Wilds & Associates Announces Cancellation of the 16th Annual Gospel Music FanFair

In order to comply with federal mandates and the CDC’s recommendation for limiting public gatherings due to the Coronavirus, Wilds & Associates has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Gospel Music FanFair scheduled for May 11-16 in Somerset, KY.

Earlier today, Wilds & Associates CEO Randall Wilds released this official statement:

“We have been closely monitoring the developments concerning COVID-19 and will continue to assess the situation. But at this time, we felt we had no choice but to cancel the 16th annual Gospel Music FanFair for the sake of everyone’s health and safety. We are disheartened with having to make this decision. The fellowship and comradery among fans, artists and industry leaders that we have enjoyed for the past 15 years will be missed. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times.”

“I have faith that we will overcome this horrific pandemic by the help of God. With our hope and trust in Him, we can look to a brighter future. Unless Christ returns before then, I hope to see everyone happy and healthy at next year’s Gospel Music FanFair already planned for May 10 through the 15th. In the meantime, let’s continue to do all we can to help those who have been effected by the virus and continue to pray for our nation and for one another.”

The 2020 Gospel Music Fan Awards scheduled on the final evening of the event has not been cancelled but is being postponed until a later date. Tentative plans are underway to televise and/or live stream the event without a live audience. Details are forthcoming. To stay informed of further developments on this and future events, please visit to subscribe to the newsletter or visit for the latest updates.

As a reminder, fans can still submit their votes for this year’s Gospel Music Fan Awards until May 1st. Visit to access the online official Top 10 ballot.

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