CMA Presents Borchetta With Jo Walker-Meador Award

Pictured (L-R): Borchetta, Walker-Meador, Moore. Photo: Christian Bottorff

Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, was presented with the Country Music Association’s Jo Walker-Meador Award during the Association’s International Media Reception, yesterday (10/31). The award was presented by Jo Walker-Meador and CEO, Steve Moore.

“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.”

Named for Country Music Hall of Fame member and longtime executive director of CMA – 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.

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

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 including Taylor Swift and The Band Perry.

Previous recipients of the Award include:
2011 Ralph Murphy, ASCAP, USA
2010 John Lomax III, Roots Music Exporters, USA
2009 Michael Chugg, Michael Chugg Entertainment, Australia
2008 Mark Moffatt, USA
2007 Heather Ostertag, FACTOR, Canada
2006 Alan McBlane, Mcb3, UK
2005 Greg Swain, Telstra, Australia
2004 Jeff Green, R&R, USA
2003 Meryl Gross, Australia
2002 Sheila Hamilton, Canadian Country Music Association, Canada
2001 Iain Snodgrass, Universal Music International, UK
2000 Jeffrey Stothers, Gone Country Promotions
1999 Sarah Brosmer & Kate Farmer, MCA Nashville & Universal International
1998 Judy Seale, Refugee International
1997 Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Management
1996 Bob Saporiti, Warner/Reprise Records Nashville
1995 CMT: Country Music Television
1994 Trisha Walker-Cunningham, TWI

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