Trophies Presented at CMA’s
Touring Industry Celebration in Nashville
NASHVILLE – The winners were announced tonight for
CMA’s touring industry honors known as the SRO Awards. The trophies were presented
at an industry event hosted by road veteran Kix Brooks at Marathon Music Works in Nashville.
“Our members in the touring
industry are among the industries hardest working professionals and their many
contributions to the format deserve attention and a standing ovation,” said
Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
More fun than a barrel of roadies,
the SRO Awards celebration was a musical mashup of everything that makes Country
Music tours among the most popular and profitable business centers for the industry.
The winners in 15 categories were determined by 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. Ballots were tabulated by the international
accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
CMA’s SRO Awards 2014 Winners are as follows:
CATEGORY 1 – BUSINESS
MANAGER OF THE YEARDuane
Clark – Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.
CATEGORY 2 – COACH/TRUCK DRIVER
OF THE YEARRon
Easley – Jason Aldean
CATEGORY 3 – FOH (FRONT OF HOUSE) ENGINEER OF THE YEARJeff Parsons – Blake Shelton
CATEGORY 4 – LIGHTING
DIRECTOR OF THE YEARSteve
Richards – Taylor Swift
CATEGORY 5 – MANAGER OF THE YEARKerri Edwards – Red Light Management
CATEGORY 6 – TOUR MANAGER
OF THE YEARKevin
Canady – Blake Shelton
CATEGORY 7 – MONITOR ENGINEER OF THE YEARBrad Baisley – Blake Shelton
CATEGORY 8 – PRODUCTION
MANAGER OF THE YEARTodd
Ortmeier – Miranda Lambert
CATEGORY 9 – PUBLICIST OF THE YEARMary Hilliard Harrington – The GreenRoom
CATEGORY 10 – TALENT
AGENT OF THE YEARRob
Beckham – William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC
CATEGORY 11 – TALENT BUYER/PROMOTER
OF THE YEARBrian
O’Connell – Live Nation
CATEGORY 12 – TOUR CATERER OF THE YEAR
CATEGORY 13 – TOURING MUSICIAN OF THE YEARJohn Thomasson – Little Big Town – Bass
CATEGORY 14 – VENUE OF
Auditorium –Nashville, Tenn.
CATEGORY 15 – TOUR VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEARScott Scovill – Moo TV
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 and 2013, SRO Awards in 14 categories
were handed out in Nashville during the annual IEBA Conference.