HALL OF FAME
A structure, housing memorials to famous or illustrious individuals. Usually chosen by a group of electors or individuals for a particular category to represent their chosen industry or trade at the highest level of achievement.
Those individuals who have been selected and voted into office by a group of their peers within the MCMHOF for the purpose of helping to make various operational decisions and making themselves available to accomplish the necessary day-to-day functions in the absence of another board member. All Board members other than the President shall serve on the Board for a period of not more than two years. Notwithstanding, at the end of each two-year cycle (depending on the day of acceptance), provided there are no other qualified candidates being voted in, each Board member will be granted the opportunity to be re-voted in as a board member should the person in question desire to continue for an extended two-year term. There is currently no limit set on the number of two-year terms which a board member can serve. The Board believes that term limits will help ensure that there are fresh ideas and viewpoints available to the Board.
All board members are required to have internet access and a private email address. All information provided to and discussed among board members is to be kept private in strict confidence, and is not to be shared with anyone who is not a board member.
Eligibility for this category requires at least 10 years or more experience after their first national recording release, notwithstanding their inexperience, they were an immediate success and the Board has reached a unanimous decision concerning induction on their behalf. This would include any person or group of persons, judged outstanding, as in a sport or profession. A career performer, dedicated to their trade with multiple years of extra ordinary achievements, and service to the industry as a whole. Usually reserved for those who have reached “Celebrity Status” regardless of where they were born or what their current address is. As long as they have been internationally recognized as an intricate part of the “Country Music Industry” as a whole.
NON-CELEBRITY PERFORMING ARTISTS INDUCTEE
Eligibility for this category must be a person or group of persons which would include “UP Utility Person”, “SP Side Person”, “BGV Back Ground Vocalist”, “SA Solo Artist” or “BL Band Leader” or any individual who has worked at their trade for 20 or more consecutive years. They should have at least two years of “On the Road” experience. Performed with at least 1 or more Celebrity Shows and should have a good working knowledge of how large capacity shows operate in a 2,000 to 5,000 person stadium. They must be a well-seasoned performer with a good ear for timing and intonation. This is for exceptional performers who have a good name among their peers as being cooperative, team oriented and a player who is well respected. The “basic” Nashville number system and/or ability to read charts is a plus!
LIFETIME/CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
This award is to show honor for an individual artist, duo, group or multiple artist collaboration, who have worked at their trade for a period of not less than 20 years. Their level of professionalism must be that of someone who is well seasoned in their abilities and confidence level on and off stage. They must able to work with well with others and have a good reputation with both fellow performers and with the fans alike.
This award could also include luthiers, or various musical instrument designers. They must be well qualified and experienced in their trade. These select individuals must be proficient in their ability to represent themselves and their product in a polished and professional manner to both the buyers and sellers as well as fellow musicians and the public at large. Instrument designers and luthiers must make available a portfolio of their creations that clearly displays the details of their work for viewing by the residing board of directors before a final decision will be reached.
Individuals who have been chosen to receive the Lifetime/Career Achievement Award, will be considered an Ambassador of the organization who could also hold “INDUCTEE” status. (Solely at the discretion of the residing Board of Directors).
Eligibility for this category shall be exclusively for a newcomer or novice, especially a person unaccustomed to the hardships of long term road work. Some professional experience is good, but not required. However they must poses not only the ability to sing well (in key & in time), but they also must display a clear willingness to work with other performers, rehearse whenever needed and for as long as it takes to achieve the objective. They must be teachable, willing to follow directions from a music director and show a reasonable interest in perusing the needed education to reach a much higher standard of excellence then the average weekend performer. Age requirements for this category will be for those persons between the age of 17 and 35. After receiving this award, the person or persons shall be considered an Ambassador’s of the organization without authority. NOT to be considered an INDUCTEE.
Benefits for this category includes: 1 lanyard trophy. 1 self pictured plaque with the HOF Logo attached. 1 year of free consultation from current HOF Inductees via/the MEC office in West Branch (this is by appointment only and shall start and end at the sole discretion of the office personnel on duty at the time). Also included: the opportunity to perform for at least 1 or more HOF events with a live band.
Are defined as a person or a group of persons who have legally entered into a sanctioned MCMHOF contest and have received 1st Place Status. The 1st Place winner of this category shall be considered to perform at least one of our upcoming events (as determined by the Board of Directors) All decisions are final.
Are defined as a person or a group of persons who have been brought to the attention of the MCMHOF by either a current HOF member in good standings or by people who are fully acquainted with the talent of the individual(s) to be selected for participation in said contest. All contestants must be pre-screened All decisions by our panel of judges are final and not to be challenged.
Those individuals who have shown a significant contribution to the MCMHOF through their voluntary works of helps and good deeds. Without whose help the shows could not go on.
Are defined as a person or a group of persons who purchase tickets to each of our shows, and who have placed their basic contact information on our mailing list. Without whose help the shows could not go on.
MCMHOF Rotating Categories & Definitions
SONG WRITER AWARD RECIPIENT
A person or persons, who have transcribed lyrics to create a melodically sounding pattern, which can be used for poetry, but is generally put to a musical arrangement for the purpose of making audio recordings or accumulations of such for booklets that can be sold at a profit. These also require proof of copy writes and publications. Under certain conditions such as: one or more of their songs has become a national or international Hit Recording for themselves or other artists they could be considered an Ambassador of the organization who may also hold “INDUCTEE” status. (solely at the discretion of the residing Board of Directors.
