National Quartet Convention Board Signs on the Dotted Line

By Deana Surles

A recent press conference was held in Louisville, Ky., to make the official announcement of the decision to move the National Quartet Convention to Louisville, Ky., in 1994. During the press conference Les Beasley, President of the National Quartet Convention Board of Directors, signed a contract with the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, which will serve as the host site of the 1994 National Quartet Convention.

In December, the Board voted unanimously to move the NQC from Nashville, Tenn., the city that has served as host for the event for the past 20 years, to Louisville. This decision was based on numerous reasons, according to Board President, Les Beasley. The impact the NQC has had on the economy of Nashville was noticed by other major cities. Several cities approached the Board to move the Convention to their respective cities. After looking over the facilities of a number of cities, the Board felt that no city had more to offer than Louisville. The city of Louisville will allow the NQC to offer its attendees substantial savings in lodging, an elaborate facility to venue the event, that is second to none in the country, increased capacity both in seating and exhibit booth space and a myriad of promotional offers that, according to Beasley, "will literally turn the city of Louisville into the capital of Southern Gospel Music for the Convention week. This will be a partnership that will bring thousands of people from across the nation to Louisville for the first time. We have no doubt the city will charm our attendees as much as the city officials have charmed the NQC Board," Beasley commented.

The August '93 edition of The Singing News Magazine will feature a special eight-page section devoted specifically to the details of the 1994 National Quartet Convention. This edition will provide hotel as well as ticket information for Southern Gospel Music lovers who would like to make early reservations to attend the premier event for the Southern Gospel Music industry.

(The foregoing article is from the May 1993 issue of Trade Review, The Singing News Magazine. Reprinted by permission.)