AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is the annual audio show that takes place in Chicago. It had grown into the largest such show in the US and anticipated the largest attendance yet this year. AXPONA 2020 was previously rescheduled for August but it is now canceled. Show organizers hope to make a comeback in 2021.
Stereophile reports that exhibitors will not receive refunds.
Follow this link to see the letter posted on the jdevents.com website
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Here is the full content of the letter, which I just received via email:
“April 30, 2020
Dear AXPONA Community;
It is with heartfelt disappointment but concern for the health and safety of all AXPONA participants that we announce today the official cancellation of AXPONA 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19. We thank everyone who had committed to making the 2020 event into what would have been the largest and most attended AXPONA in history. Although there remains over three months until our August dates, we do not feel 100% confident that we can provide a safe environment for all of our customers and press to network and do business in Schaumburg by that date.
We are reaching out directly to exhibitors, sponsors and attendees this morning with further details. These are enormously challenging times for everyone’s personal and business lives but let us stay strong, caring and united. The industry will come through this together and it will be a better and safer world on the other side. We look forward to hosting a celebratory AXPONA for the ages when we all meet again in 2021.
Joel A. Davis
Founder & CEO
Cover graphic is a screenshot from www.axpona.com