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CMA Music Teacher of Excellence Award Program Celebrates Music Educators in Nashville

CMA Music Teacher of Excellence Award Program Celebrates Music Educators in Nashville

For the first time in the nation, 50 music teachers from one district are being recognized for their dedication to their students, commitment to teaching, and their undeniable role in enriching the community and their...Read full article... »

CMA Announces Key Consumer Research Findings

CMA Announces Key Consumer Research Findings

CMA released key findings this week from an extensive consumer research initiative: “Understanding Today’s Shifting Consumer Landscape and Changing Country Music Audiences, Music Choices, and Behaviors.” The results are being made available to CMA members during...Read full article... »

CMA Staffers Visit Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

CMA Staffers Visit Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Since the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo began in 1932, more than $400 million has been committed to the youth of Texas. Currently, more than 2,200 students are on Show scholarships, attending more than 80...Read full article... »

Early Fan Fair Performers Remember Event Origins

Early Fan Fair Performers Remember Event Origins

Watch as Bill Anderson, Jo Walker-Meador, and more remember the beginning of Fan Fair. A history of the event can be found in the Spring 2016 issue of CMA Close Up. »

Merle Haggard (1937 – 2016)

Merle Haggard (1937 – 2016)

Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard, born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, Calif., passed away Wednesday, April 6. He was 79. In an era when journalists and fans often saw Country artists through...Read full article... »

PHOTOS: CMA announces 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees

PHOTOS: CMA announces 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees

CMA announced today that Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster, and Randy Travis are the newest inductees of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame. Daniels will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, while Travis will...Read full article... »

CMA Songwriters Series Debuts at SXSW Music Festival

CMA Songwriters Series Debuts at SXSW Music Festival

CMA Songwriters Series returned to Austin to make its South by Southwest Music Festival debut at the Paramount Theatre Saturday. 2014 CMA Song of the Year Award winners Kacey Musgraves and Shane McAnally were joined...Read full article... »

PHOTOS: CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES AT C2C LONDON

PHOTOS: CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES AT C2C LONDON

The CMA Songwriters Series traveled to the U.K. Thursday night for a show at London’s indigo at The O2 to kick off the 2016 C2C (Country 2 Country) Festival. Charles Esten, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna,...Read full article... »

Sonny James (1928 – 2016)

Sonny James (1928 – 2016)

Country Music Hall of Fame member Sonny James, who was born James Hugh Loden on May 1, 1928 in Hackleburg, Ala. (95 miles northwest of Birmingham), passed away Monday. He was 87. The boy who...Read full article... »

PHOTOS: 2015 SRO AWARDS

PHOTOS: 2015 SRO AWARDS

The winners were announced Monday for CMA’s touring industry honors known as the SRO Awards. The trophies were presented at an industry event at Marathon Music Works in Nashville hosted by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. “Our...Read full article... »

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