Keith Urban Announced As 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award Recipient

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 14, 2015) – The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced Keith Urban as the recipient of the 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award, to be presented during the opening ceremonies of Country Radio Seminar on Feb. 8, 2016. Last year’s Artist Humanitarian Award recipient, Lady Antebellum, will be on hand to present Urban with this year’s award.

The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor Country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career.

CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne comments, “Keith Urban is a true humanitarian who gives out of love, passion, spirit, and generosity. It’s been an honor to witness quietly from the sidelines, the amount of time, talent, and passion that Keith has selflessly given over his life and career. The impact and reach of his generosity has effected so many and is so broad in scope and depth – his is a bar of humanitarian effort, that we all can be inspired by!”

Over the years, Urban has been a strong supporter of numerous benefit concerts, including the annual “All For The Hall” Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum benefit concerts, which has raised nearly $3 million in proceeds. In addition, he’s been and remains a supporter of The Grammy in the Schools program, Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund and was recently named the first Ambassador of the CMA Foundation.

He is a continued supporter of the “Make A Wish” Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As an advisory board member at St. Jude, Urban has visited the hospital and produces a calendar each year with all net proceeds going to St. Jude. Since their inception in 2003, these calendars have raised more than $850,000 for the life-saving mission of the hospital.

Following the 2010 Nashville flood, he was very active in the relief efforts and participated in the re-opening of the Grand Ole Opry House, Marty Stuart’s “Late Night Jam,” GAC and Vince Gill telethons; all to raise funds for flood relief.

Additionally, he has supported our nation’s troops and the Navy SEALS Foundation. Urban donated to the foundation his share of artist and publishing royalties from his song “For You,” which reached a total of $300,000.

He was also the first Ambassador for the CMA Foundation’s Education Program and has donated from his line, URBAN guitars, to five Music Education Matters partner programs across the country, including programs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City and San Francisco. He’s also donated URBAN guitars to the Grammy Foundation and its MusiCares program, as well as donating proceeds from the guitars to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to keep musical instruments in schools.

Past recipients of the Artist Humanitarian Award have included Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks and Charlie Daniels, among others.

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About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel. Visit for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

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TUNE-IN ALERT: Keb’ Mo’ Returns To A Prairie Home Companion On Dec. 12

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 10, 2015) On Dec. 12, Three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Keb’ Mo’ is set is to return to A Prairie Home Companion for the final live broadcast of their holiday run at The Town Hall in New York City. The show, hosted by Garrison Keiller, will air on local public radio stations across the country between 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Eastern and will also be available for streaming live on the Prairie Home Companion website, Following its initial airtime, the show will be posted on on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 ET. Today, 4 million listeners hear A Prairie Home Companion each week on nearly 700 public radio stations, online, and on the American Forces Networks, SiriusXM Radio, Radio New Zealand, and KPRG in Guam.

For more information on Keb’ Mo’ or to view a list of upcoming tour dates, please visit and follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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Keb’ Mo’ Performs At Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For the Holidays Benefit Concert

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 9, 2015) Keb’ Mo’ recently joined a star-studded lineup to perform at the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For the Holidays benefit concert. The Dec. 5 concert, which featured performances from headliner Cyndi Lauper and friends Keb’ Mo’, Natasha Bedingfield, Boy George, Richie Sambora and Orianthi, Kurt Vile, Cam, Judy Gold, Ledisi, Angela McCluskey, Sharon Osbourne, Jordan Pundik, Valerie Simpson, Anne Steele, Joey Taranto, Justin Tranter and was hosted by Carson Kressley, raised funds for the True Colors Fund. True Colors Fund is Lauper’s charity dedicated to raising awareness, working with the government, conducting research, collaborating with youth and developing communities and solutions to prevent and end LGBT youth homelessness. Research shows that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth in the U.S. identify as LGBT, and the most common reason for their homelessness is family rejection. This year’s benefit concert was held at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.


