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2014 ‘Countdown To The CMA Awards’ Contest

Reigning CMA ‘Vocal Duo of the Year’ Florida Georgia Line  Lends Its Voice to the Give the Gift of Music Campaign,  Launching 4th Annual ‘Countdown to the CMA Awards’ Contest

Winner Will Receive Two Tickets to “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” and $1,000

 MARLTON, N.J./WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 10, 2014: Kicking off the fourth annual “Countdown to the CMA Awards” contest as part of their industry-wide Give the Gift of Music (GTGOM) campaign, the Music Business Association (Music Biz) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today debuted a brand new video from 2014 CMA ‘Vocal Duo of the Year’ nominee Florida Georgia Line. The video spotlights the significance of giving and receiving music as a gift and launched exclusively on the “Countdown to the CMA Awards” video player on the homepage of givethegiftofmusic.info.

“Just a few weeks ago, I got to give one of my guitars to a buddy of mine and pass along the good deed, the musical gift,” said Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line. “Thank you guys for the support and keep giving the gift of music. You never know what could happen,” added Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line.

To watch the full video, visit www.givethegiftofmusic.info.

The 4th annual GTGOM “Countdown to the CMA Awards” contest asks fans to share how Florida Georgia Line or any other 2014 CMA Awards nominee’s music (song, lyrics, performance, etc.) has inspired them. The Grand Prize winner will receive two tickets to attend “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” in Nashville on November 5 and a cash prize of $1,000. Special Country music gift packages will go to the second- and third-place winners. Specific details on the new gifting contest – including deadlines, rules, and regulations – can be found at givethegiftofmusic.info/2014-countdown-to-the-cma-awards-contest.

The “Countdown to the CMA Awards” video player also contains video contributions from other 2014 CMA Awards nominees such as The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift, among others.

A full list of awards and nominees can be found at CMAawards.com.

In the weeks leading up to “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” – airing live on Wednesday, November 5, at 8|7c on the ABC Television Network – music fans can further connect with the GTGOM campaign and its featured Country and other popular artists on social media sites including Facebook (facebook.com/givethegiftofmusic) and Twitter (twitter.com/agiftofmusic).

The Music Business Association and RIAA oversee the GTGOM campaign, which reminds music consumers that they can now give the gift of music in more ways than ever, including physical, online, and mobile options. A variety of industry organizations and more than 70 top musicians support the initiative and have helped spread the gifting message. Artists contribute original anecdotes to the givethegiftofmusic.info website that allow consumers to hear how music gifts have touched the lives of their favorite performers. Visitors can also share their own gifting memories, discover new music gift ideas, and share their music wish list with friends and loved ones all year long. In addition, industry groups have supported the campaign by using the GTGOM logo and website URL on their products, in advertisements, and on their websites.

‘Best New Artist’ GRAMMY® Nominee Ed Sheeran Joins Give The Gift Of Music Campaign, Launching 2nd Annual ‘Give the Gift of the GRAMMY®s’ Contest

Winner Will Receive Two Tickets to the 56th GRAMMY® Awards and $1,000

MARLTON, N.J./WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 16, 2013: Kicking off the second annual “Give the Gift of the GRAMMY®s” contest as part of its industry-wide Give The Gift Of Music (GTGOM) campaign, the Music Business Association (Music Biz), and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), today debuted a brand new video featuring Elektra recording artist Ed Sheeran. Sheeran is nominated for the 56th GRAMMY Awards® in the ‘Best New Artist’ category, as well as the ‘Album of the Year’ category for his work on Taylor Swift’s Red. The video spotlights the significance of giving and receiving music as a gift and launched exclusively in a featured “Give the Gift of the GRAMMY®s” section of the www.givethegiftofmusic.info website.

“When I was about four or five, we only had one album on cassette,” recalls Sheeran.  “It was Van Morrison and the Chieftain’s Irish Heartbeat. So that was the first record I heard, and ever since then, whenever I hear it, it reminds me of home and family. That’s a good gift,” he said. To watch the full video, visit www.givethegiftofmusic.info.