PIONEER AWARD RECIPIENT
This Award is to recognize and honor the vision of those people whose efforts resulted in the creation of new and innovative ways to continue the vitality of the country music industry as a whole. This award is presented to outstanding individuals whose main contribution to the concepts and advancement of country music has made an indelible mark both on the industry abroad as well as within the State of Michigan. Considered an Ambassador of the organization who could also hold “INDUCTEE” status. (solely at the discretion of the residing Board of Directors.
HONORARY MEMBER AWARD RECIPIENT
Eligibility for this category: A person or group of persons, usually given because of their public involvement and/or achievements. However with that being said: They must display a teachable and cooperative attitude at all times. They must have been performing in and around their given areas for more than 10 years who still maintain a following and/or a good report among the local musicians, and the public at large. Considered an Ambassador of the organization who could also hold “INDUCTEE” status. (solely at the discretion of the residing board of directors at the time).
PROMOTER AWARD RECIPIENT
Eligibility for this category: A music promoter is someone who will publicize and promote upcoming local or national live events and concerts. He or she will also organize the events, book the band or bands, and advertise in a way to bring in as many people as possible, which in turn, will bring in profit. Considered an Ambassador of the organization who could also hold “INDUCTEE” status. (solely at the discretion of the residing Board of Directors.
DISK JOCKEY AWARD RECIPIENT
A person or group of persons who introduces and plays recorded popular music, both Nationally or Internationally over the air, through the use of (Mega Media, Radio, Television, Satellite, Internet or the current mode available for commercial use marketing and/or promotions. This usually requires licensing through BMI, ASCAP, SESAC etc. by you or your employer. Considered an Ambassador of the organization who could also hold “INDUCTEE” status. (solely at the discretion of the residing Board of Directors.
Categories For Sanctioned MCMHOF Contests
“TRADITIONAL” COUNTRY MUSIC (1970’S and BACK)
A person or a group of persons who adhere strictly to old style iconic Country Music. Performers must be well dressed in matching attire. Boots, hats, bolos, dresses and glitz. For the purpose of this contest, songs must be well rehearsed. Everyone is required to perform 3 songs. 1-Up-tempo, 1-Ballad and 1-Origonal Song. All “original songs” must be accompanied by proof of “Copyright”, and cannot have been released with any record label or be owned by a “Publishing Company”.
“NEW COUNTRY” MUSIC (1980’S FORWARD)
A person or a group of persons who perform commercial Country Music from the 1980’s to current. Performers must be well dressed. For the purpose of this contest, songs must be well rehearsed. Everyone is required to perform 3 songs. 1-Up-tempo, 1-Ballad and 1 other song which reflects the performers originality. (ability to make the song your own) All “original songs” must be accompanied by proof of “Copyright”, and cannot have been released with any record label or be owned by a “Publishing Company”.
“COUNTRY” GOSPEL AWARD WINNER
Though gospel music like all other genera’s of music these days has taken on a new face and sound, the selections and style of Gospel music chosen to perform for this award, must be “Country Gospel” style. Rather it is old/new or original, it must reflect a distinguishable country music style. Those who wish to receive this great award must show excellent stage presence, sound, style, dress and the music must focus more on the message rather than on the music (notwithstanding, the music must be rehearsed tirelessly to show credit and honor to the one whom you are lifting up and singing about). All “original songs” must be accompanied by proof of “Copyright”, and cannot have been released with any record label or be owned by a “Publishing Company”.
“WESTERN” COWBOY POETRY and/or MUSIC AWARD WINNER
A person or group of persons who show clear discipline’s necessary to publicly perform the art of singing and speaking Western Cowboy Poetry and/or Music which celebrates the American West. From the lyrics to the outfits, they must present themselves as authentic. Considered an Ambassador of the organization who could also hold “INDUCTEE” status. (solely at the discretion of the residing Board of Directors.
“TRADITIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN” AWARD WINNER
A person or group of persons who represent the True American Indian Culture through Costume design, dance, musical songs, customs and the identity and heritage of a specific individual Indian Nation. From start to finish, they must represent their Nations authenticity.
“AMERICAN ICONIC COWBOY” AWARD WINNER
Individuals who re-create the look, the sound and identity, of 19th Century iconic Television Cowboys and Cowgirls, such as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, Annie Oakley, Dale Evans, Calamity Jane etc.. Their drawl, their costumes and their behavior must represent a true likeness of the actual artist. Their stories of the old West, must be taken directly from “hook lines” from the stars most well known movies.
“BLUEGRASS” AWARD WINNER
A person, or group of persons who display the disciplines necessary, to publically perform traditional style bluegrass music. Instrumentation should include (but not limited to), fiddle, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, acoustic rhythm guitar and at least two persons singing harmony behind the lead vocalist. Music arrangements should include both modern contemporary BG as well as classic traditional BG material during your performance. (EXAMPLE) Bill Monroe/Ricky Scaggs/Flatt-Scruggs & Alison Kraus/Ralph Stanley & Rhonda Vincent etc. Bluegrass music is a very difficult music to keep up with so the ensemble must be able to play in time and on key and harmonies must be tight and well rehearsed.