The Country Music Assocation, the group behind the Country Music Awards (CMAs) is celebrating Country Music Month with 45 days of specially tailored events that will lead up to the associations awards show to air on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
In a proclamation to the industry's importance for his city Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said:
"It is important to recognize and celebrate the numerous contributions that CMA, the Country Music industry and artists have made to our community and to the lives of millions of people around the world."Country Music month started in October of 1964, raising awareness to landmark events in the Country Music industry. October also happens to be the founding months for both the CMAs and WSM Grand Ole Opry.
In 1970 the White House began issues proclamations of their own in support of country music month.
Speaking for his agency CMA CEO Steve Moore said:
"With the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the CMA Awards, we felt it was an opportune time to bring back the tradition of Country Music Month as a platform for our many constituents to raise awareness and celebrate the strength, vitality and appeal of America's music."Events from Monday, Sept. 26 through Wednesday, Nov. 9 includes:
- CMA Songwriter Series events in New York and Nashville
- "Keep the Music Playing" event celebrating music education in public schools
- Launch of CountryMusicMonth.com with daily content updates
- CMA Channel for Country Music Month on iHeartRadio
- Radio and TV PSA campaign featuring education and entertaining Country Music facts by artists and personalities of the format
- CMA giveaways and partner sweepstakes, and more!