New President Announced for the CMAA


Well known entertainer, singer and songwriter DOBE NEWTON from iconic group ‘THE BUSHWACKERS’ has taken over the mantel of President of the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) following the resignation of JOHN WILLIAMSON.

Last week, long serving President of the CMAA and Australian music icon JOHN WILLIAMSON tendered his resignation from the role.

The Board of the CMAA regrettably accepted John’s resignation as President of the CMAA, an organisation he has been involved with since its inception. The Board understand his reasons for no longer wanting to remain in the role and wish him continued success with what has already been an amazing career.

DOBE NEWTON’s appointment as the newly Board Elected President will see the veteran performer who has been in the entertainment industry for over 45 years bring his passion, experience and history to the CMAA. Dobe is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and working alongside the Board of the CMAA in his new role.

“I am honoured to be asked to follow in the footsteps of such an industry icon as John Williamson.  We were both members of the inaugural CMAA board, and I share his dedication to and passion for our music – those who make it and those support it. There is no question that these are turbulent times for the entire music industry, but every potential threat also creates opportunities.  It’s our challenge to do what we can to recognise and lessen the threats, and vigorously pursue the opportunities when they occur. I look forward to being a part of the next stage in the CMAA’s proud history”. DOBE NEWTON

JEFF CHANDLER, Chairman of the CMAA commented, “I and the board of the CMAA would like to thank John Williamson for his massive contribution to the association, both as President and as a board member. John was one of the founders of the organisation and we will be forever indebted to him for his vision and commitment to the growth and future development of country music in Australia. We are extremely excited to welcome Dobe Newton as the newly appointed President. Not only is he a highly respected singer, songwriter and musician, he is also very active in the field of music education. Throughout his career, Dobe has worked tirelessly to preserve and promote Australian culture through music. We believe Dobe will embrace his role as CMAA president in the same way that he has with all other aspects if his career and look forward working with him to further the cause of Australian country music”.

The appointment of DOBE NEWTON as President of the CMAA will be first officially seen and recognised at the 2014 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia. The awards, the pinnacle event for the Australian Country Music Industry will witness coveted Golden Guitar trophies presented to artists for the best in recorded products. The awards take place on Saturday 25th January 2014 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre (TRECC). Tickets are on sale now.

The Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) is a national organisation made up of a Board comprised of people from all sectors of the industry who are elected each year to set policy and consider issues relevant to the Australian country music industry. The CMAA maintains a close relationship with other industry bodies (including APRA, AMCOS, ARIA and the PPCA).

The 42nd CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia will be staged on Saturday, 25th January, 2014 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre (TRECC). Tickets are on sale now through www.tcmf.com.au or (02) 67675300. Industry and CMAA Members can purchase their tickets from www.coco2251.staging-cloud.netregistry.net or (02) 67621577.

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