US: The Global Gaming Expo Canceled, 56th Academy of Country Music Awards Go Live, and More

NATIONAL: EventWell will host its first Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit on July 14 and 15. The digital conference will provide tools and insights to help event professionals with self-care, and for employers to create positive workplace cultures. EventWell is offering free tickets to any event pro who has recently lost work; tickets are available at

The Webby Award-nominated PBS Short Film Festival will return for the ninth year on July 13-24 via all PBS and station digital platforms. The festival will feature 25 short-form independent films presented in five categories: culture, environment, family, humanity, and race. Audiences can watch, share, and vote for their favorite film to win the “Most Popular” award. PBS will also be holding Facebook Watch parties featuring each of the films via the PBS Short Film Festival Facebook page. 

LAS VEGAS: The American Gaming Association and partner Reed Exhibitions formally announced the cancellation of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), which had been scheduled to take place Oct. 5-8. The next live edition of the Global Gaming Expo will take place Oct. 4-7, 2021, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Event organizers will announce plans for virtual events and education in the near future.

LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Convention Center has been awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation on outbreak prevention, response, and recovery. GBAC is a division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) and provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of protocols in response to bio-risk situations.

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NASHVILLE: The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live on April 18, 2021, on the CBS Television Network. Additional details, including the ACM Awards host and performers, location, ticket on-sale dates, hotel information, and more, will be announced in the coming months. The 55th ACM Awards were postponed due to COVID-19 and will take place on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. with host Keith Urban. For the first time in the show's history, it will broadcast from Nashville in venues such as the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe.

NEW YORK: Creative integrated marketing agency BMF announced it has fully absorbed LFB Media Group, the PR firm it acquired in 2017. LFB Media Group becomes the earned media practice at BMF beginning on July 13 with the launch of a new website. 

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