Martina McBride will be honored during The Music Business Association’s (Music Biz) 2015 Awards Luncheon, a convention held for the first time in Nashville from May 12-14.
McBride will be presented the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at 12 p.m., Thursday, May 14, at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville. The event is also slated to honor her, again, label president Scott Borchetta.
McBride’s philanthropic efforts recognized include work as the spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Tulsa Domestic Violence. She also aligned with Loveisrespect and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. Her songs, most notably “Independence Day,” “A Broken Wing” and “Concrete Angel,” have also brought light to the issue.
McBride has also lent her support to various other organizations such as hosting the Middle Tennessee’s YWCA Celebrity Auction every year since 1995 – raising more than $500,000 – and working with the Kids Wish Network to fulfill the wish of a young girl battling Muscular Dystrophy. In 2010, she performed “Unchained Melody” during the Stand Up 2 Cancer Telethon with Leona Lewis, Aaron Neville, and Stevie Wonder.
Additionally, McBride empowers fans through Team Martina, a global charity group that has raised over $275,000 to make the world a better place through music. In Nashville, she and her team raised over $40,000 for a cancer research at Vanderbilt University while the Atlanta group raised $33,000 to help the city’s green space for urban kids. Team Martina also raised money to fund a music education program for Covenant House, a shelter for orphaned and abused girls, in Guatemala. Fans also have the opportunity to participate in hands-on volunteering.
“I believe that anyone blessed enough to achieve success has a responsibility to help those in need,” said McBride. “While my goal was never to be recognized for my charitable efforts, this award is proof that we can all make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of others. I hope this recognition will encourage more people to support worthy organizations that speak to their hearts.”
McBride most recently signed to Nash Icon Records, a joint venture between the Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus, and is expected to release new music this year. Last night (Jan. 14) she performed with Gladys Knight and British singer Estelle in Nashville.
Registration is available now, with early bird discounts available until March 8. For more information, visit MusicBiz2015.com.
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