COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AND THE CMA FOUNDATION ELECT NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS bdirienzo December 4, 2018 NASHVILLE—The Country Music Association has today announced its new Board of Directors for both CMA and the CMA Foundation. The appointments are effective on Jan. 1, 2019. Bill Simmons, Partner at The Fitzgerald Hartley Company, completes his term as Chairman of the CMA Board, while current CMA Board President Jody Williams, Vice President, Creative, Nashville at BMI, assumes that post. CMA President Elect Kurt Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming at Townsquare Media, will become CMA Board President. Mary Hilliard Harrington, Senior Manager at Red Light Management, has been named CMA Board President Elect, while Clay Hunnicutt, President of Big Loud Records, has been named Secretary/Treasurer of the CMA Board. Jennie Smythe, CEO of Girlilla Marketing, assumes the post of CMA Foundation Chairperson, while current Chair Joe Galante, CEO of Galante Entertainment Organization, becomes CMA Foundation Vice Chair in 2019. “Serving on the CMA Board as Chairman has been one of the greatest honors of my career,” said Simmons. “I’m thankful for everyone, including past Chairs, who encouraged and helped me in this role. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Sarah Trahern is such a gift to CMA, and it’s thanks to her leadership and the CMA staff that the Board’s vision is executed. I congratulate Jody Williams on becoming the Board’s new Chair.” “Our community has so much to celebrate from 2018, and I am excited to step into the role of Chairman in 2019,” said Williams. “I’d like to thank Bill Simmons for his dedication to the board throughout this past year. And I look forward to working with officers Kurt Johnson, Mary Hilliard Harrington, and CMA leader Sarah Trahern in the coming year.” “This year, the CMA Foundation celebrated a milestone investment of $25 million. The work the organization does to help enrich music education programs across the country is essential to our future generations, and I’m incredibly honored to be named the incoming Chair,” said Smythe. “Joe Galante has been an invaluable voice on this board, and I’m eager to continue working alongside him and the path he’s paved through this next year and beyond.” As Vice President, Creative, Nashville, Jody Williams directs all songwriter and publisher relations activities in BMI’s Nashville office. Williams joined BMI in May of 2006 after leading Jody Williams Music, a joint publishing venture with Sony Tree, where he successfully placed songs with major label Country artists and discovered and managed MCA Nashville artist Josh Turner. Williams began his career at BMI in the late 1970s before holding creative positions for several major publishing firms. In 1987, he returned to BMI and rose to Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations. Soon after, Williams was lured into the publishing world again, this time as President of the Nashville division of MCA Music Publishing, which flourished under his leadership, emerging as one of Nashville’s most awarded publishers. During his most recent tenure at BMI, Williams has led his team to capturing an extremely high Country market share percentage not seen in over 30 years. Presently his team oversees the active Nashville music scene for all genres, providing service as well as performance and networking opportunities. A Nashville native, Williams attended the University of Denver. In addition to serving on the CMA Board of Directors, he also serves on the board of The Country Music Foundation. Johnson is Senior Vice President of Programming at Townsquare, a leading media, entertainment and digital marketing solutions company, operating 312 radio stations, 325 local websites, 15 national lifestyle and music websites, and presenting over 500 live events annually. Before joining Townsquare he created and managed top-ranked radio stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas. Across his more than 30-year career he has worked with RKO Radio, Viacom, CBS Radio, Clear Channel, and AM/FM. Johnson currently serves as President Elect of the CMA Board of Directors, President of Country Radio Broadcasters, and executive board member for St. Jude Country Cares Radiothon. He is an active contributor to American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Launchability Dallas and actively participates on several community boards. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin where he studied Civil Engineering and Communications. Smythe began her career in the mid-1990s working for Elektra Entertainment, Spivak-Sobol Entertainment, Disney’s Hollywood Records and more. In the early 2000s, she jumped ship to YAHOO! Music as Director of Marketing and Promotion, which eventually led her to move to Nashville to work for Warner Bros. Records’ New Media Department and then as Clear Channel’s Senior Director of Content and Marketing. In January of 2008, Jennie launched Girlilla Marketing, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2018. Smythe is honored to be an active Country Music Association & CMA Foundation board member, a proud supporter of St. Jude, Music Health Alliance and is the recipient of Nashville Business Journal’s 2017 & 2018 Women in Music City Awards. Following is a list of 2019 CMA Directors and Directors at Large, and CMA Foundation Directors. 