The ACM has announced an increase in membership to 4,966 professional members, marking the Academy’s highest membership count since the numbers were tracked.
New ACM members visited the Academy’s new headquarters in Nashville’s Wedgewood Houston neighborhood to share their excitement in joining the Academy of Country Music for a new video. New ACM members Madeline Edwards, Ernest, The War And Treaty, and others appear in the exclusive new video.
The interviews were amongst the first pieces of original content captured in the Academy’s new Lisa Lee Content Studio, honoring the beloved Academy staffer who passed away in 2020. Additional videos and content series will be released throughout 2023, to continue to tell the story of the new class and how the Academy plays a pivotal role in their lives, careers, and artistic pursuits.
“Our members are the lifeblood of the Academy of Country Music, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome so many new members into the Academy and to announce that we’ve hit record-high membership heading into 2023,” notes Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “The Academy’s membership is made up of so many essential voices in our country community, and with our growing membership, the Academy is even better able to serve as a powerhouse advocate for fans, artists, and our industry as a whole.”
“For new members and renewed members alike, this is a very exciting time to be part of the Academy with submissions for the 58th ACM Awards opening in January and voting beginning in February,” adds Tommy Moore, VP Artist and Industry Relations, Governance and Board Administration. “ACM members will play an active role in shaping the future of country music through helping the Academy promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, and shaping the genre of country music for a global audience.”
Newly accepted and renewed members qualify to vote for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards, which is set to return to Texas this May for the first time since 2015’s historic 50th anniversary show. Academy members also gain access to a suite of benefits, including early access to tickets for ACM events, discounts on industry partner events, industry data insights, monthly educational and networking events, acclaimed seasonal magazine ACM Tempo, and more.
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