The 2nd annual GTGOM “Give the Gift of the GRAMMY®s” contest asks fans to share how Sheeran or a particular 56th GRAMMY Awards® nominee’s music (song, lyrics, performance, etc.) has inspired them. The grand prize winner will receive two tickets (courtesy of The Recording Academy®) to attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards® in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, and a cash prize of $1,000. Specific details on the new gifting contest, including deadlines, rules, and regulations, can be found at http://givethegiftofmusic.info/contests/2014-give-the-gift-of-the-grammys-contest/.

The site also contains video contributions from 56th GRAMMY Awards® nominees such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble, Colbie Caillat, CeeLo Green, Hunter Hayes, Blake Shelton, Gavin Degraw, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, among others. A full list of awards and nominees can be found at GRAMMY.com/nominees.

In the weeks leading up to the 56th GRAMMY Awards® – airing live on Sunday, January 26, at 8|7c on the CBS Television Network – music fans and consumers can further connect with the GTGOM campaign, and its featured GRAMMY® artists, on social media sites including Facebook (www.facebook.com/givethegiftofmusic) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/agiftofmusic).

The Music Business Association and RIAA oversee the GTGOM campaign, which reminds consumers that they can now give the gift of music in more ways than ever, including physical, online, and mobile options. A variety of industry organizations and more than 70 top musicians support the initiative and have helped spread the gifting message. Artists contribute original anecdotes to the givethegiftofmusic.info website that allow consumers to hear how music gifts have touched the lives of their favorite performers. Visitors can also share their own gifting memories, discover new music gift ideas, and share their music wish list with friends and loved ones all year long. In addition, industry groups have supported the campaign by using the GTGOM logo and website URL on their products, in advertisements, and on their websites.

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The GRAMMY Awards® are produced by The Recording Academy®, an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers.

Media Contacts:

Laurie Jakobsen, Jaybird Communications
Nicole Hennessey, Music Business Association
Liz Kennedy, RIAA

 

 

2013 ‘Countdown To The CMA Awards’ Contest

Rising Supertsar Hunter Hayes Lends His Voice to the Give The Gift Of Music Campaign, Launching 3rd Annual ‘Countdown to the CMA Awards’ Contest

Winner Will Receive Two Tickets to “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” and $1,000

Hunter1MARLTON, N.J./WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 16, 2013: Kicking off the third annual “Countdown to the CMA Awards” contest as part of its industry-wide Give The Gift Of Music (GTGOM) campaign, music business association NARM, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), today debuted a brand new video from Hunter Hayes. Hayes performed his hit song “Wanted” and took home the prestigious honor of being named the CMA Awards New Artist of the Year at the 2012 CMA Awards, and this past August performed his current smash hit, “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” with Jason Mraz on CMA’s Music Festival Special on ABC. The video spotlights the significance of giving and receiving music as a gift and launched exclusively in a featured “Countdown to the CMA Awards” section of the givethegiftofmusic.info website.

Hunter credits receiving instruments as gifts with sparking his love for music. “All of my musical instruments, up until about three years ago, were gifts. They were more than just instruments. They were more than just something to do with my free time. They were a place. I found myself. I found what I was going to be. I found who I was through music. … Music is very powerful and it’s one of the most powerful gifts you can give someone,” he said.

To watch the full video, visit http://www.givethegiftofmusic.info.

The site also contains video contributions from 2013 CMA Awards nominees such as Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town among others.

The 3rd annual GTGOM “Countdown to the CMA Awards” contest asks fans to share how Hayes or a particular 2013 CMA Awards nominee’s music (song, lyrics, performance, etc.) has inspired them. The grand prize winner will receive two tickets to attend “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” in Nashville on Wednesday, November 6, and a cash prize of $1,000. Special Country music gift packages will go to the second- and third-place winners. Specific details on the new gifting contest, including deadlines, rules, and regulations, can be found at http://givethegiftofmusic.info/2013-countdown-to-the-cma-awards-contest/.

Hayes will be succeeded as New Artist of the Year by one of this year’s New Artist of the Year nominees: Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, and Lee Brice. A full list of awards and nominees can be found at http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-awards/nominees/categories/.

