CMA and IEBA are partnering to present the 2012 CMA SRO Awards at a dinner Oct. 9, at the conclusion of “The 42nd Annual IEBA Conference,” which will be held Oct. 7-9 in Nashville.
“Culminating the IEBA Conference with the presentation of the return of the CMA SRO Awards makes perfect sense,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. “IEBA supports the touring industry and the CMA SRO Awards recognize the best in the business as determined by our CMA members in the ‘live’ community.”
“The IEBA Conference is all about the live performance,” said IEBA Executive Director, Tiffany Davis. “IEBA is honored to be sharing this evening with CMA to present the SRO Awards in conjunction with the IEBA Awards and Hall of Fame Induction.”
The award dinner will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 9 (6:30 PM/CT) in the ballroom of the Sheraton Downtown Nashville. For more information visit ieba.org. Reserved seating is required.
The SRO (Standing Room Only) Awards were originally created by the CMA Board of Directors in 1990 to honor outstanding professional achievement within the touring industry.
The first SRO Awards were presented at a black tie gala, hosted by K.T. Oslin and Roger Miller, during CMA’s Entertainment Expo, which was also known as the Talent Buyers Entertainment Marketplace. Ten SRO Awards were presented at the first gala and the number of Awards swelled to 19 before the last were handed out at SRO ’97. Last year, the Touring Musician of the Year Award was once again presented, with 13 additional categories returning this year. Finalists were announced in May. Voting in the final round is complete and winners in each of the categories will be announced in September. Ballots were tabulated by the international accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
In addition to the CMA SRO Awards, the IEBA Industry Awards and Hall of Fame will be presented. Categories include: Fair Buyer of the Year, Festival Buyer of the Year, Club Buyer of the Year, College Buyer of the Year, Corporate Buyer of the Year, Casino Buyer of the Year, Emerging Talent Agent of the Year, Venue Executive of the Year, Special Honors, and the Hall of Fame Induction. IEBA Award voting information will be sent to IEBA members in July.
International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is a non-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970, IEBA provides networking, showcasing and educational opportunities to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry. IEBA showcases the best and brightest talent in all genres of music and all fields of entertainment. IEBA is an intimate organization that makes a huge impact. At IEBA ...The Buying Starts Here. www.ieba.org Country Music Association: More than 11,000 music industry professionals and companies around the globe are members of CMA. Formed in 1958 as the first trade association for a single genre of music, the organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry while advancing the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s strategic imperatives – CMA Music Festival and the companion CMA Music Festival television special; the CMA Awards, recognized as Country Music’s Biggest Night™; and CMA’s latest television venture “CMA Country Christmas.” All of CMA’s TV properties air on the ABC Television Network through 2021. For information about CMA visit www.CMAworld.com.