Encino, CA (November 28, 2011) – ACM Lifting Lives has announced its new board of directors following elections held this month. The ACM Lifting Lives board of directors is made up of an equal number of ACM board members, referred to as representative directors, as well as leaders in non-profit and corporate affairs that aren’t ACM board members, referred to as public directors. This election brings the ACM Lifting Lives board total to 32 directors.

Four new representative directors were elected; they include Paul Barnabee, Pete Fisher, Ed Warm and Suzanne Wilson.  Seven new public directors were elected; they include Bruce Bowman, Walt Brown, Steve Dahl, Jason Kane, Ricky Kelley, Beth Moore, and Troy Vollhoffer.  Members of the ACM Lifting Lives Advisory Committee will be announced at a later date.

The full list of board of directors is below.

Newcomer Categories Combined For One New Artist of the Year Award

Encino, CA (November 30, 2011) – The Academy of Country Music announced today a single combined, overall category for New Artist of the Year.  The New Artist of the Year award absorbs all newcomer categories including New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist, New Vocal Duo, New Vocal Group, New Solo Vocalist and New Vocal Duo or Group categories from past years, and the winner will be revealed on the LIVE telecast at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  The Awards are to be held next spring on an as-yet-unannounced date. 

The top 8 artists from the first round of ACM professional voting will be considered semi-finalists and will compete via the Great American Country (GAC) fan vote at GACtv.com, combined with the ACM professional membership vote, to determine the final 3 nominees for the Award.  The final 3 nominees will compete for the trophy, with a combined fan and professional membership vote to determine the winner.

Nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced in February 2012 at a date to be announced.  For more information on ACM Awards criteria, please visit http://www.acmcountry.com/awards/votingcriteria.php.

About the Academy of Country Music
Founded in 1964, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC is an artist and industry-driven organization, providing the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic work of ACM LIFTING LIVES, the charitable arm of the Academy which works to improve lives through music. The Academy is comprised of more than 3,800 professional members and is headquartered in Encino, Calif. For more information, log onto www.acmcountry.com or www.acmliftinglives.org.

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Media Contact:
Brooke Primero
Academy of Country Music 
Ph 818.788.8000 x1419


Chairman of the Board      Mark Hartley, Fitzgerald Hartley
President                          Gary Gilbert, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Vice President                  Bruce Bowman, KaBOOM!
Treasurer                  Tiffany Moon, Academy of Country Music

Immediate Past Chair          Gayle Holcomb, WME


  1. Lori Badgett, City National Bank

  2. Mark Bloom, UBS Financial Services, Inc

  3. Bruce Bowman, KaBOOM! (Vice President)

  4. Walt Brown, Jr., Diversified Partners, LLC

  5. Debbie Carroll, MusiCares

  6. Steve Dahl, Paradigm

  7. Ann Edelblute, XIX Entertainment

  8. Gary Gilbert, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

  9. Ricky Kelley,  Harley-Davidson of Columbia Superstore

  10. Ellen Lehmen, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

  11. Jack Lameier

  12. Jason Kane, The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

  13. Beth Moore

  14. Tree Paine, Warner Bros. Records

  15. Jonathan Reinsdorf, Michigan Avenue Real Estate Group

  16. Troy Vollhoffer, Premier Global Productions


  1. Paul Barnabee, Sony Music Nashville

  2. Mike Dungan, Capitol Records Nashville

  3. Rod Essig, CAA

  4. Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry

  5. Scott Francis

  6. Gary Haber, Haber Corporation

  7. Mark Hartley, Fitzgerald Hartley (Chairman)

  8. Greg Hill, McGhee Entertainment

  9. Gayle Holcomb, WME (Immediate Past Chairman)

  10. Bill Mayne, CRB

  11. Ken Robold, Universal Music Group

  12. Clarence Spalding, Spalding Entertainment

  13. Sarah Trahern, GAC

  14. Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar

  15. Dwight Wiles, Smith, Wiles & Co., PC (Treasurer)

  16. Suzanne Wilson, Wilson Events

About ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.   Each year, ACM Lifting Lives provides grants to music therapy and music education programs.  Other giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund and partnering with artists to improve lives through music. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.


Media Contacts:
Brooke Primero
Academy of Country Music
(818) 788-8000 ext 1419