VOTING FOR CMA'S 2015 SRO AWARDS ENDS FRIDAY, NOV. 13

VOTING FOR CMA'S 2015 SRO AWARDS ENDS FRIDAY, NOV. 13

NASHVILLE – Voting to determine the winners in 15 categories for CMA’s touring industry honors known as the SRO Awards ends Friday, Nov. 13 (6:00 PM/CT).

CMA members in the following categories are eligible to vote: Advertising/Public Relations/Media, Affiliated, Artist, Entertainment Services, Marketing/Digital, Musician, Personal Manager, Record Label, Talent Agent, Talent Buyer/Promoter, Touring, and Venue. Ballots will be tabulated by the professional services firm Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

“Much of our business today is done on the road, which makes touring fundamental to growing the fan base and helping launch careers,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It is an honor to recognize these important professionals with our SRO Awards.”

CMA’s SRO Awards 2015 Final Nominees are as follows (in alphabetical order):

CATEGORY 1 – BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Julie Boos – Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.

Jamie Cheek – Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.

Mary Ann McCready – Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.

CATEGORY 2 – COACH/TRUCK DRIVER OF THE YEAR

Kelley Beck – Blake Shelton

James Carroll – Eric Church

John Stalder – Kenny Chesney

CATEGORY 3 – FOH (FRONT OF HOUSE) ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Freeman – Brad Paisley

James McDermott – Dierks Bentley

Jeff Parsons – Blake Shelton

Chris Rabold ­­– Kenny Chesney

CATEGORY 4 – LIGHTING DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Philip Ealy – Kenny Chesney

Jody Marsh – Blake Shelton

Chris Reade – Dierks Bentley

CATEGORY 5 – MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Kerri Edwards – KP Entertainment

Clint Higham – Morris Higham Management

Jason Owen – Sandbox Entertainment

CATEGORY 6 – TOUR MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Todd Bunch – Eric Church

David Farmer – Kenny Chesney

Dan Wise – Hunter Hayes

CATEGORY 7 – MONITOR ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Brad Baisley – Blake Shelton

Marc Earp – Eric Church

Scott Tatter – Dierks Bentley

CATEGORY 8 – PRODUCTION MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Brian Leedham – Blake Shelton

Brian Petree – Garth Brooks

Ed Wannebo – Kenny Chesney

CATEGORY 9 – PUBLICIST OF THE YEAR

Ebie McFarland – Essential Broadcast Media, LLC

Tyne Parrish – The GreenRoom

Wes Vause – Warner Music Nashville

CATEGORY 10 – TALENT AGENT OF THE YEAR

Rob Beckham – William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC

Darin Murphy – Creative Artists Agency

Jay Williams – William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC

CATEGORY 11 – TALENT BUYER/PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Ali Harnell – AEG Live

Louis Messina – The Messina Group

Brian O’Connell – Live Nation

CATEGORY 12 – TOUR CATERER OF THE YEAR              

Dega Catering

Taste Event Catering

Tourcats Catering

CATEGORY 13 – TOURING MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Wyatt Beard – Kenny Chesney – Keyboard

Jenee Fleenor – Blake Shelton – Fiddle/Guitar

Dan Hochhalter – Dierks Bentley – Fiddle

CATEGORY 14 – VENUE OF THE YEAR

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook – Gilford, N.H.

Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tenn.

Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.

CATEGORY 15 – TOUR VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

John Breslin – Garth Brooks

Brandon Campbell – Hunter Hayes

Jay Cooper – Kenny Chesney

The SRO Awards were originally created by the CMA Board of Directors in 1990 to honor outstanding professional achievement within the touring industry. The first SRO Awards were presented at a black tie gala, hosted by K.T. Oslin and Roger Miller, during CMA’s Entertainment Expo, which was also known as the Talent Buyers Entertainment Marketplace. Ten SRO Awards were presented at the first gala and the number of awards swelled to 19 before the last were handed out at SRO ’97. In 2011, CMA brought back the Touring Musician of the Year Award. In 2012, SRO Awards in 14 categories were handed out in Nashville during annual IEBA Conference and in 2013, the Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year award was added bringing the total number of SRO Awards categories to 15.