The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) yesterday announced a multi-year $150,000 donation from Slaight Music, marking continued support of the association’s Humanitarian Award.
A CCMA press release explained that “This particular CCMA Award of Achievement recognizes individuals and/or events that have made an outstanding contribution of time and energy in the support of humanitarian causes through country music in Canada. The CCMA will recognize Slaight Music’s generous donation with naming rights to the prestigious honour: the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award."
Don Green, President of the CCMA, noted that “The core of the CCMA resides on the laurels of educating, elevating and celebrating Canadian country music. The Slaight Music Humanitarian Award enables us to elevate the humanitarian efforts of some of our illustrious members, and celebrate their worthy charitable causes. On behalf of the CCMA I cannot express the gratitude we have for the Slaight Music Foundation, for enabling us to help those making a difference, both on the stage and off.”
Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications, stated that “We are pleased to continue our relationship with the CCMA in celebrating artists and organizations that donate their time and energy in raising funds to improve the lives of others.”
This is a renewal of a similar Slaight Music donation made to the CCMA in 2011. It was this same year that the CCMA garnered its official designation as a Registered National Arts Service Organization.
Some of the Slaight Music donation will be put towards the CCMA’s operating costs, but the bulk of it will be allocated to the charity linked to the winner of the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award.
The 2015 winner of the Award was MusiCounts, while other previous winners have included Terry Kelly, Tenille, and Adam Gregory.
To nominate an individual for the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, or to review other CCMA Awards of Achievement, visit ccma.org. Nominations for the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award are being accepted until May 13. The recipient of the Award is decided upon by the CCMA Board of Directors, and will be presented at the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards, taking place September 10 as part of Country Music Week in London, Ontario.
About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA):
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.
About Slaight Music:
Slaight Music was formed in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. The company works with artists from across the country and across the musical spectrum, helping to further careers and get great music heard.
About the Registered National Arts Service Organization Designation:
Designated by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and registered by the Minister of National Revenue, the national arts service organization status allows the recipient to issue official donation receipts with the same benefits as a registered charity organization. This designation is designed to promote the arts on a nation-wide basis through activities such as sponsoring arts exhibitions or performances, conducting workshops and development programs relating to the arts, or organizing and sponsoring conferences, competitions and special arts events. The CCMA received its Registered National Arts Service Organization designation in March of 2011.