GOLDEN NAIL AWARDS JURY GUIDELINES AND CATEGORIES

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of the Golden Nail Awards is to honor individuals, businesses, and foundations whose financial, in-kind contributions and volunteerism to the fine arts in the Panhandle are of such magnitude that the impact on the arts is significant; to recognize that private sector involvement is essential to the vitality of the fine arts; and to provide an incentive for greater support of the arts by the private sector.

ELIGIBILITY:  The Golden Nail Awards program is open to all Panhandle area individuals, businesses, and foundations regardless of size. To be considered for an award, a nominee must have made a financial or in-kind donation to fine arts entity in the Panhandle of not less than $1000.00 during the previous calendar year. The Distinguished Volunteer and Distinguished Up and Coming Volunteer Awards are for voluntary service only.

Since the Golden Nail Awards are to recognize support of the FINE ARTS - not science or medical, historical, etc. (unless a specific fine arts form is utilized by one of these) - only contributors to fine arts entities or to fine arts performances or presentations are eligible for Golden Nail Awards.

Nominations must be postmarked on or before January 31, 2018.

AWARD CATEGORIES:

  • Individual – This award is presented to an individual who has given financial or in-kind assistance to the fine arts. A maximum of two awards may be presented representing Amarillo and the surrounding area – 1 from Amarillo and 1 from the area. An individual cannot be awarded a Golden Nail Award in this category more frequently than once in a five-year period.
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  • Business – This award is presented to a business who has given financial or in-kind assistance to the fine arts. A maximum of two awards may be presented representing Amarillo and the surrounding area– 1 from Amarillo and 1 from the area. A business cannot be awarded a Golden Nail Award in this category more frequently than once in a five-year period.
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  • Distinguished Volunteer – This award is presented to an individual who has provided volunteer service, not financial assistance to the fine arts. The volunteer service cannot be associated with the individual’s employment, i.e., a faculty member whose volunteer service could be construed to be associated with their professional duties. A maximum of two awards may be presented when deemed representing Amarillo and the surrounding area- 1 from Amarillo and 1 from the area. A volunteer cannot be awarded a Golden Nail Award in this category more frequently than once in a five-year period.
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  • Distinguished Up and Coming Volunteer - This award is presented to a volunteer who is up to 35 years old and younger and who has provided in-kind assistance and volunteer service, not financial assistance to the fine arts. The volunteer service cannot be associated with the individual’s employment, i.e., a faculty member whose volunteer service could be construed to be associated with their professional duties. A maximum of two awards may be presented when deemed representing Amarillo and the surrounding area – 1 from Amarillo and 1 from the area. A volunteer cannot be awarded a Golden Nail Award in this category more frequently than once in a five-year period.  
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  • Foundation and Non Profit Organizations – This award is presented to a foundation that has provided financial assistance to the fine arts. Two awards are presented representing Amarillo and the surrounding area –1 from Amarillo and 1 from the area. A foundation or non-profit organization cannot be awarded a Golden Nail Award in this category more frequently than once in a five-year period.
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  • Golden Touch Awards – The awards are given to a new, unique, or innovative arts event or activity during the preceding calendar year that has added a “golden touch” to the arts in Amarillo and the surrounding area. They are not presented to an individual, business or foundation.      
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  • Special – Awards are presented when deemed representing Amarillo and the surrounding area.

  • The most prestigious award is the Summit Award. This is not a category; however, the GNA Jury can suggest that an individual nominee be awarded the Summit Award. It is given to an individual or a couple for their outstanding devotion and support of the fine arts in Amarillo and the surrounding area over a period of years.  It includes meaningful public involvement and personal service as well as generous financial help. It is the most prestigious award. Once you have been awarded the Summit Award, you are not eligible to win another Golden Nail Award.      

Nominations may be submitted by anyone; however, the nominator must provide precise and verifiable information supporting the nominations and the Jury Committee cannot consider nominations without such supporting information and not meeting minimum qualifications. No more than three letters of support may be submitted. 

Multiple nominations of companies or individuals (where two or more have share sponsorship of an arts project) are acceptable. Groups and individuals that have supported more than one fine arts organization or project will be considered on a cumulative basis.

Nominees must have been active in their support during the calendar years for which the awards are given; however, special considerations have been made. Salaried personnel of art entities are not eligible to win a Golden Nail Award.

The Jury cannot make a nomination during the jury meeting. Often the arts entity or individual who made a nomination, has put it in the wrong category; therefore, the Jury can move that nomination to another category.  For example, a nomination in the Individual category can be moved to Distinguished Volunteer category.

Pledged amounts will not be considered for an award. Only actual payments are eligible. The amount paid on the pledge in 2017 is acceptable.

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Mail or email all nominations to:
Golden Nail Awards
Arts Committee
Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council
1000 S Polk St
Amarillo, TX 79101
Attn: Kashion Smith
(806)342-2023