Pictured above (l to r): Arista Nashville recording artist, Cam, Keb’ Mo’ and author and advocate, Mary Fisher, gathered together at the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For the Holidays benefit concert on Saturday, Dec. 5. Photo provided by: Aristo P.R. // Hi-Res


Pictured above: Keb’ Mo’ performed at the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For the Holidays benefit concert on Saturday, Dec. 5. Photo courtesy of True Colors Fund // Hi-Res

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Tis’ The Season For Saving On CRS 2016 Registration

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 7, 2015) In spirit of the holiday season, Country Radio Seminar is offering a $100 discount on CRS 2016 registrations, available now through Jan. 7. Following the deadline, the $529 per person rate will increase to $629. To register for the three-day event, held Monday, Feb. 8 through Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Omni hotel, visit today.

In addition, a limited number of Omni Hotel rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here. The CRS Rate booking code is 020616CRB2016.

Country Radio Seminar is the premiere educational and networking event for Country radio and music industry professionals, offering attendees access to informative panels, countless networking opportunities, prominent speakers, research presentations and intimate performances from some of today’s biggest stars and emerging artists. Panels at CRS cover a broad range of topics relevant to today’s Country radio industry, including: social media and digital innovations, PPM, brand strategies, leadership skills, consumer research studies, the relationships and economics of the radio and record industries and much more.  An advance agenda was released earlier this week and is available at

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Dianna Corcoran Embarks to the Big Apple in Support of Forthcoming Album, In America

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 7, 2015) – Australian-born songstress and guitar player, Dianna Corcoran, recently visited with the staff at Glamour Magazine, SELF Magazine and Spotify in New York, N.Y in support of her forthcoming album, In America. Dianna was in town for her performance at Rockwood Music Hall on Dec. 2. The album will be Dianna’s stateside debut, which is set to release on Jan. 29, 2016.

For more information on Dianna Corcoran, visit her official website at and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Pictured above: Dianna Corcoran (right) with Glamour Magazine’s Associate Digital Editor, Anna Moeslein.

Pictured above: Dianna Corcoran (left) with SELF Magazine’s Entertainment Assistant, Elyse Roth.

Pictured above: Dianna Corcoran (right) with Spotify’s Artist in Residence, Royston Langdon.

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Steve Schnur Featured Among Nashville Elite In Variety’s ‘Music City Impact Report’

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(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 4, 2015) Worldwide Executive of Electronic Arts, Steve Schnur, is featured in Varietys ‘Music City Impact Report’ and is among an elite group of Nashville executives and artists labeled as being some of Music City’s most influential.

Schnur, who is on the forefront of making Nashville a world-class destination for creating and recording orchestral scores, commented in the article, saying “Nashville is increasingly becoming the new destination to record film, TV and game scores with world-class orchestral musicians and world-class recording facilities. So much of the work has been going to Eastern Europe and now so much is coming to Nashville, due to the success and quality of scores for game projects like ‘Dragon Age Inquisition,’ ‘Star Wars Old Republic,’ ‘FIFA’ and ‘Madden NFL.’”

Schnur, also a songwriter signed with Sea Gayle, believes these moves not only help the industry, but also the city of Nashville. “This is a major force behind helping to restore Nashville’s music middle class, which has large economic benefits and keeps musicians working,” he continued.

In 2001, Schnur made a leap to work in video game music supervision with EA, the largest video game producer in the world, to bring original musical scores to the gaming industry. Heading the creation and development of music in EA’s top game franchises, Schnur has been responsible for bringing both established stars and composers and promising new artists together to create a series of groundbreaking and award-winning scores and soundtracks that have brought both the musicians’ careers and the video game music industry to new heights, including Thirty Seconds To Mars, Katy Perry, Florence + the Machine, and Chromeo.

Before Schnur came to the industry, video game music was viewed as an afterthought. Seeing the potential to use music in video games to create a more complete emotional connection and journey, Schnur used his position to completely reshape the video game music industry. He has since produced numerous EA soundtrack albums and earned multiple nominations.

