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Coronavirus Updates & Resources

As concerns surrounding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, postponements and available resources are also on the rise.

The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards, previously scheduled for March 29 at the Shrine Auditoriums in Los Angeles, will be rescheduled for a later date. Refunds are being issued to ticketed guests, though voting will continue through March 23. "The safety of our guests, employees, artists and partners is our main priority," says the company in an official statement. "iHeartMedia and FOX-TV will plan to reschedule at the appropriate time and will provide more information and relevant updates as they become available."

Country Thunder Music Festival in Florida, slated for March 27-29, has been postponed and will now take place Oct. 16-18 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL. "We look forward to the rescheduled dates in Florida and getting back to see some of the greatest country fans in America," says CEO Troy Vollhoffer via a release. Headliners Eric Church, Kane Brown and Dierks Bentley have all been re-confirmed for the new dates, and all ticketing and camping options will be honored for the rescheduled dates.

Rock The Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival has been postponed from its previously scheduled April 17-19 dates to Oct. 2-4. All festival passes previously purchased will be honored in October. Additional information and a complete lineup is available here.

MerleFest 2020, originally set for April 23-26 in Wilkesboro, NC, has been cancelled. Ticketholders are being presented with three options: converting the purchase to a donation, rolling tickets forward to MerleFest 2021 or refunding the ticket price. "While this decision is disappointing for all of us, we fully support the directive from our county officials," say event organizers via the website. "The health, safety and well-being of all involved with MerleFest is and always will be our primary concern."

Meanwhile, Sun Broadcast Group is offering free programming for stations affected by the pandemic. Available programming includes Country offerings The Sam Alex Show, Ashley & Brad, Country Fried Mix With DJ Sinister and Red Cup Country. "Our offer of free programming and services for radio's use to better serve their local communities is exactly what we need to do right now," says Chief Development Officer Danno Wolkoff. "Let's all serve, inform and protect our listeners together." Stations in need of programming can reach out to SBG and receive anything currently available in their market, as long as needed, free of charge with no contracts needed. Details here.

Beasley/Boston, including Country WKLB, has unveiled Operation Gift Card: New England supporting restaurants and businesses in the Greater Boston area. "With local restaurants and small businesses experiencing a number of restrictions, including restaurants moving towards a take-out/delivery only model by March 17, we wanted to show our support during these challenging times," says VP/MM Mary Menna. As part of the company's "We Are All In This Together" campaign, the cluster is inviting area restaurants to submit a link to feature their gift card pages on all Beasley/Boston websites free of charge.