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2013 CMA SRO AWARDS WITH KIX BROOKS


KIX BROOKS TO PRESENT THE
2013 CMA SRO AWARDS ON OCT. 22 DURING “THE 43
rd ANNUAL IEBA CONFERENCE,”
SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 19-22 IN NASHVILLE



NASHVILLE – Artist, radio personality, and CMA Board
member Kix Brooks will present the 2013 SRO Awards at the IEBA
Honors and Awards Dinner Oct. 22,
during “The 43rd Annual IEBA Conference,” which will be held Oct. 19-22 in Nashville, Tenn.

“The
SRO Awards honor those that are the unsung heroes of the touring industry,”
said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors. “From
getting the artists to the venues, lighting the stages, making sure the sound
is perfect, to keeping everyone nourished, these are the people that help make
the concert business one of the most successful areas of our business.”

“Each
year IEBA turns the spotlight to buyers who’ve made an impact, not only on the
industry at large, but also on all of us who enjoy the live entertainment experience,”
said Pam Matthews, Executive Director of IEBA.

The awards
dinner will take place on Tuesday,
Oct. 22
(7:00 PM/CT) at the Omni Hotel Nashville. For more information,
visit ieba.org. Advance reservations are required.

The SRO
(Standing Room Only) 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 last
year 13 additional categories returned. This year there are 15 categories and
the 2013 finalists were announced in May.

As previously announced, CMA’s SRO
Awards 2013 Final Nominees are as follows (in alphabetical order):

CATEGORY
1 – BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE YEAR

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

Duane Clark – Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.

Dwight Wiles
– Smith, Wiles Co., P.C.

CATEGORY 2 – COACH/TRUCK
DRIVER OF THE YEAR

Kelley Beck

– Blake Shelton

Caleb Garrett
– Kenny Chesney

Tim Olson
– Toby Keith

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

Greg Huffman
– Jake Owen

Jeff
Parsons
– Blake Shelton

David
Payne
– Taylor Swift

CATEGORY 4 – LIGHTING DIRECTOR OF
THE YEAR

Trevor Ahlstrand

– Martina McBride

Paul Normandale

– Hunter Hayes

Steve Richards
– Taylor Swift

CATEGORY
5 – MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Robert Allen
– 13 Management

Narvel Blackstock

– Starstruck Entertainment

Clint
Higham
– Morris Artists Management

CATEGORY 6 – TOUR MANAGER
OF THE YEAR

Kevin Canady

Blake Shelton

Greg Fowler

– Jake Owen

Erica Worden – Taylor Swift

CATEGORY
7 – MONITOR ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Brad Baisley
– Blake Shelton

Jordan Kolenc
– Taylor Swift

Evan Richner
– Jason Aldean

CATEGORY 8 – PRODUCTION MANAGER OF
THE YEAR

Arthur Kemish

Taylor Swift

Meesha Kosciolek

– Martina McBride

Art Rich
– Blake Shelton

CATEGORY
9 – PUBLICIST OF THE YEAR

Paula Erickson
– Erickson Public Relations

Mary
Hilliard Harrington
– The GreenRoom

Ebie McFarland – Essential Broadcast Media, LLC

CATEGORY
10 – TALENT AGENT OF THE YEAR

Rod
Essig
– Creative Artist Agency

Jay Williams
– William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC

Rob Beckham
– William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC

CATEGORY
11 – TALENT BUYER/PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Louis Messina
– The Messina Group

Brian O’Connell
– Live Nation

Debra
Rathwell
– AEG Live

CATEGORY 12 – TOUR CATERER OF THE
YEAR

Dega Catering

TaDa! Catering

TourCats Catering

CATEGORY
13 – TOURING MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

David
Cook
– Taylor Swift – Keyboard

Robby Emerson
– Jake Owen – Bass

Steve Sinatra
– Hunter Hayes – Drums

CATEGORY 14 – VENUE OF
THE YEAR

Bridgestone Arena

– Nashville, Tenn.

Joe’s Bar

– Chicago, Ill.

Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.

CATEGORY
15 – TOUR VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Jay
Cooper
– Kenny Chesney

Olivier
Goulet
– Taylor Swift

Michael
Tinsley
– Taylor Swift

In addition to the CMA SRO Awards, the
IEBA Industry Awards and Hall of Fame Honors will be presented. IEBA Industry
Awards categories include: Casino buyer of the Year, Club Buyer of the Year, Corporate
Buyer of the Year, Fair Buyer of the Year, Festival Buyer of the Year, International
Buyer of the Year, Promoter of the Year, Venue Executive of the Year, and Rookie
of the Year. IEBA will honor David Corlew with a Career Achievement
Award and induct George & Nancy Jones into IEBA’s Hall of Fame.

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