From record label promotion, record producer, songwriter, A&R and marketing to music supervision for films and video games, Schnur’s talents and contributions in the business have delivered numerous successes in a diverse range of segments in the industry. He has been profiled by the New York Times, London Financial Times and CNN, and he was named “One of the Most Creative People In Entertainment” by Entertainment Weekly, “One of the Most Powerful People in the Music Business” and “One of the Top 20 Power Players in the Digital Entertainment” by Billboard, and “One of the Top 25 Power Players in the New Hollywood” by The Wall Street Journal. He has also received a number of awards, including MusExpo’s 2014 International Music Supervisor of the Year Award, MusExpo’s 2009 International Music Person of the Year award, ACLU’s Bill of Rights award, the Guild of Music Supervisors’ 2012 Music Supervisor of the Year award.

For more information about Steve Schnur, please contact Christy Watkins at


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DJ KO to Perform Throughout 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross Season

ELLENTON, Fla. (December 3, 2015) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that Nashville-based artist DJ KO, will perform at all 14 stops of the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season. The multi-talented DJ, remixer and producer will build on the energy induced atmosphere that has become synonymous with AMSOIL Arenacross and will complement the all-new look of AMSOIL Arenacross as it intensifies the combination of sport and entertainment like never before.

DJ KO is a staple in the county music world with credentials that speak for themselves. From his ACM nomination to being a recognized RIAA Certified Platinum producer as one half of Phivestarr Productions, DJ KO will enhance the AMSOIL Arenacross fan experience like never before. He has worked with globally renowned artists like Brantley Gilbert, Jamie Johnson, Colt Ford, and has done official remixes for Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen and Dolly Parton. He is a fixture in the Atlanta music scene, a resident DJ at Atlanta’s premier EDM venue, “Opera Nightclub,” and was runner up in the “Red Bull Thre3style” DJ competition in 2011.”I have always been a huge fan of the high flying, in your face, action that AMSOIL Arenacross brings,” said DJ KO. “Having this opportunity to provide my soundtrack to the experience is a dream come true! Come out and see us as we take over America’s best arenas and keep up with my travels and highlights at See you soon! – DJ KO.”

While unparalleled levels of competition will serve as the foundation of the 2016 season, DJ KO’s hard-hitting beats will provide the perfect platform for excitement and drama produced on the track. DJ KO is part of AMSOIL Arenacross’ commitment to an enhanced fan experience, combining the intensity of a nightclub with the world’s most intense form of racing, setting the stage for a heart-pumping, energy-fueled spectacle.

“This is a bolder, rawer AMSOIL Arenacross with a commitment to making the entire experience of attending a race more compelling than ever before. We know the competition on the track is unlike any other racing on the planet, and we have partnered with DJ KO to accompany that intensity with a more exciting atmosphere,” said Mike Muye, Director of Arenacross. “This addition will allow AMSOIL Arenacross to stand alone in the motorsports world and help to define the championship as motocross, more intense.”

AMSOIL Arenacross’ resurgence has been met with growing audiences at venues throughout the country. Competition is at an all-time high, arguably the most competitive in history, and the integration of a dedicated entertainment component to the experience is sure to leave fans yearning for more.

The 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season kicks off on Saturday, January 9, from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati and will visit a total of 13 different states before crowning a champion at the Orleans Arena on Friday, May 6, in Las Vegas. Tickets to all 14 rounds of the 2016 season are on sale now.

For more information on the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season, and to purchase tickets, log on For all media requests, please contact Brandon Short or 949-365-5750.

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Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, and AMSOIL Arenacross. Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. Official Monster Truck Series only at Monster Jam. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit

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Country Radio Seminar and Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Partner For Reception and Tour Experience At CRS 2016

(Nashville, Tenn – Dec. 2, 2015) Country Radio Seminar (CRS) and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will partner to offer CRS 2016 attendees a private reception and free tour of the museum on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 5-7 p.m. CT. This keystone event is one of the many new events planned to launch, “The New CRS Experience.” In addition, CRS attendees can visit the museum on Monday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. CT.

CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne states, “We have worked over the last 8 months to create a completely new CRS Experience in our new home, the OMNI hotel. We are so pleased to have partnered with the museum, a neighbor to our new location, in offering this fun and new opportunity to our constituents. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to view country music history with all your friends and colleagues. This is a prime example of the fresh and innovative surprises you can come to expect from CRS this year!”

