Country Music industry and CMA are celebrating Country Music Month with events
and activities designed to heighten awareness of the format all leading up to
“The 46
th Annual CMA Awards,” known as “Country Music’s
Biggest Night™,” on
Thursday, Nov. 1.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean issued a proclamation
from the city citing the important role and meaningful impact of the Country Music
industry on Nashville’s economy and reputation as a center for the entertainment
business and global tourism.

Dean addressed the CMA Board of Directors today and
said of the proclamation, “It was created to acknowledge in the city of Nashville,
the importance of Country Music, what it means to our city, what it means to our
country, what it means to us as a city in terms of our economy, our reputation
as a center for business and tourism.”

Country Music Month was also recognized
by Tennessee
Governor Bill Haslam who cited the
origins of the music in the hills of Tennessee; the recurring themes reflected
in everyday life; the global popularity of the music; and CMA’s role in broadening
awareness of the format through the CMA Awards, CMA Music Festival, CMA Country
Christmas, CMA Songwriter Series, as well as CMA’s college initiative CMA EDU,
and CMA’s music education campaign, Keep the Music Playing.

stated in the proclamation: “I Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee,
do hereby proclaim October 2012 as Country Music Month in Tennessee and encourage
all citizens to join me in this worthy observance.”

First observed
in October of 1964, Country Music Month was created by the Country Music Association
to celebrate the format and bring additional awareness to landmark events and
institutions in the history of Country Music, including the formation of CMA and
the anniversary of WSM-AM’s Grand Ole Opry. What followed was a groundswell
of support from dozens of states, which issued proclamations in support of the
idea, and eventually the White House with several Presidential Proclamations beginning in 1970.

mission is to advance Country Music around the world,” said
Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive
Officer. “And Country Music Month is another tool for reaching consumers who
embrace our artists and the format culminating with the live broadcast of the CMA Awards.”

CMA events
and industry activities planned for the month include:

  • Return
    of the CMA SRO Awards, honoring members of the touring industry, on Oct. 9
  • CMA Songwriter
    Series events in Chicago (Oct. 24), New York (Oct. 25), and Nashville (Oct. 31)
  • Private
    reception for the 2012 CMA Awards nominees
  • CMA Channel for Country
    Music Month on iHeartRadio
  • The 87th birthday celebration of the Grand Ole Opry
  • Awards
    banquets for Nashville performing rights organizations
  • CMA giveaways and
    more featured on!      

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 11,000 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 and air
Thursday, Nov. 1 on the ABC Television Network; the
CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is also taped for a three-hour
special on ABC; and “CMA Country Christmas,” which is taped
Saturday, Nov.
featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics
for broadcast during the holiday season.

Full 2012 CMA Awards details, including
nominations and performers are available at, which also includes
CMA Awards history, a searchable database of past CMA Awards nominees and winners,
host information, merchandise, and much more. The CMA Awards Store has T-shirts,
hoodies, hats, mugs, tote bags, and more official merchandise for fans to purchase
online. Fans can connect with CMA online at,

is the Official Ride of Country Music.  American Airlines is the Official
Airline of the CMA Awards.  Pepsi is the Official Beverage Partner of the
Country Music Association.

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