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Submissions Open for the 2023 CFMA Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award
The 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards is currently accepting applications for the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award . The application deadline for this category is Aug . 31 , 2022 ( note that this is later than the final submission deadline for the other awards , which is July 15 th ). There is no fee to apply for this award .
The Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award is an annual honour recognizing the exceptional contribution of an individual , group , or organization active in any aspect of the Canadian folk music scene ( performance , promotion , presentation , etc .). It is meant to recognize those not generally recognized as a high-profile individual , group , or organization , but who work tirelessly behind the scenes for the love of the music and who have not been recognized for their contributions by national or international music entities . It includes volunteers in all their diversity who , year after year , lend support to folk clubs , festivals , house concerts , etc . Posthumous nominations for individuals are not accepted . All submissions are adjudicated by members of the CFMA Board of Directors , who will select a recipient from the eligible submitted candidates . For complete details and to submit an application , go to www . folkawards . ca / eligibility / unsung-hero-award .
Gibson Wins Ruling on its Guitar Shapes & Trademarks
Gibson has won its U . S . court case against Dean Guitars over trademark infringement by the latter company . In response , Dean
Guitars released its own statement , claiming victory over three of its models that were not found guilty of trademark infringement and putting a positive spin on the outcome .
A statement from Gibson reads : “ The court ’ s decision by jury today ( May 27 ), to uphold Gibson ’ s long-established and well-recognized trademarks for Gibson ’ s innovative and iconic guitar shapes is a win for Gibson and the music community at large . The court found that the Gibson Trademarks are valid , the Gibson shapes are not generic , and the defendants were guilty of both infringement and counterfeiting . Gibson is very pleased with the outcome after years of simply trying to protect their brand and business through well recognized intellectual property rights , rights that have been Gibson ’ s for decades .
As reported by MusicRadar , Dean Guitars was not found to have infringed on Gibson ’ s standalone trademark for the Flying V electric guitar .