Industry Ink: CMA Awards, Music Biz, T.J. Martell Foundation, Johnstone Entertainment

CMA Highlights 50 Years Of Memorable CMA Awards Moments

CMA Awards 50 LogoThe Country Music Association is celebrating 50 years of the CMA Awards, with a 50-part video series showcasing some of the awards show’s most memorable moments from five decades of honoring country music’s brightest stars.

The series is titled “CMA Awards 50/50,” and debuts today (Feb. 23) on the CMA’s social platform. The episodes will be released weekly until later this summer, when CMA will release two each week leading up to the broadcast of the 50th Annual CMA Awards in November.

“We have such a rich history and legacy,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The anniversary of our Awards is the perfect opportunity to share that content with our fans as we gear up for Country Music’s Biggest Night in November.”

The series’ videos highlight an array of performances, collaborations, fashion from the past five decades, memorable host moments, and more.

The “CMA Awards 50/50” series is produced by Wilder Media.

“These are the moments from the Awards over the past five decades that resonate with our artists and fans,” Trahern said. “The CMA Awards reflect a moment in history and popular culture. Many of the artists we talked to for the series watched the show growing up. And now, going back and reflecting on some of those acceptance speeches and performances, evokes some great memories.”

Watch the first installment below.


T.J. Martell Foundation To Be Honored By Music Business Association


The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will present its Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award to the T.J. Martell Foundation in recognition of its four decades of peerless charitable and philanthropic contributions to leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research, among many other accomplishments.

The award presentation will take place during the Music Biz 2016 Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 18, at the Renaissance Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville. It will be accepted by T.J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly and feature a video message from Founder and Chairman Tony Martell.

“The T.J. Martell Foundation has been a guiding light in the music industry for more than 40 years, providing a strong and highly successful model for other music-based charitable efforts to follow,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “From major industry events such as the annual Honors Gala to local fundraising efforts throughout the U.S., the T.J. Martell Foundation has generated more than $270 million in donations toward leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research. Their efforts embody the charitable spirit of our award namesake Harry Chapin, and we are pleased to honor them with this award.”


Shenandoah Signs With Johnstone Entertainment



Grammy Award-winning group Shenandoah has signed with Johnstone Entertainment for management. The band will be represented by Cole Johnstone.

“The confidence that you place in a person should be based on the true understanding you have of their integrity, wisdom and vision,” says Shenandoah original lead singer Marty Raybon. “We feel we made the right decision with Cole Johnstone as our manager as we set our sights on the future.”

Reach Johnstone at [email protected].


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