Accounting Firm to certify Singing News Fan Awards
Southern Gospel was born in an era when men could go to the bank on a word and a handshake. Singing News was founded by men of this era. The magazine staff has always counted Fan Awards votes internally.
This was appropriate for that era, yet we are in a new era. We are in the era where the rare bad apple leads skeptics to question everything. Major awards shows in other genres have had external accounting firms audit and certify their results for years. Over the last few years, voices within Southern Gospel have quietly been calling for Singing News to do the same. It’s (typically) less that they question the staff and more that external certification is now the expectation for any prestigious awards show.
This, then, is the historical context for a significant announcement today on Singing News Publisher Les Butler’s blog. He stated:
In other Fan Awards news, today we are announcing yet another first. The 2011 Singing News Fan Awards will be certified by Rayburn, Betts and Bates Accounting of Brentwood, Tennessee. Danny and I have been working on this for a while, as this brings yet another layer of professionalism and accountability to a magazine and an organization that will not have it any other way.
Bravo, Singing News. Great move.