CMA's 2014 SRO Awards Final Nominees Announced Scott Frans June 3, 2014 Voting on Final Ballot Begins Today NASHVILLE – The finalists have been determined for CMA’s touring industry honors known as the SRO Awards and the final ballot will be emailed to voters today (June 3). Ballots will be sent to CMA members in the following categories: Advertising/Public Relations/Media, Affiliated, Artist, Entertainment Services, Marketing/Digital, Musician, Personal Manager, Record Label, Talent Agent, Talent Buyer/Promoter, Touring, and Venue. Final voting for the SRO Awards will take place online through Friday, June 20. Ballots will be tabulated by the international accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. Finalists were determined during the first round of the balloting process when voters submitted nominations in each category. CMA’s SRO Awards 2014 Final Nominees are as follows (in alphabetical order): CATEGORY 1 – BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE YEAR Duane Clark – Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc. Cheryl Harris – O’Neil Hagaman, PLLC Kris Wiatr – Wiatr & Associates, LLC CATEGORY 2 – COACH/TRUCK DRIVER OF THE YEAR Kelley Beck – Blake Shelton Ron Easley – Jason Aldean Michael Kersh – Little Big Town CATEGORY 3 – FOH (FRONT OF HOUSE) ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Kevin Freeman – Brad Paisley Jon Garber – The Band Perry Jeff Parsons – Blake Shelton CATEGORY 4 – LIGHTING DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Taylor Price – Hunter Hayes Steve Richards – Taylor Swift Chris Shrom – Little Big Town CATEGORY 5 – MANAGER OF THE YEAR Robert Allen –13 Management Kerri Edwards – Red Light Management Jason Owen – Sandbox Entertainment CATEGORY 6 – TOUR MANAGER OF THE YEAR Kevin Canady – Blake Shelton Tristan Kirkbride – Rascal Flatts Erica Worden – Taylor Swift CATEGORY 7 – MONITOR ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Brad Baisley –Blake Shelton Robert Bull – Martina McBride Jordan Kolenc – Taylor Swift CATEGORY 8 – PRODUCTION MANAGER OF THE YEAR Arthur Kemish –Taylor Swift Joseph Lloyd – Jason Aldean Todd Ortmeier – Miranda Lambert CATEGORY 9 – PUBLICIST OF THE YEAR Mary Hilliard Harrington – The GreenRoom Ebie McFarland – Essential Broadcast Media, LLC Tree Paine – Premium PR CATEGORY 10 – TALENT AGENT OF THE YEAR Rob Beckham – William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC John Huie – Creative Artists Agency Darin Murphy – Creative Artist Agency CATEGORY 11 – TALENT BUYER/PROMOTER OF THE YEAR Gil Cunningham – Neste Event Marketing Louis Messina – The Messina Group Brian O’Connell – Live Nation CATEGORY 12 – TOUR CATERER OF THE YEAR Dega Catering TaDa! Catering Taste Event Catering CATEGORY 13 – TOURING MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR David Cook – Taylor Swift – Keyboard Devin Malone – Hunter Hayes – Guitar John Thomasson – Little Big Town – Bass CATEGORY 14 – VENUE OF THE YEAR Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tenn. Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn. CATEGORY 15 – TOUR VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Brian Carico – Hunter Hayes Scott Scovill – Moo TV Michael Tinsley – Taylor Swift 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 and in 2012, SRO Awards in 14 categories were handed out in Nashville during “The 42nd Annual IEBA Conference” in conjunction with the presentation of the IEBA Awards and Hall of Fame Induction in October, which is recognized as Country Music Month. 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 7,000 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 for broadcast during the holiday season. All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.