Hall of Fame Induction Process
This page explains the induction process. You can get a
copy of the questionnaire by clicking the link in the Questionnaire section
below. If you don't find
all of the information you need here,
please contact us and we will do our best to answer your question.
three steps to the induction process:
1. Your questionnaire is received, processed and investigated.
2. Your qualifications are verified and you are placed into
the Candidate Pool.
3. You are selected for a specific induction class.
Each step is explained in more detail below:
To begin the
induction process, you must complete a questionnaire.
Please note that we cannot
consider anyone for induction without a completed questionnaire.
There are those who feel that the Hall should know them well enough
that a questionnaire is not needed, but this is not the case.
There are thousands of musicians that meet the minimum requirements
of being 50 years old with 25 years experience, part of it in the
Wabash Valley. The Board
needs to know about a musician's career and accomplishment to
determine who is best qualified. This would be a
nearly impossible job without questionnaires.
You can fill out
a questionnaire for yourself, or if you know of a deserving musician, you can fill
one out on their behalf. If you
questionnaire to us, we will reply to let you know we received
it. If you send it via snail mail, you will not
receive a response. This is due to a lack of resources (both
time and money), not a lack of interest. We appreciate
everyone who takes the time to send us a questionnaire. If you
send a questionnaire via snail mail and would like confirmation that
it was received, please send us an email (see the Contact Us page
for our email address) and we will let you know.
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.
First, get a copy of the questionnaire. Click
to view the questionnaire. If you plan to send us a paper
copy, use your browser's Print function
to print the page. If you plan to send the questionnaire electronically, use your browser's Save
As function to save a copy of the questionnaire to your computer.
The questionnaire will open in separate window, so close the window
when you are finished to return here. If you experience
problems with getting a copy of the questionnaire from this web
site, contact us and we will assist you in getting a copy.
Second, fill out the form. If you printed the questionnaire,
fill it out. If you saved the questionnaire to
your computer, open it in Notepad and type the data. The
dotted lines on the questionnaire divide the form into three
sections. Here is how to complete each section:
Section 1 -- Enter the date you filled out the form. Check the first box if you are submitting the form for
yourself. Check the second box if you are submitting the form
for someone else for induction into the Hall of Fame. Check
the third box if you submitting the form to enter someone in the
Band of Angels.
Section 2 -- Skip this section if you are submitting the form for
yourself. Otherwise, enter information about yourself in this
section. We need this information so that we can contact you
if we have questions about the information you provided.
Section 3 -- If you checked the first or second box in Section 1,
be sure to complete all fields
in this section. If you checked the third box in
Section 1, you may skip personal information like address, telephone
number, etc., but
enter all of the remaining information, including years performed.
Please do not to
"cut corners" when filling in the information,
such as writing "Play guitar and other instruments" or "Played in band X and many others". The
purpose of the questionnaire is to help us get to know you and learn
about your musical career, so the
more information and the better the quality of the information, the
quicker we can determine your eligibility. For example, 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.
If you filled out a paper copy, mail or deliver it to us as described at
the bottom of the form. If you saved the file to your
computer, save it again after you enter your data, return to this
web site, go to the Contact Us page, start an email, attach your
file and send it to us.
Upon receipt of your questionnaire, the Hall will enter your
information into our questionnaire database.
for the next Induction Ceremony begin, usually in late Fall, the
Board will review the questionnaires received since the last
Induction Ceremony. If a questionnaire is lacking sufficient
information or there are questions about the information, the Board
or their representative will follow up to obtain more information,
then the questionnaire will be reconsidered.
As a starting point,
a nominee should have spent a
portion of their career performing in the area covered by the Hall
of Fame (Indiana
counties of Vigo, Clay, Sullivan, Vermillion, Parke, Greene, Putnam
and Owen, and Illinois counties of Clark, Edgar and Crawford),
be at least 50 years old and have performed for at least 25 years.
Please be aware that these are the minimum requirements for
induction and meeting these requirements does not guarantee
induction. There are so many musicians who meet the
minimum requirements that the Hall must also consider the
candidate's career and accomplishments. This is why it is
important to include as much information as possible on the
If it is determined that a nominee is qualified for induction, they
will be placed in the Candidate Pool.
If it is determined that a nominee is not qualified, or if the Hall cannot determine whether or not a nominee is
qualified (for example: insufficient information on the
questionnaire and/or invalid contact information), they will not be
placed in the Candidate Pool.
The Hall will retain the questionnaires of these nominees, and will
review these questionnaires periodically to see there have been any changes that would
affect a nominee's eligibility. Nominees can assist the Hall
in this process by submitting a new questionnaire if they have new
information (career, accomplishments, contact information) for the
Hall to consider.
At the appropriate
time, the Board will determine the size of the Induction Class and vote for
nominees in the Candidate Pool. The top vote-getters will
become members of that Induction Class.
Once a nominee has been placed in the Candidate Pool, they will
remain there until they are selected for an Induction Class.
Please be aware that you can expect to
spend some time in the Candidate Pool before being inducted.
There is a misconception that the Hall immediately
admits veteran musicians as soon as they turn 50 years old. While a small number of musicians have been
inducted quickly due to exceptional qualifications and
accomplishments, most nominees will spend a few years in the
Candidate Pool before being selected. Just because someone
doesn't gain admission immediately does not mean that the Hall does
not feel they are
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.
A Note To Candidates:
Please take advantage of our events to show the Hall the person
behind the questionnaire. Attend the Induction Ceremonies.
Participate in the jam session at the picnics. When the Hall
has a chance to get to know you and hear you demonstrate your
skills, it makes the election process go much smoother.
Comments On The
All Halls of Fame,
even the professional sports and music Halls, seem to face the same
types of complaints about their selection process - feelings that
unqualified people are being inducted, or highly qualified people
are being passed over in favor of less qualified people, or other
The Board has made changes over the years to ensure that our
candidates are qualified to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
This is why we made questionnaires a requirement in 2009 and we take
the time to verify the information on them. This Hall retains
in case questions arise in the future.
Selecting candidates will always be a subjective process. The
Board reviews the process every year to see if there are ways to
improve the process. However, there has never been an
Induction Class that pleased everyone, nor is this likely to ever
happen. No matter who makes the selection or what musicians are
selected, there are those who will be unhappy with the result.
Unfortunately, a common reason for a musician not being selected is
that we have not received a questionnaire for them. If there
is a musician you would like to see in the Hall of Fame, the first
step is to make sure that we get a questionnaire. We
understand that there are musicians who don't want to have to do this,
which is why we allow people to submit a questionnaire on a musician's behalf. If we have received a questionnaire, but the
person has not yet been inducted, feel free to speak to us on their behalf.
Our only request is that you do it in a constructive manner.