In the weeks leading up to “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” – airing live on Wednesday, November 6, at 8|7c on the ABC Television Network – music fans and consumers can further connect with the GTGOM campaign, and its featured Country and other popular artists, on social media sites including Facebook (facebook.com/givethegiftofmusic) and Twitter (twitter.com/agiftofmusic).

NARM and RIAA oversee the GTGOM campaign, which reminds consumers that they can now give the gift of music in more ways than ever, including physical, online, and mobile options. A variety of industry organizations and more than 70 top musicians support the initiative and have helped spread the gifting message. Artists contribute original anecdotes to the givethegiftofmusic.info website that allow consumers to hear how music gifts have touched the lives of their favorite performers. Visitors can also share their own gifting memories, discover new music gift ideas, and share their music wish list with friends and loved ones all year long. In addition, industry groups have supported the campaign by using the GTGOM logo and website URL on their products, in advertisements, and on their websites.

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2012 ‘Countdown To The CMA Awards’ Contest

Multi-Platinum Country Trio The Band Perry Lends Its Voice To The Give The Gift of Music Campaign, Launching 2nd Annual ‘Countdown To The CMA Awards’ Contest

Winner Will Receive Two Tickets to “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” and $1,000

MARLTON, N.J./WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 12, 2012: Kicking off the 2nd annual ‘Countdown To The CMA Awards’ contest as part of its industry-wide Give The Gift Of Music (GTGOM) campaign, NARM – the music business association and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today debuted a brand new video from reigning CMA ‘New Artist of the Year’ winners and country trio The Band Perry to spotlight the significance of giving and receiving music as a gift.  The video launched exclusively in a featured ‘Countdown to the CMA Awards’ section of the givethegiftofmusic.info website, which also includes previous video contributions from 2012 CMA Awards nominees such as Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, Blake Shelton and others.

Members of The Band Perry took home more trophies than any other act at the 2011 CMA awards for “New Artist of the Year,” “Single of the Year,” and “Song of the Year.” The 2012 CMA Award nominees for “Vocal Group of the Year,” and multi-Platinum award-winning siblings Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry recall learning to love music from their parents as the greatest gift of music they ever received.

“I remember the first time Reid, Neil, and I ever sang in three part harmony, we were on a family vacation out in the wild, wild-west. It was really late one night and mom had the driving shift … The three of us kind of huddled around her to keep her awake and figured out how to sing in three part harmony. It was such an amazing life-changing moment,” reminisced lead vocalist Kimberly Perry.

The 2nd annual GTGOM ‘Countdown To The CMA Awards’ contest asks fans to share how a particular 2012 CMA Awards nominee’s music (song, lyrics, performance, etc.) has inspired them. A full list of nominees can be found at http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-awards/nominees. The grand prize winner will receive two tickets to attend “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” in Nashville on Wednesday, November 1 and a cash prize of $1,000. Special Country Music gift packages will go to the second and third place winners respectively. Specific details on the new gifting contest, including deadlines, rules and regulations can be found at http://givethegiftofmusic.info/contests/countdown-to-cma-2012/.

In the coming weeks leading up to “The 46th Annual CMA Awards,” airing live November 1 at 8|7c on the ABC Television Network, music fans and consumers can further connect with the campaign, and its featured Country and other popular artists, on social media sites including Facebook (facebook.com/givethegiftofmusic) and Twitter (twitter.com/agiftofmusic).

In 2010, NARM and the RIAA, led an industry-wide effort to reenergize the 30-year old GTGOM campaign and remind consumers that they can give the gift of music today in so many more ways than ever via physical, online and mobile options.

A variety of industry organizations and more than 60 top musicians have since joined to support the initiative and help spread the gifting message. Artists continue to contribute original anecdotes to the givethegiftofmusic.info website that allows consumers to hear how music gifts have touched the lives of their favorite acts; share their own gifting memories; discover new music gift ideas; and tell friends and loved ones what’s on their own music wish lists all year long. In addition, industry groups have supported the campaign by using the GTGOM logo and website URL on product, in advertisements and on their websites.

