Level Up

ACM LEVel Up: Lifting Every Voice program is a two-year professional development and enrichment curriculum for rising leaders in Country Music, 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 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.

The inaugural class of eight individuals represents a group of diverse and talented leaders in the industry, selected by nominations received as well as self-submitted applications.

LEVel Up, Class of 2022
  • Kaela Allen, Singer/Songwriter
  • Mackenzie Cooper, Westwood One
  • Stephanie Davenport, Warner Music Nashville
  • Morgan Kenney, WME
  • Daniel Killian, FBMM
  • Shelby Moran, AEG Presents
  • Vanna Moua, Rhythm House
  • Kortney Toney, Naxos of America

Applications for the 2023 cohort will open in Fall 2022.

ACM LEVel Up Undergraduate Music Business Series

In September 2022, ACM LEVel Up launched a series for undergraduate students who are interested in careers in the music industry. The string of workshops, which will take place in Nashville, TN, will give attendees an “insider’s perspective” of the music business from rising leaders and executives. The program is set to begin on October 20, 2022 with a session on “Music Industry Etiquette” and will continue through the spring of 2023 with future installments focused on production, business management, publishing, marketing, A&R, and more.

All participants must register to attend in-person or virtually, with sessions being filled first come, first serve.

Sign-ups for the inaugural session on October 20 will open Monday, September 19 and can be found HERE.


Level Up