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.

Where To Find Things (Site Map)

   Mission Statement
   Breaking News
   Links to our Facebook page and the Vigo County Community Calendar

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.  The purpose of the questionnaire is to help 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.  There is a link to the questionnaire on the Induction Into The Hall page.  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.  Visit the Induction Into The Hall page to find instructions on how to get a form and how to send it to us. 

Please be sure to complete all fields on the questionnaire.  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 questionnaire.  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 be aware that these are the minimum requirements and meeting these requirements 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 questionnaire.

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 update the information that was on the original.

What's the difference between being a member of the Hall of Fame and being in 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, you may nominate him or her for the BOA using the same questionnaire that we use for inductees.  See the following FAQ.

How do I request that a musician be added to the Band of Angels?

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 on this web site for instructions on how to contact us.

When you contact us, 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 to this question, depending on the personal circumstances of each musician.  However, here are some common issues: 

We must have a questionnaire for the musician 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 if we have received 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 things that slow down the investigation process are:  1) The questionnaire doesn't contain adequate information, and/or 2) Contact information on the questionnaire 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 contact information.

There is a misconception that the Hall immediately admits 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 as many as 75 nominations for the 12-18 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 be aware that no matter who does the selection or what musicians are selected, there will be those who are unhappy with the result.  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 to make it as fair as possible.

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 in our Local Musicians or Local Bands photo galleries.

If you have pictures of inductees or members of the Band of Angels, or local musicians or bands that we can post, we would appreciate it if you would share a copy.  If possible, put the photo into an electronic format, and then click the link on the Contact Us page to send us an email and attach the picture to the email.  Be sure to let us know who is in the picture 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, unless circumstances require a shorter notification time.  Depending upon the circumstances, we may also use other methods, such as newspaper, radio, and television advertisements.

Also, the Hall has a page on Facebook (see the link on our Home page).  We will post notices there, as well as on the web site.  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 smaller, 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.  With all of this going on, time for the jam session is somewhat limited.  Since the ceremony is about our inductees, the jam session is for the inductees first.  Of course, supporting musicians will be needed, and once all inductees have been given a chance to perform, the stage will be opened to all musicians.  However, it is possible 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, we would appreciate it if you would call or talk to us in person.  Most issues require some dialog so that we can get clarification or additional information, and offer a detailed 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, such as the induction ceremony and the annual picnic, 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.  As these events grow in size, we could use the help.  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.