(April 30, 2020) AXPONA’s governing staff has been a steady and determined group throughout the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The show, originally slated to open doors April 17 – 19, attempted to launch as planned until postponing until early August. Now, with several months to go, Founder and CEO of JD Events (Joel A. Davis), has officially pulled the plug.
AXPONA 2020 will not happen.
“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,” said Davis in a statement released earlier today.
According to Davis, AXPONA doesn’t feel “100% confident” in its ability to provide a safe environment for audio fans, exhibitors, and press. At this time, industry exhibitors will not be provided refunds for the 2020 event. According to JD Events, its "entire business has been wiped out by the COVID-19 tsunami." The company says it decided to cancel now as a courtesy to all invested parties, and is currently working on financing options to allow exhibitors to partially roll 2020 deposits into 2021. Ticket holders can apply for a full refund by June 1, 2020 (refund requests must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org), or receive a free companion ticket for applying the ticket price to 2021.
This cancellation raises obvious concerns about the potential loss of other industry shows later this year (including CEDIA 2020, which is set for September 8-12 in Denver, Colorado). The SARS CoV-2 virus and resulting COVID-19 illness situation has remained wildly fluid, making it nearly impossible to predict if other industry events can be held in a safe and responsible fashion.