“Since the 1920s when radio introduced country music to the world, the genre and format have been intrinsically linked, said Sharon Brawner, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for the museum. “Much like the exhibitions in our galleries, country radio tells the ongoing story of country music every day. As the dominant radio format in the U.S., it is only fitting that we welcome Country Radio Seminar to the home of country music history. We are thrilled to host attendees at the museum and contribute to the CRS motto “growth through sharing!’”

CRS attendees will have the opportunity to interact with museum representatives during the reception. CRS Guests are also invited to follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #HonorThyMusic and #CRS2016. In addition, CRS attendees will learn about opportunities for radio stations to partner with the museum year-round.

About Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates Historic RCA Studio B, Hatch Show PrintTM, CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive and CMF Press. Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and under agreements with the National Endowment for the Arts.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at or by calling (615) 416-2001.

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel. The $529 regular registration rate is now available at The on-site rate will be announced closer to CRS. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

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Performers Announced For CRS 2016 New Faces of Country Music Show

Nashville, Tenn. – Nov. 30, 2015) – Country Radio Seminar officials have announced the CRS 2016 New Faces of Country Music Show performers. The five acts to appear are Brothers Osborne (EMI Nashville), Kelsea Ballerini (Black River Entertainment), Cam (Arista Nashville), Old Dominion (RCA Nashville), and Chris Janson (Warner Music Nashville).

Co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the annual new artist showcase event officially closes out the seminar and remains one of the most anticipated events each year at CRS. Performances will be powered by Live Nation and will take place in the CRS Performance Hall. The 2016 New Faces of Country Music Show will be held Feb. 10, 2016 during Country Radio Seminar at the downtown Omni Nashville.

Dinner tickets for the 2016 New Faces show are sold out, however, New Faces of Country Music Show viewing parties are being planned to accommodate overflow attendees.

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel. The $529 regular registration rate is now available at The on-site rate will be announced closer to CRS. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).


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(Nashville, Tenn. – Nov 23, 2015) – Music superstar Tim McGraw has been announced as a featured guest speaker at the 2016 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, Tenn. Transcending / Evolving with Tim McGraw, which is sponsored by BMI, will provide attendees with knowledge on how to rethink what you do, how you do it, and how to prioritize what’s important with your ‘eye’ on the prize of a long career.

McGraw has had hit records for 21 years, which is a major accomplishment considering all of the changes within the industry in the last two decades. McGraw will share his insights and experiences on how he has evolved his career and stayed a relevant member of the Country music industry.

CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne comments, “CRS strives to highlight the realities and potential of our careers, industry, and personal lives. Tim McGraw’s incredible career, talent, and life experience is one we can all learn large lessons from. He truly displays the significant impact one person can have, so much as an entertainer, singer, artist, actor, husband, father, humanitarian, great friend, and all of this at the highest level. This opportunity to hear Tim speak provides CRS attendees a true experience that is non-traditional and a rare CRS learning opportunity for us all!”

Country Radio Seminar will be held Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 through Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville. Visit for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

Register to attend Country Radio Seminar today by visiting or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487.

For more information about Tim McGraw, visit his official website at

About Tim McGraw: Tim McGraw has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and dominated the charts with 36 #1 singles.  He’s won three Grammy Awards, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, three People’s Choice Awards and numerous other honors. His iconic career achievements include being named the BDS Most Played Artist of the Decade for all music genres and having the Most Played Song of the Decade for all music genres with “Something Like That.”  He is the most played Country artist since his debut in 1992, with two singles spending over 10 weeks at #1 (“Live Like You Were Dying” and “Over and Over”). The single “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” from SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN marks his 55th top ten hit. The project also produced the 4-week #1 “Shotgun Rider.” His current single “Top Of The World,” off his forthcoming 14th studio album, DAMN COUNTRY MUSIC, was released in August 2015 and has already begun its ascent on the charts. His critically acclaimed acting skills were highlighted in the award winning Friday Night Lights and The Blind Side. Tim most recently starred in Disney’s Tomorrowland. Connect with Tim at:,, on Instagram @TheTimMcGraw, on Twitter @TheTimMcGraw, and on Youtube at

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is the world’s largest Country radio event, garnering attendees from all over the United States. The annual convention is designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio


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