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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Presented with CMA Founding President’s Award

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Presented with CMA Founding President’s Award

NASHVILLE – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s many contributions to the music industry in Music City were recognized during the CMA Board of Directors meetings in Nashville today when Dean was presented the CMA Founding President’s Award by CMA Board President Ed Hardy. “Mayor Dean has been a constant and ardent supporter of CMA and the music industry,” said Hardy. “Music is a powerful tool and under hi... »

Country Music Consumers and Retail Shopping

Country Music Consumers and Retail Shopping

CMA conducted research among CMA Insiders, a proprietary Country Music Consumer panel, to identify retail shopping habits of Country Music Consumers. CMA Members can access the full study at my.CMAworld.com. »

CMA Hires Damon Whiteside as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships

CMA Hires Damon Whiteside as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships

NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association announced today that Damon Whiteside has been hired as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships effective Jan. 6, 2014. “Damon is a highly-accomplished marketing and branding executive with extensive senior level marketing experience and a proven track record,” said CMA President of the Board Ed Hardy. “We are fortunate to have someone with ... »

Quicken Loans to Sponsor Final George Strait Tour

Quicken Loans to Sponsor Final George Strait Tour

George Strait Brand: Quicken Loans   Partnership Details Country legend George Strait and Quicken Loans are teaming up in 2014 for Strait’s final tour, “The Cowboy Rides Away.” Quicken Loans President and Chief Marketing Officer, Jay Farner said, “It is an absolute honor to sponsor George Strait’s final tour. George means so much to Country Music fans everywhere, and we cant... »

Sarah Trahern Named CMA Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Trahern Named CMA Chief Executive Officer

The CMA Board of Directors has named music and television industry veteran Sarah Trahern as CMA’s Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2014.  She joins CMA from Scripps Networks Interactive’s Great American Country (GAC) where she has been Senior Vice President and General Manager. “The CMA Board Search Committee, chaired by Board Secretary/Treasurer and Warner Music Nashville Presiden... »

Mary J. Blige, Lady Antebellum, and Peanuts Characters Join CMA Country Christmas Dec. 2 on ABC

Mary J. Blige, Lady Antebellum, and Peanuts Characters Join CMA Country Christmas Dec. 2 on ABC

Hosted by Jennifer Nettles, the Special Tapes Friday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Audience Encouraged to Bring an Unwrapped Toy to the Taping to Make the Holidays Brighter for a Homeless Child NASHVILLE – The music and traditions of the holidays are center stage for “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted by Jennifer Nettles airing Monday, Dec. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC T... »

Kenny Rogers Presented with The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

Kenny Rogers Presented with The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

NASHVILLE – Country Music Hall of Fame member and musical icon Kenny Rogers was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented Wednesday during “The 47th Annual CMA Awards.” “Kenny is a legend and a musical innovator who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of Country Music around the world,” said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors. ... »

Journalist Deborah Evans Price Receives 2013 CMA Media Achievement Award

Journalist Deborah Evans Price Receives 2013 CMA Media Achievement Award

NASHVILLE – Freelance journalist and author Deborah Evans Price was presented the 2013 CMA Media Achievement Award in the backstage media center during “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” Wednesday night. “I’m so honored to win the CMA Media Achievement Award this year, especially when I think of all the wonderful journalists who precede me like Chet Flippo, my beloved former bureau chief at ... »

CMA Presents CMA Close Up Awards of Merit

CMA Presents CMA Close Up Awards of Merit

NASHVILLE – For the first time ever, the Country Music Association presented its coveted CMA Close Up Award of Merit to winners in two divisions, Journalism and Photography. The 2013 recipients are student journalist Kelly Dean and student photographer Caitlin Harris, both selected for demonstrating the most creativity, dedication, and promise in covering the CMA Music Festival on assignment from ... »

CMA Awards Ratings Surge to Four Year High

CMA Awards Ratings Surge to Four Year High

ABC Dominates Wednesday with “The 47th Annual CMA Awards,” Posting its First Win on the Opening Wednesday of Any Sweep in Six Years “CMA Awards” Surges by Double Digits in Viewers and Young Adults, Drawing its Biggest Audience in Four Years and Second Largest in Eight Years Wednesday’s Most Social TV Show, CMA Awards Earns 1.67 Million Tweets ABC Wednesday Prime (8:00-11:00 p.m. – 16.6 million and... »

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