CMA PRESENTS SCOTT BORCHETTA WITH THE JO WALKER-MEADOR AWARD


CMA PRESENTS SCOTT BORCHETTA WITH THE
JO WALKER-MEADOR AWARD

NASHVILLE
– The Country Music Association presented Scott Borchetta,
President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, with the Jo Walker-Meador Award
Wednesday during the Association’s International Media Reception leading up
to “The 46th Annual CMA Awards.”

Named for Country Music Hall of Fame
member and longtime executive director of CMA – Jo Walker-Meador
– the award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual or company in
advocating and supporting Country Music’s marketing development in territories
outside the United States. The award was presented by Walker-Meador and Steve
Moore
, the Chief Executive Officer of CMA.  

“It’s truly an
amazing honor – and Jo it is great to have you here,” said Borchetta upon
receiving the award. “She’s truly a living legend and when you look at her
works, in a lifetime of loving this music, there’s probably nobody more important
than Jo…And so, I am honored today.”

“Scott is a passionate proponent of
Country Music,” said Moore. “He actively and successfully promotes our format
across the globe and has raised the international profile of Country Music.”

Borchetta
founded Big Machine in 2005. He was an early supporter and has been a consistent
advocate of developing international markets for artists on his roster.

For example,
Taylor Swift has toured and sold out major venues around the world. She has Platinum
selling albums, topping radio and sales charts where Country Music is not traditionally
popular in countries such as India.

The Band Perry, on the Republic Nashville
imprint, recently visited the UK where they were well received by BBC Radio. The
sibling group will be touring in Europe later in the year and their debut album
The Band Perry will be released in five territories.

“Scott
has a global vision and has opened the door for other Country Music artists,”
Moore said. “He is helping to change the perception of Country Music internationally
and very deserving of this award.”

Previous recipients of the Jo Walker-Meador
Award include:

1994 Trisha Walker-Cunningham, TWI

1995 CMT: Country Music Television

1996 Bob Saporiti,
Warner/Reprise Records Nashville

1997 Barry
Coburn, Ten Ten Management

1998 Judy Seale,
Refugee International

1999 Sarah Brosmer &
Kate Farmer, MCA Nashville & Universal International

2000 Jeffrey Stothers, Gone Country Promotions

2001 Iain Snodgrass, Universal Music International, UK

2002 Sheila Hamilton, Canadian Country Music Association, Canada

2003 Meryl Gross, Australia

2004 Jeff Green,
R&R, USA

2005 Greg Swain, Telstra, Australia

2006 Alan McBlane, Mcb3, UK

2007 Heather Ostertag,
FACTOR, Canada

2008 Mark Moffatt, USA

2009 Michael Chugg, Michael Chugg Entertainment, Australia

2010 John Lomax III, Roots Music Exporters, USA

2011 Ralph Murphy, ASCAP, USA

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The
Country Music Association presented Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big
Machine Label Group, with the Jo Walker-Meador Award Wednesday during the Association’s
International Media Reception leading up to “The 46th Annual CMA Awards.”
The award was presented by Walker-Meador and Steve Moore, the Chief Executive
Officer of CMA. (l-r) Borchetta, Walker-Meador, Moore.

Photo
credit: Christian Bottorff/CMA

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