The second edition of Italy's Wind Music Awards will likely be held at the Rome Auditorium in late May or early June and broadcast on the Silvio Berlusconi-owned network Italia Uno in two parts, on June 5 and 12.

A source at organizers Friends & Partners says the promoters are still "defining" the date of the show, which is sponsored by mobile phone company Wind.

The gala will honor Italian artists who sold more than 150,000 CDs or 30,000 DVDs over the previous 12 months.

It is intended to fill the vacuum created by the absence of an official Italian Awards Show.

However, last year's inaugural edition was not well received by the country's indie labels, who felt "excluded." Mario Limongelli, president of the indie representative body, PMI, hopes that this year will be different. He tells Billboard.Biz: "The organizers have contacted us, unlike last year, and we are currently talking to them, with a view to helping to create an event which fully represents Italian music."

In other news from Italy, local star Eros Ramazzotti is to receive a National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) special achievement award in the field of music. The award will be made at the NIAF Ambassador's Ball, which will be held at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida on April 4. Previous recipients include Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Henry Mancini, Perry Como, Lisa Minelli and Jon Bon Jovi.

Meanwhile, another Italian star, Zucchero, is to play at Milan's San Siro soccer stadium on June 14. The concert is the only Italian date in his current "All The Best" World Tour, and is also organized by Friends & Partners.

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