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About NARM: NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) advances the promotion, marketing, distribution and sale of music by providing members with diverse meeting and networking opportunities, information and education resources, and advocacy for their common interests. NARM is based in Marlton, New Jersey.

About RIAA: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States. In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi- Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

About CMA: More than 11,000 music industry professionals and companies around the globe are members of the Country Music Association. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: CMA Music Festival and the companion television special; the CMA Award, which are recognized as “Country Music’s Biggest Night™”; and CMA’s latest TV property, “CMA Country Christmas.” For information about CMA visit www.CMAworld.com. For information about “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” visit www.CMAawards.com.

Contact:
Nicole Hennessey, NARM, (856) 596-1803, hennessey@narm.com
Liz Kennedy, RIAA, (202) 775-0101, lkennedy@riaa.com
Wendy Pearl, CMA, (615) 244-2840, WPearl@CMAworld.com

 

Music Biz 2012 Video Reel

Michael Bublé Kicks Off Holiday Campaign

Greyson Chance, Kelly Clarkson & Many More Share Their Most Merry Music Gifts

Campaign Announces Essay Contest with $1,000 Grand Prize

MARLTON, N.J./WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 21, 2011: Michael Bublé, one of music’s most popular and successful acts, stepped into the spotlight today to talk about the joys of giving and receiving music as a holiday gift, while joining the ranks of more than 50 top musicians currently supporting the industry’s “Give The Gift Of Music” (GTGOM) initiative. More…

“Countdown To CMA” Contest Winners

Lady Antebellum Essay Earns Goodlettsville, Tenn.’s
Jennifer Dotson Grand Prize Tickets to Attend CMA Awards

Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton & Carrie Underwood Fans
Receive Second & Third Place Prizes

MARLTON, N.J./WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 8, 2011: NARM, the music business association, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced the winners of the “Give the Gift of Music” (GTGOM) campaign’s autumn essay contest that asked fans to share how a current CMA Awards nominee’s music has inspired them.

From about 700 thoughtful entries submitted to the givethegiftofmusic.info website, speech-language pathologist Jennifer Dotson from Goodlettsville, Tenn. was selected as the grand prize winner. For her heartfelt essay describing how Lady Antebellum’s music helped one of her students to learn, grow and express himself, Jennifer was awarded two tickets to attend the CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. this Wednesday, November 9 and a cash prize of $1,000.

The second and third place winners – Angela* from Franklin, Tenn. (second) and a tie between Ashlee Scarborough from Wadesboro, N.C. and Lynsi* from Elizabethtown, Pa. (third) – will each receive country music gift packages for their contributions describing how Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood inspired them respectively. (*Some last names have been left out to protect the privacy of the individuals). The winning and other entries can be viewed below and on the GTGOM website at http://www.givethegiftofmusic.info/your-music-memories. More…

CMA Nominees Unite For Campaign & Contest

Taylor Swift, Chris Young, Martina McBride, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and More Share Video Memories

Contest Launched Offering Grand Prize Winner Two CMA Awards Tickets and $1,000

MARLTON, N.J./WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 14, 2011: A number of country music’s most talented acts, recently recognized as 2011 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards nominees, joined leading music retailers and labels today to spotlight the significance of giving and receiving music as a gift as part of the revitalized “Give The Gift Of Music” (GTGOM) campaign. More…

Retailers Praise Campaign For Sales Success

According to Soundscan, the “indie” sector was up 8.2% for the holiday season.

January 6, 2011: Take a look at some of the success stories below. They all mention the Give The Gift Of Music Campaign as an influencer of sales this holiday season. More…

First GTGOM Contest Winners Chosen

Four winners were chosen at random from hundreds of entries.

December 22, 2010: NARM is happy to announce the winners of the first Give the Gift of Music contest, which concluded this past Friday, December 17th. Entrants were asked to submit their favorite music gifting memory for a chance to win GRAMMY tickets, giftcards or a holiday music gift basket. Thank you to everyone who participated, and to The Recording Academy, J&R Music World, and the RIAA for providing wonderful prizes. More…