmamusicawards.com or the GMA’s Website at www.gospelmusic.org
Members will go online for easy-to-use and graphic-rich instructions and ballots for the first and second round voting for the 2006 Doves. To accommodate the busy schedules of GMA members, the voting site will be accessible 24 hours/day. Online voting is optional, which means that members more comfortable with the printed ballots may continue to use that format for their votes.
“We are excited to help make online voting a success for the GMA. Awards shows are increasingly leveraging online voting to add convenience to voters and to increase participation. Votenet is honored to have GMA entrust our company to provide a secure, online voting opportunity for its members,” said Michael Tuteur, CEO of Votenet Solutions, Inc. (www.votenet.com).
GMA Music Awards online voting will be available to GMA members for the first and second ballots. The first ballot determines the five nominees in each Dove Award category and the second ballot determines the final Dove Award recipients. The awards’ initial submitted entries process, when record companies and print music companies, as well as GMA professional members, enter products into the GMA Music Awards voting process, will not be part of the online balloting. GMA’s accounting firm of more than 20 years, Kinkead CPA, will continue to monitor the complete Dove voting process. More information about the schedule for voting is available at http://www.gmamusicawards.com/voting2006/.
The 37th Annual GMA Music Awards are scheduled for April 5, 2006.