CMA Hires Kevin L. Wilson as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs

CMA Hires Kevin L. Wilson as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs

NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association announced today that Kevin L. Wilson has been hired as the Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. The new position is effective immediately.

“The demands and complexity of our business operations have grown tremendously over the past few years as CMA has expanded our reach internationally and through our various television properties and live events,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Having someone on our staff with Kevin’s many years of entertainment and TV law experience helps position the Association for future strategic growth.

Wilson will have oversight of CMA’s Business Affairs, which includes talent contracts, residual issues, content distribution, and new media. Wilson will report to Trahern.

Kevin Wilson
Kevin L. Wilson has joined CMA as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. Photo Credit: Christian Bottorff / CMA

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the CMA staff and to help the Association further the promotion of Country Music worldwide and to navigate the increasingly complex media landscape,” said Wilson.

Wilson is a highly regarded business affairs executive and entertainment attorney with more than two decades of experience in complex transactions in the entertainment, television, and new media industries. His previous roster of clients includes national television networks, interactive media companies, publishing/new media companies, top-tier talent, and production companies. Before joining CMA, he was self-employed as an attorney and media consultant for clients in the television, interactive media, and entertainment industries.

A native of Garrard County, Kentucky, his professional background includes work with FOX Cable Networks where he served as Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for the Speed network (2002-2013). He was responsible for the legal and business affairs for the network including matters related to original program development, acquisition and production; content distribution and syndication, such as home video licensing, international sales, and clip licensing; trademarks; Internet and social media ( and including e-commerce, online partnerships, and affiliations; legal issues pertaining to marketing support, which included sweepstakes and contests, production and distribution of branded merchandise, as well as music and image licensing; and advertising and sponsorship sales support.

From 1997-2001, Wilson was Senior Counsel  to TNN, CMT, and, which were owned by CBS Corporation (CBS Cable) and subsequently by Viacom International, Inc. (MTV Networks) where he managed the Nashville legal department.

Prior to the acquisition of TNN and CMT by CBS, Wilson was one of two attorneys representing Gaylord Communications Group, which in addition to TNN, CMT, and, included the cable networks CMT International and Z Music Television, three major television stations, three radio stations, and a program syndication business.

From 1992-1996, Wilson was a member of the Corporate Legal Department for Gaylord Entertainment Company in Nashville.

From 1993-2002, he was a member of the Board of Directors and Counsel for Springhouse Golf Classic Corporation, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) that administered the annual BellSouth Senior Classic, a PGA Senior Tour tournament.

He received his BA (cum laude, 1986) from Eastern Kentucky University and went on to receive his JD/MBA from Vanderbilt University School of Law and Owen Graduate School of Management (1990).

Wilson’s notable speaking engagements include the Media Issues Panel for TRAC (The Racing Attorney’s Conference); Media Issues Panel for the Motorsports Law Conference for the North Carolina Bar Association; University of Tennessee School of Law copyright guest speaker; The Development and Growth of NASCAR, for the Sports Lawyers Association; and a presentation on Copyright Issues in the Broadcast Industry for the National Broadcasting Society.

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About CMA:Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,400 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; the CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour TV special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics. All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.