The Dance Music Hall of Fame Announces the Inductees for 2005

For Immediate Release -- 8/02/05

New York, NY (August 2, 2005) The Dance Music Hall of Fame, an organization that recognizes the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution and development of dance music, will hold its  Second Annual Induction Ceremony, Monday, September 19th at 7pm at the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center  (West 34th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues) in New York City. The evening will include performances and appearences by  Chic, Gloria Gaynor  and the induction of 15 notable artists, producers, remixers, DJs and individual records. 

This years inductees include Artists Chic ,  Gloria Gaynor , and  Sylvester . Producers  Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff , Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards , Quincy Jones , remixer François K (entering as a dj as well), and DJs  Frankie Knuckles & John "Jellybean" Benitez will also be honored. The five records to be inducted are  " Stayin' Alive" - The Bee Gees, "Got To Be Real" - Cheryl Lynn, "Good Times" - Chic, "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor and "Disco Inferno" - The Trammps.

"The Dance Music Hall of Fame was founded to honor the pioneers of this overlooked genre; to recognize the significant accomplishments made by the DJs, remixers, producers and artists," DMHOF board member Eddie O'Loughlin says.  "[Dance staples like] long versions, remixes and mixshow radio were all developed by our nominees."

Each year the nominating committee and Board of Advisors select nominees in the categories of Performer, Record, Producer, Remixer and DJ. Ballots are then sent to an international voting committee of over 1,000 dance music experts. Artists and others that helped shape the dance music industry become eligible for induction 25 years after their first contribution or record release. Nominations are not based solely on the subject's revenue or popularity. Criteria also include the influence and significance of the nominee's contributions to the development and perpetuation of dance music.

For more information regarding the Dance Music Hall of Fame and the inductee ceremony, please contact: the Dance Music Hall of Fame at publicity@   For ticket information:

Dance Music Hall of Fame ( ) - Founded in 2003, by recording industry executives Brian Chin, Daniel Glass, Eddie O'Loughlin, John Parker and Tom Silverman, the Dance Music Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution and development of dance music and will celebrate the history and significance of dance music through awards and educational programs.

LIFEbeat ( ) the Music Industry Fights AIDS is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reaching America's youth with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention. LIFEbeat mobilizes the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and to provide support to the AIDS community. In 1992, the music industry had not yet addressed the AIDS crisis with a unified voice, although many of its members had succumbed to the disease. Bob Caviano, a respected music manager, wrote an editorial in Billboard disclosing his illness and challenged the industry to take action. A number of high-level executives heeded his call and formed LIFEbeat. Over the years, LIFEbeat has emerged as a leading advocate for prevention efforts directed at youth. Recognizing that music has always played a significant role in the lives of young people, LIFEbeat has carved out a unique niche by effectively using the power of music to reach this population. LIFEbeat strives to cultivate a strong sense of self-worth and self- respect in youth to help them resist negative influences that may lead to engagement in risky behaviors.

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John Parker