The Country Music Association of Australia Inc (CMAA) today announced the appointment of its office bearers for 2018 with artist manager, Dan Biddle appointed to the position of Chairman, and Natalie Waller, Head of ABC Music & Events, appointed as Vice-Chair. The decision of the board was unanimous, and they assume the positions previously held by Dobe Newton (Chairman) and Roger Corbett (Vice-Chair). Dobe has been appointed to the role of President of the CMAA while Roger, as General Manager of the Academy will expand his focus on the growth of the CMAA Academy of Country Music, an institution which has seen some of the biggest stars in country pass through its ranks, and has been identified by the CMAA as an area of growing importance in fostering and developing skills and opportunities for Australian & New Zealand country music artists of all styles. Meryl Davis will continue in the role of Secretary and Ross Johnson as Treasurer, rounding out an executive team which is focused on increasing the profile of Australian & New Zealand country music of all genres globally. Dan Biddle, an artist manager with twenty years’ experience working within record labels and music management said, “It is an honour to be entrusted with the role of Chairman for the CMAA, an organisation that has worked to further the interests of Australasian country music for over 25 years. I want to thank Dobe & Roger for their hard work and dedication to the members of the CMAA over the last 7 years and for steering the organisation towards a great era of confidence within the membership and stability within the industry.” The rest of the board is made up of Justin Thomson (Program/Content Director, KIX Country Radio Network), Lachlan Bryan (Recording Artist), Rebecca Belt (Journalist/Publicist) and Tom Inglis (Manager, HSF Artist Services). Dobe said, “I whole-heartedly support the appointment of Dan and Natalie to the positions of Chair & Vice-Chair and thank Roger for his tireless work over the last 7 years. Renewal through change and fresh ideas are crucial to the ongoing success of the CMAA. The level of talent being displayed by emerging artists is incredible and it’s an exciting time for us all to be part of the country music industry.” ABOUT THE CMAA: OUR OBJECTIVES
  • Foster the growth of the country music in Australia to ensure a long–term and viable industry;
  • Grow the demand for and popularity of Australian country music both domestically and internationally;
  • Encourage, develop and promote the interests of all professionals in the Australian country music industry;
  • Promote knowledge of, interest in and respect for the heritage of Australian country music and the people who create it and perform it;
  • Encourage, develop and promote Australian country music to the world;
  • Grow, manage and maintain the values and standards of the annual Country Music Awards of Australia and the bi-annual CMAA Academy of Country Music;
  • Develop partnerships and alliances to achieve the goals listed above.
TOYOTA GOLDEN GUITAR AWARDS – THE COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS OF AUSTRALIA The CMAA is proud to administer the nomination and voting process of the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards, the pinnacle awards of the Australian & New Zealand country music industry and the longest running music awards in Australia. 2019 will mark the 47th Country Music Awards of Australia and will honor the outstanding success of Australian & New Zealand country music artists, performers, songwriters, producers, and lifetime contributions at a star studded Golden Guitar awards presentation in Tamworth during the Country Music Festival in January. The Toyota Golden Guitar Awards are held at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre every January and is produced by Tamworth Regional Council. The awards are supported by Toyota, the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, APRA AMCOS, Country Music Capital News, Country Music Channel, Sanity, QANTASLINK, Regional Australia Bank and Coca-Cola along with media partner ABC. CMAA ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC The Academy fosters the development of country music careers of emerging artists and musicians in Australia and New Zealand. The CMAA Academy of Country Music is for singers, performers, songwriters and instrumentalists of all ages, and was created in 2009 after the merging of the long running, highly successful CMAA Australian College of Country Music (established 1997) and the Tamworth Camerata Junior Country Music School. The Academy runs two separate residential courses in Tamworth during the course of the year: an intensive two-week curriculum for Senior students aged over 18 in January, and in July each year an 8-day curriculum for students aged under 18 plus their parent/guardian, who undertake their own Parent Business course. LINKS: CMAA: WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: INSTAGRAM: CMAA ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC: WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: INSTAGRAM: For all enquiries contact:

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