Pegasus AwardThe Pegasus Award is the premier award in the Filk music field. It is given annually at the Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF).
AwardsThe Pegasus Awards were founded to recognize and honor excellence in filking. Anyone with an interest in filk can nominate songs or individuals for the awards, and anyone can vote. It is not necessary to be a member of the convention to be involved in the nomination and voting process.
Currently awards are given in six categories: Best Song, Best Performer, Best Writer/Composer, Best Classic Song and two topical categories that vary from year to year. Some examples of past categories include: Best Love Song, Best Literature Song, Best Techie Song, Best Sing Along, etc.
The OVFF convention committee solicits nominations for Finalists for the Pegasus Awards (the Nominating Ballot) during the late spring and summer. There is an opinion poll that runs during the year as well to help interested folk brainstorm ideas for the Nominating Ballot. The Finalist Ballot is distributed in the early fall, and must be returned by the opening night of OVFF. Voting can be done online—either to nominate Finalists, or to vote for the Finalists themselves. The final round of voting happens at OVFF itself, where handwritten ballots are collected after the annual Pegasus concert. The entire process is administered by the OVFF convention committee.
Ohio Valley Filk FestThe Ohio Valley Filk Fest, or O.V.F.F. is one of the largest filk music conventions. It is held annually in October in the Columbus, Ohio area. The culmination of the event is the presentation of the Pegasus Award.
The first OVFF was held in 1984 in Cincinnati and was attended by about 80 people; it included the presentation of the first Pegasus Awards. After skipping 1985, it moved to the Columbus area but retained "Ohio Valley" in its name. The convention has been held every year since then, in various locations in the Columbus area. Recent conventions had been held in Dublin, Ohio, but as of 2010 the convention has moved to nearby Worthington, also on the far north side of Columbus.