When you hit the half-century mark, it’s time to celebrate. Country Radio Seminar is ready to mark its 50th Anniversary event with the return a third luncheon, to be held on the Opening Day CRS 2019, February 13th, and hosted by Warner Music Nashville. Country music superstar, Blake Shelton, will headline the luncheon that will kick-f what is expected to be one the most exciting Country Radio Seminars to date. More artists for the luncheon will be announced soon.
CRB, Inc. has also announced Blake Shelton has been named the recipient the CRS 2019 Artist Humanitarian Award and will be honored during the Opening Day luncheon. The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor those country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career. Past recipients the annual award have included Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, and Charlie Daniels, among others.
Blake Shelton has demonstrated his dedication to giving back through many charitable initiatives and events. In May 2013, Blake hosted Healing In The Heartland, a benefit concert for those affected by the numerous tornadoes that ravaged the country. The event was broadcast on NBC and more than $6 million dollars was raised for the American Red Cross Oklahoma. In September 2016, Blake donated $600,000 to the Jimmy Everest Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK. and in September 2017, he hosted Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, a multi-city telethon that broadcast on all major television networks. So far, more than $50 million has been raised for relief efforts for hurricane Harvey and Irma. In September 2017, the Oklahoma-native opened his Ole Red Bar & Grill in his hometown Tishomingo, OK. All proceeds raised from his performance that evening were donated to a local charity in Tishomingo.
“Warner Music Nashville is very excited to kick-f CRS activities with an exciting and diverse line up our amazing artists,” states WMN Chairman & CEO John Esposito.“I’m proud Blake being recognized as Humanitarian the Year. Over the years, I’ve watched him give back in so many pround ways. He responded immediately to those in need after the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma in 2013, holding a benefit that was televised nationwide. He continually gives back to his hometown Tishomingo, to the children’s hospital in Oklahoma City and so much more. But it’s what he does on a daily basis that really sticks out to me. He will send us an email about something he’s read and say, ‘I want to do this to help this person.’ And I think Blake has helped more stranded motorists than Triple A – but that’s just his character. He’s a humanitarian every day. Congratulations Blake, you earned it!”
Country Radio Seminar’s 50th Anniversary event will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2019, through Friday, February 15, 2019, at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart downtown Nashville. The three-day convention is the premier educational and networking event for country radio and music industry pressionals, fering attendees access to informative panels, countless networking opportunities, prominent speakers, research presentations and intimate performances from some today’s biggest stars and emerging artists. Panels at CRS cover a broad range 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 the radio and record industries and much more.