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Finding Winners

The Big Apple Awards has always been about rewarding ArtisticPreneurs who make an impact on others – giving of themselves. This is a hard quality to find and in our prior incarnation as the Platinum PIAs, we often sifted through literally hundreds of folks to find the true winners.

Not Just New York

But when we would find someone we would make certain to nominate them and hopefully, if they resided in New York, become a part of the awards ceremony. But the Big Apple Awards are not just about Manhattan, NYC. They are also for anyone making a difference from any part of the country who is making a difference with a community.

Finding Nominees is More Difficult than You Think

Much has changed since we began in 2010, and now for the most part the awards ceremony is online. Thankfully, being online has its own type of community and we don’t mean chat rooms but rather creative people who network with each and support each other. In fact this is how we have sometimes gotten nominees: someone in our network would know someone who should be nominated. These are often the ArtisticPreneurs who have been smart enough to take the right steps to where they are going.

Some of the Qualities We Look For

Creativity, leadership and success oriented rigor are very important qualities of those who get nominated. People who are driven to make a difference are very different than those who aren’t. We have had to develop our own sixth sense when it comes to finding true pioneers and community oriented creatives.

To Promote or Not to Promote

It’s a wonderful thing to let someone know they have been nominated. And then the suspense builds regarding whether or not that person is actually going to win and receive their formerly PIA and now – Apple. Sometimes it is those who deserve the most to win don’t necessarily promote themselves.

Appreciation

One of the key reasons we formed in the first place was to show appreciation for talented ArtisticPreneurs who built communities. All our winners have been very motivated with or without appreciation. But the appreciation shown by presenting winners with a trophy, will hopefully let them know that their work is making a difference. The desire is that they will take the appreciation “in” and be even more motivated to help. Do-gooders need recognition too!

Our Goal

Recognizing outstanding work in the community realm is what we aim for, even now that we are more “virtually” oriented. Every day we take a new step forward.

Is a Name Change Necessary?

One of the groups that is fighting to change the name of the Platinum PIAs to Big Apple Awards is an organization for passionate older persons.


A 10 Year Old with Influence

We’ve got the website ready here at the team central of those who want to change the name of the Platinum PIAs to the Big Apple Awards, but a 10 year old may have thrown a wrench into the name change agenda.

A Vote for Not Changing the Name

It seems that the PIAs founder (who is also known for founding ArtisticPreneur) is being influenced by his 10 year old daughter who loves the Platinum PIAs and doesn’t understand why he would change the name.

Seeking Help

So it was pretty clear to us that we weren’t going to have much luck talking with the founder/father so we decided to call on our old buddies at ArtisticPreneur.com and at ArtistSteps.org.

Long Term Relationships

Our relationship with ArtisticPreneur has always been good. And we knew that they had a lot of influence with the founder. Because we’re a newer entity we don’t have a background of communication with him. But we do with ArtisticPreneur before they were even ArtisticPreneur. And the folks from ArtistiSteps.org we know too. Have known them for quite a while.

TIME CHANGE

We just got off the phone with both ArtisticPreneur and ArtistSteps and were told by both that indeed there is momentum toward maybe keeping the name as the Platinum PIAs because of “branding recognition.” With all due respect, we have worked on engineering the Big Apples Awards’ visibility.

Will this Website Survive?

We have taken a lot of time and effort and put it toward making the phrase “Big Apple Awards” heard all over the internet. But hey, it looks like we’re going back to the original name. But what then happens to this website? It stays if Artist Steps have anything to do with it.

Please Give us Your Feedback

Do we take this website down? Or do we keep it up and maybe start our own Big Apple Awards that is separate from the Platinum PIAs? We’d love your input. Please let us know what you think.