NEW YORK CITY — The Annual Voice Arts Awards, which honor the best talent in the voiceover industry, will present the 2017 Backstage Vanguard Award to Emmy Award winner Nancy Cartwright, who is best known for being the voice of Bart Simpson on Fox’s The Simpsons. In addition to her voiceover work, Cartwright founded and operates her own production company, Spotted Cow Entertainment. She is also an active supporter of non-profit organizations such as The Make a Wish Foundation, The Way to Happiness and The Citizen Commission on Human Rights.
The Backstage Vanguard Award will be presented during a special segment of the That’s Voiceover! Career Expo 2017, and is being sponsored by the non-profit Society of Voice Arts & Sciences (www.sovas.org). The Voice Arts awards feature nearly 100 categories across multiple genres. Previous award winners include, Jon Hamm, Kate Winslet, James Earl Jones, Katy Perry and Lena Dunham.
“We are thrilled to be presenting the Backstage Vanguard Award to Nancy,” says Emmy Award-winning producer and SOVAS CEO, Rudy Gaskins. “She is in a class of her own and we are privileged to have her here, in person, accepting this award. This year’s That’s Voiceover!, and Voice Arts Awards will feature some of the top names in entertainment.”
That’s Voiceover! Career Expo 2017 will be held at The Times Center, with the Voice Arts Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, November 5th at Lincoln Center. In addition to Cartwright’s attendance, award winning actress Lily Tomlin will also be there to receive the Voice Arts Icon Award for lifetime achievement.
The Voice Arts Awards also celebrate the power of the voice to impart change in the world. The 2017 award ceremony will present the second annual Muhammad Ali Voice of Humanity Honor to acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. The Muhammad Ali Voice of Humanity Honor was awarded to President Barack Obama last year. This award has the full support of the Muhammad Ali Center and was created in consultation with Muhammad Ali, prior to his passing in 2016.