Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

'Promoting fellowship and friendship among all musicians of the Wabash Valley'

Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains answers to many commonly asked questions.  If you don't find the answer to your question here, please contact us and we will do our best to provide an answer.

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About Us
   History of the Hall of Fame
   Hall of Fame Board of Directors & Staff
   List of inductees
   Inductee musical biographies
   Overview of the Band of Angels
   Information on the Hall of Fame's involvement in the community

Induction Into The Hall
   Overview of the induction process
   Instructions on completing a questionnaire
   Link to the questionnaire form

Photo Galleries
   Overview of the photo galleries
   Links to the photo galleries
 
News & Notes
   News about Hall of Fame activities
   Links to archives of prior year News & Notes

Frequently Asked Question
   List of frequently asked questions and their answers

Contact Us
   Instructions on how to contact us

How do I nominate myself or someone else for induction into the Hall of Fame?

Complete a questionnaire.  This helps us get to know you and learn about your musical career.  The number of applicants has grown so large that the job of verifying eligibility is nearly impossible without a questionnaire.  Click the Induction link at the top of the page, then find and click the link to the questionnaire.  This page also contains instructions on how to fill out the form and how to send it to us.  We cannot consider anyone for induction without a completed questionnaire.

You can fill out a questionnaire for yourself, or if you know of a deserving musician, you can fill one out on their behalf.

Please be sure to complete all fields on the form.  The more information and the better the quality of the information, the quicker we can determine your eligibility and get you in line to be inducted, so don't take shortcuts in filling out the form.  A common mistake is to leave a field blank.  Another is to provide inadequate information, such as "Play guitar and other instruments" or "Play country and other styles" or "Played in many area bands".  Here's a good way to list the bands you've been in: "Band A (1970-75), Band B (1975-76), Band C (1980-83), performed as a solo act (1985-90)", etc.

The minimum requirements for induction are: (1) the musician must be at least 50 years old, (2) the musician must have performed for at least 25 years, and (3) the musician must have spent a portion of their career performing in the area covered by the Hall of Fame.  Please note: these are the minimum requirements and meeting them does not guarantee induction.  The Board also considers the candidate's career and accomplishments.  This is why it is important to include as much information as possible on the form.

We keep all questionnaires.  Your information is stored in a database and will be reviewed each year until you are selected to a specific induction class.  There is no need to send another questionnaire unless you need to share updated information.

What's the difference between being in the Hall of Fame and being in the Band of Angels?
How do I request that a musician be added to the Band of Angels?

With some rare exceptions, only living musicians are inducted into the Hall of Fame (HOF).  Upon their death, inductees automatically become members of the Band of Angels (BOA), which was created to honor Wabash Valley musicians who have passed away. 

However, there are many other worthy musicians who, for various reasons, were not inducted before they passed away.  Perhaps they passed before the age of 50, or had not performed for 25 years, or had never applied for membership in the HOF, etc.  The Hall honors these musicians by including them in the BOA.

If you know of a musician who has passed away and was not a Hall of Fame inductee, please let us know.  See the Contact Us page for contact information. When you do so, be prepared to offer verification that the nominee has played for at least 15 years.  If possible, we would like to have a copy of their obituary and a picture for posting on our web site.

I know of a deserving musician who has not yet been inducted.  Why not?

There are many possible answers, but here are some common ones: 

We must have a questionnaire before we can start the induction process.  There are those who feel that the Hall should know them well enough that a questionnaire is not needed.  This is not the case.  The Wabash Valley has thousands of musicians for the Board to consider, and they consider more than just whether the musician is 50 years old with 25 years experience.  This would be a nearly impossible job without questionnaires. 

If you haven't submitted a questionnaire for yourself, please do so.  If your favorite musician hasn't filled one out, encourage them to do so, or fill one out for them.

Even after we receive a questionnaire, the musician is not eligible for induction until their qualifications have been verified and they are placed in the Candidate Pool.  The two most common problems in the the investigation process are:  1) The questionnaire doesn't contain enough information, or 2) Contact information is either missing or incorrect.  If we can't verify the information on the questionnaire, it will be put "on hold" until this happens.

If your telephone number or email address changes after we receive your questionnaire, please contact us and give us your updated information.

There is a misconception that the Hall immediately admits all veteran musicians as soon as they turn 50 years old.  While this honor has been extended to a few musicians due to the strength of their career and accomplishments, it won't happen to most candidates.  With at least 100 nominations for the 15-18 spots available each year, few people make the cut on their first try.  Just because someone doesn't gain admission immediately does not mean that they are not worthy.

