LeFevre Quartet and NQC
It looks like the LeFevre Quartet won’t be on the NQC mainstage, and they are not too happy about it. David Staton has posted comments about the issue on his myspace blog; these comments can also be found on SgBlogNews. (EDIT, 8/3/11: Broken link removed.) He said, in part:
I was talking to one of the execs on the board at NQC in Louisville, KY and they told me that the 2007 line up for the evening shows on mainstage were being put together and the LeFevre Quartet was NOT going to be included. I’m not sure how enough fans can vote for an artist to win a fan awrd, obviously showing a following among the NQC ticket buyers and Singing News subscribers, and not be included on the mainstage line up. I really thought that when the fans voted, it made some kind of statement as to what they want to hear and see on mainstage. Guess not. What other fan award winners will be cut from NQC? If you’re as puzzled as I am, please contact the board at NQC and Singing News Magazine and let them know that when you vote for an artist, that usually means that you want to see and hear that artist. Otherwise, why subscribe? Why vote?
It’s a little blunt, but I just can’t put on my happy face and let this one go.
While the NQC board is obviously aware of what goes on at the Fan Awards, I wonder if Staton recalls that the only formal connection between the Fan Awards and NQC is that the NQC gives the Singing News a few hours of time to put on their program. Singing News could easily host their program elsewhere if they desire.
It’s somewhat of a stretch to say that NQC is obligated to invite all Fan Awards winners. If they make a mainstage slot for a group one year, the group will expect an invitation back every year. If NQC gives a mainstage slot to every group that wins a fan award, and each of these groups expect to be added every year, the NQC will very quickly run out of mainstage slots. (And this isn’t even taking into account winners of Internet-based fan awards, such as those run by sogospelnews.com.)