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LEVel Up

The Academy launches LEVel Up: Lifting Every Voice to expand the horizons of Country Music. This program for Rising Leaders in Country Music is a two-year professional development and enrichment curriculum designed to empower participants to play a pivotal role in expanding the horizons of Country Music into new audiences that transcend demographics and geography. The inaugural class of ten individuals represents a group of diverse and talented leaders in the industry, selected by nominations received as well as self-submitted applications. The program’s first year is spent learning as well as collaborating to develop a proposed plan to expand Country Music’s reach into new and underrepresented audience segments; the second, implementing said plan. The program is funded wholly by the Academy of Country Music at no cost to participants.

LEVel Up, Class of 2022
  • Kaela Allen, Mojo Music & Media
  • Mackenzie Cooper, Westwood One
  • Stephanie Davenport, Warner Music Nashville
  • Holly G., The Black Opry
  • Morgan Kenney, WME
  • Daniel Killian, FBMM
  • Shelby Moran, AEG
  • Vanna Moua, Rhythm House
  • Kortney Toney, Nashville Music Equality
  • Dre Williams, WillPlay Music & Media


    Applications for the 2023 cohort will open in Fall 2022.