If you know of a deserving musician that has not yet been inducted, we encourage you to speak to us on their behalf.  There's nothing wrong with lobbying for your favorite person, as long as it is done in a constructive manner.

There is an old saying which states that if no one is happy, we must have done the job right!  While this is meant as a joke, please realize that no matter who does the selection or what musicians are selected, someone will be unhappy.  We realize that we occasionally make mistakes, as would anyone else who tries to do this job, but we do the best that we can and we continually strive to improve the process.

Why aren't there pictures for all of the inductees and members of the Band of Angels?
I have pictures I'd like to have posted on your site.  What should I do?

All pictures on this web site came from donations.  Unfortunately, this means that we do not have pictures of many of our inductees or members of the Band of Angels.  It also means that there are many local musicians and bands that are not represented on our site.

If you have photos of inductees, Band of Angels members, local musicians or bands that we can post, would you please share a copy?  If possible, put the photo into an electronic format, attach it to an email and send it to us.  See the Contact Us page.  Be sure to let us know who is in the photo and what year it was taken.  If you cannot put the photo into an electronic format, either make a copy and mail it to us, or email or call us to discuss how we can obtain a copy.

How do I find out who has been inducted into the Hall of Fame?

The photo gallery page for each induction year contains a list of the musicians inducted that year.  The Band of Angels photo gallery page contains a list of the members of the Band of Angels.  Also, there is a link to a full list of inductees on the About Us/Hall of Fame Inductees page.

Can you notify me of upcoming events?

We will announce Hall of Fame events on this web site at least a month in advance, whenever possible.  We will also post an announcement on our Facebook page.  If you Like our Facebook page, you will receive these notices automatically.

Why didn't I (or my favorite musician) get to perform at the induction ceremony?

In the early days of the Hall of Fame, audiences and the number of musicians wanting to perform were small, so there was seldom a problem giving every musician a chance to perform.  However, audiences and the number of musicians wanting to perform have grown dramatically.

The induction ceremony is a busy event.  There must be time for the meal, the induction ceremony, and various announcements and drawings.  Since the ceremony is about our inductees, the jam session is for them first.  Of course, supporting musicians will be needed, and if there is time once all inductees have played, the stage will be opened to all musicians.  However, it is likely that we won't be able to get every musician on stage. 

We ask for your understanding on this matter.  We would also like to offer a suggestion to musicians who would like to perform: join us at the annual Picnic and Jam.  We have nearly twice the time at the picnic for musicians to perform, so we can accommodate a lot more people.

I have a comment / suggestion / complaint.  What do I do?

There are many ways to contact us - telephone call, texts, email, Facebook posts, letters, in person, etc.  In most cases, any of these methods will work for comments and suggestions.  However, if you have a complaint, please call or talk to us in person.  Most issues require some dialog so that we can get clarification or additional information before we offer an explanation.  This can be difficult to do using texts, email, Facebook, letters, etc.  If you don't give us a way to communicate with you, our options for resolving your issue are limited.

Please realize that the Board serves for free.  We donate both time and money to the Hall of Fame.  We work 12 hour days for events like the induction ceremony, and pay for our tickets like everyone else.  We loan our equipment for the events held by the Hall of Fame.  It's hard work with the only reward being the joy of seeing our fellow musicians recognized.

We realize that we make mistakes, and that even the things we think we've done right will not please everyone.  If you have a complaint, we would be happy to discuss it with you.  However, if you honestly think you have identified a problem that needs to be fixed, then be willing to take the next step and be involved in the solution.  Finding a fair and practical solution to a problem is seldom easy, so offer your ideas, offer constructive advice, and offer your time and assistance.

Can I become involved with the Hall of Fame?

You don't have to be on the Board, or even a member of the Hall, to help out.  The activities that we put on are a lot of work.  For the most part, the Board and their spouses have done all of the work, but we would gladly welcome anyone who would like to assist us.  Please consider volunteering to help work these events.

We especially invite Hall of Fame inductees to become involved.  This is YOUR Hall of Fame, you are a member.  Along with the honor of being inducted comes a responsibility to support the organization you joined.  The Hall is committed to giving back to the Wabash Valley, and we invite our members to help us do this.  A great way to do this is to attend and participate in our functions.  Not only does this help to make our events a success, but your purchase of raffle tickets, silent auction items and memorabilia helps to fund our charitable goals.

If you are interested in volunteering, visit the Contact Us page for information on how to let us of your interest.