CMA’S 2014 SRO AWARDS FINAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED


CMA’S 2014 SRO AWARDS FINAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

 Voting on Final
Ballot Begins Today

NASHVILLE – The finalists have been determined for CMA’s
touring industry honors known as the SRO Awards and the final ballot will be emailed
to voters today (June 3).

Ballots will be sent to
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. Final voting
for the SRO Awards will take place online through Friday, June 20. Ballots will be tabulated by the international
accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Finalists were determined during the first round of
the balloting process when voters submitted nominations in each category.  

CMA’s SRO Awards 2014
Final Nominees are as follows (in alphabetical order):

CATEGORY 1 – BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE YEARDuane Clark
Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.
Cheryl Harris – O’Neil Hagaman,
PLLC
Kris
Wiatr
– Wiatr & Associates, LLC

CATEGORY 2 – COACH/TRUCK DRIVER OF THE YEARKelley Beck
Blake Shelton
Ron
Easley
– Jason Aldean
Michael Kersh – Little Big Town

CATEGORY 3 – FOH (FRONT
OF HOUSE) ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Freeman – Brad PaisleyJon Garber – The Band PerryJeff Parsons – Blake Shelton

CATEGORY 4 – LIGHTING
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Taylor
Price
– Hunter Hayes
Steve Richards – Taylor SwiftChris Shrom – Little Big Town

CATEGORY 5 – MANAGER
OF THE YEAR
Robert
Allen
–13 Management
Kerri Edwards – Red Light ManagementJason Owen – Sandbox Entertainment

CATEGORY 6 – TOUR MANAGER
OF THE YEAR
Kevin
Canady
– Blake Shelton
Tristan Kirkbride – Rascal FlattsErica Worden – Taylor Swift

CATEGORY 7 – MONITOR
ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Brad
Baisley
–Blake Shelton
Robert Bull – Martina McBrideJordan Kolenc – Taylor Swift

CATEGORY 8 – PRODUCTION
MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Arthur
Kemish
–Taylor Swift
Joseph Lloyd  Jason
Aldean
Todd
Ortmeier
– Miranda Lambert

CATEGORY 9 – PUBLICIST OF THE YEARMary Hilliard Harrington
– The GreenRoom
Ebie McFarland – Essential Broadcast Media, LLCTree Paine – Premium PR

CATEGORY 10 – TALENT
AGENT OF THE YEAR
Rob
Beckham
– William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC
John Huie
Creative Artists Agency
Darin Murphy – Creative Artist Agency

CATEGORY 11 – TALENT BUYER/PROMOTER
OF THE YEAR
Gil
Cunningham
– Neste Event Marketing
Louis Messina – The Messina GroupBrian O’Connell – Live Nation

CATEGORY 12 – TOUR CATERER
OF THE YEAR              
Dega CateringTaDa! CateringTaste Event Catering

CATEGORY 13 – TOURING MUSICIAN
OF THE YEAR
David
Cook
– Taylor Swift – Keyboard
Devin Malone – Hunter Hayes –
Guitar
John
Thomasson
– Little Big Town – Bass

CATEGORY 14 – VENUE OF THE YEARBank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
– Gilford, NH
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tenn.Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.

CATEGORY 15 – TOUR VIDEO
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Brian
Carico
– Hunter Hayes
Scott Scovill – Moo TVMichael Tinsley – Taylor Swift

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, SRO Awards in 14 categories were
handed out in Nashville during “The 42nd Annual IEBA Conference”
in conjunction with the presentation of the IEBA Awards and Hall of Fame Induction
in October, which is recognized as Country Music Month.

About CMA: Founded 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 7,000
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; the CMA Music
Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour TV special;
and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original
music and Christmas classics for broadcast during the holiday season.  All
of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.

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