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Tuesday, May 17 • 8:30am - 10:30am
Awards Breakfast & Presentations

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Enjoy breakfast sponsored by the Country Music Association (CMA). They will celebrate the 50th anniversary of honoring Country music’s top stars — from legends to breakout artists — through their CMA Awards, the longest running annual music awards program on network TV.

At the start of the Awards Breakfast, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry will welcome Music Biz back to Music City. With the highest concentration of music jobs in the country, Barry will discuss how she and the Music City Music Council work to attract and retain music industry professionals in Nashville. Music Biz President James Donio will give an update on the state of the industry and highlight Music Biz’s top initiatives of 2015 and what to expect from the Association in 2016. Music Biz Chairman Fred Beteille of YouTube will welcome the 2016-2017 Music Biz Board of Directors and announce the Scholarship Foundation Class of 2016.

Music Biz will also recognize this year’s business award winners. The Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement, recognizing individuals for their exceptional vision, leadership, and commitment, will be presented to John Esposito, President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville and Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors. The Independent Spirit Award, recognizing significant contributors to the independent music community that embody the spirit of new thinking, entrepreneurship, and success in the industry, will be presented to Redeye’s Glenn Dicker and Tor Hansen.

Rounding out the morning will be a featured performance from Country music star Brett Eldredge. Eldredge has had four combined #1 singles from both of his albums, and his latest album, Illinois, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, and #3 on the all genre Billboard 200 Album Chart.

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Megan Barry

Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Megan Barry is the seventh mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Her election in the September 2015 runoff represents a historic milestone as she is the first female mayor of Nashville. Barry's election is also historic in that she is the first Metro Council member to ascend to the office of mayor. First elected in the runoff election of 2007 for the position of Council at-large, Barry went on to receive the... Read More →
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Fred Beteille

Head of Product Content Strategy, YouTube
As Head of Product Content Strategy at YouTube Music, Fred Beteille helps spearhead music, artist and rights management products and initiatives. Prior to joining YouTube, he was the COO of Google-acquired RightsFlow, overseeing the company’s licensing and royalty administration functions and technologies. Earlier in his career, he held the positions of Sr. Director of Strategic Technology and Director of Business Affairs at The Harry Fox... Read More →
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James Donio

President, Music Business Association
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz). Since taking the top role in 2004, Donio has evolved the organization from one primarily focused on physical product retailers to a more inclusive trade association that represents the full breadth of the current music business, including digital distribution, mobile, games, video, applications, and other entities that monetize music. This expanding membership vision... Read More →
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Sarah Trahern

CEO, Country Music Association
Sarah Trahern has more than 29 years of experience in the television business, including 21 years producing or overseeing Country programming. Today, she is the CEO of the esteemed Country Music Association, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade group to promote a single genre of music. Her role at CMA is to collaborate with the CMA Board of Directors to expand the mission and strategic objectives of CMA while being mindful of the unique... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom

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