NASHVILLE – CMA presented Duncan Warwick, the editor of noted British Country Music magazine Country Music People, with the Wesley Rose Media Achievement Award Friday in Norwich, England.
The Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the media, which contribute to the development of Country Music outside the United States. Radio, TV, print journalists, authors, editors, television writers, producers, and PR companies who reside outside the United States are eligible to win this award.
“Ever since George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, and Randy Travis came into my life it has never been the same. I totally immersed myself in Country Music, and there are not words to explain how important it has been in my life. Therefore I am honored and humbled to be recognized by my peers to be the recipient of the CMA Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award,” Warwick said. “Not only would I like to thank those in the industry who selected me to receive this award, I would also like to thank the countless Country artists who have enriched my life, and those behind the scenes, like the songwriters, who continually touch my heart, and the fine musicians who bring it all to life.”
“Duncan has been a champion for Country Music in the U.K. for decades,” said Bobbi Boyce, CMA Director of International Relations. “He has certainly helped raise international awareness and interest in Country Music and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of the format. I am so pleased to honor him with this award.”
Warwick began his career in music at Impulse Promotions, a division of Zomba Records, where he worked as a promotions representative. Warwick was later named Promotions Manager at Zomba Records overseeing the Jive division. He began contributing to Country Music People in the early ‘90s and helped introduce the Kickin’ Cuts chart that continues to be a feature of the magazine.
Warwick was named editor of Country Music People in 2009 and continues to helm the publication, which has published more than 500 issues. The magazine continues to cover not only major label releases, but also traditional and classic Country Music, Americana, rockabilly, bluegrass, and Western swing.
“The way that country music is perceived in the U.K. has always been of concern to me and over the years I have done anything I could to further the cause,” said Warwick.
In addition to his work at Country Music People, Warwick is a regular guest on the BBC Radio Norfolk Country show and has worked to expand Country Music’s radio presence in the U.K. by consulting for various radio stations around the country.
CMA International Awards are voted on by a confidential panel of industry executives from the United States and around the world.
Through awards such as these and events like the International Marketing Summit and CMA Songwriters Series, CMA seeks to recognize and empower its international membership and Country Music fans globally.