2019 CMA DIRECTORS BY MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY Carryover Directors, who are serving the second year of a two-year terms, are listed below along with newly-elected Directors, indicated in bold Advertising/Public Relations/Media Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media, LLC Tyne Parrish, The Greenroom Affiliated Joe Galante, Galante Entertainment Organization Beverly Keel, MTSU Artist Kix Brooks, Brooks & Dunn Darius Rucker Composer Lori McKenna, Creative Nation Music Liz Rose, Liz Rose Music Entertainment Services Frank Bumstead, Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc. Stacey Schlitz, SchlitzLAW International Maria Molin Ljunggren, Freebird Entertainment AB Bob Shennan, BBC Marketing/Digital Jay Liepis, Apple Music Jennie Smythe, Girlilla Marketing Musician Kenny Greenberg, Greenberg Music Derek Wells Personal Manager Kerri Edwards, KP Entertainment Clarence Spalding, Maverick Producer/Engineer/Studio Dann Huff, Dann Huff Productions Publisher/PRO Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Kos Weaver, BMG Publishing Radio Becky Brenner, Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Country Radio Specialists Mike Moore, Entercom Communications Record Company Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville Randy Goodman, Sony Music Nashville Talent Agent John Huie, Creative Artists Agency Talent Buyer/Promoter Gil Cunningham, Neste Event Marketing Brian O’Connell, Live Nation Nashville Touring Personnel David Haskell, Morris Light & Sound Scott Scovill, Moo TV, Centerstaging, and Moo Creative Media Venue John Bolton, SMG Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar Lifetime Directors William Denny, Denny Properties Ralph Peer II, peermusic Directors At Large: Marcie Allen, MAC Presents Allen Anders, AEG Presents Chris Baldizan, MGM Resorts Jim Beavers, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Rob Beckham Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Label Group Steve Blatter, Sirius XM Stephen Bryan, YouTube Music Steve Buchanan Terry Calonge, Richards & Southern Tony Conway, Conway Entertainment Group Virginia Davis, G-Major Entertainment Bob DiPiero, Being Bob Music Chris DuBois, Sea Gayle Music Ann Edelblute, The HQ Brett Eldredge Ted Ellis, Creator Brand Management Co. John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville Karen Fairchild, Little Big Town Mary Hilliard Harrington, Red Light Management Lon Helton, Country Aircheck Clay Hunnicutt, Big Loud Records Brett James, Cornman Music and Management Kurt Johnson, Townsquare Media Marion Kraft, ShopKeeper Management Luke Laird, Creative Nation Jon Loba, BBR Music Group/BMG Matthew Lazarus-Hall, Uncommon Cord Jonathan Levine, Paradigm John Marks, Spotify Michael Martin, ASCAP Shane McAnally, SMACK Deb McDermott, McDermott Media Group Mike McVay, Cumulus Media-Westwood One Charlie Morgan, Emmis Communications Rod Phillips, iHeartMedia Ryan Redington, Amazon Music Bill Simmons, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company Jeff Stevens, Jeff Stevens Music Ben Vaughn, Warner/Chappell Music Troy Vollhoffer, Premier Global Production Company Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music Biff Watson, Biff-Bangs Productions Dwight Wiles, Wiles + Taylor & Co., PC Jay Williams, WME Jody Williams, BMI Sally Williams, Opry Entertainment Chris Young Ex-Officio Members: Jim Free, The Smith-Free Group, LLC Butch Spyridon, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Legal Counsel: R. Horton Frank, Watkins & McNeilly, PLLC Joel Katz, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 2019 CMA FOUNDATION DIRECTORS Kix Brooks, Brooks & Dunn Karen Fairchild, Little Big Town Joe Galante, Galante Entertainment Organization – Vice Chairperson Blair Garner, Cumulus Media Ed Hardy, Hardy Media and Entertainment Group Lon Helton, Country Aircheck John Huie, Creative Artists Agency Ron Samuels, Pinnacle Bank Jennie Smythe, Girlilla Marketing – Chairperson Jody Williams, BMI Chris Young About the Country Music Association Founded in 1958 and celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2018, the Country Music Association is 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 7,600 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; CMA Fest, which benefits the CMA Foundation and music education and is taped for a three-hour network television special, “CMA Fest”; and “CMA Country Christmas.” All of CMA’s television properties air on the ABC Television network. About the CMA Foundation Established in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation is committed to improving and sustaining music education programs across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music education. Through strategic partnerships, professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested more than $25 million across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps and community outreach organizations. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, proceeds from CMA Fest, the four-day long music festival held annually in Nashville, are used to power the CMA Foundation’s social impact and unique model of giving. For more information visit CMAfoundation.org.