CMA Looking at New York for 2005 Awards Show

The Country Music Association is considering the possibility of staging its CMA Awards show in New York in 2005. If finalized, the move from Nashville would be for one year only, CMA officials announced Thursday (Sept. 18).

Representatives from the New York City mayor’s office presented the proposal during a recent meeting of the CMA board of directors.

In a CMA press release, New York City deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding Daniel Doctoroff said, “The spirit of country music described in CMA’s vision statement — community, creativity, fun, celebrating success, willingness to take risks and embrace change, and patriotism — are the very same things that define New York City. So while at first glance New York might seem like an unusual choice to host the CMA Awards, New York is, in fact, the natural place for this prestigious event.”

A host committee from New York contacted the CMA earlier this year about hosting the awards at a future date. In 2002, the CMA board of directors adopted an initiative to find ways to expand the profile of the awards show and country music, in general.
“Nashville has and will always be home base for the CMA Awards,” CMA executive director Ed Benson said. “Strategically, the possibility of periodically moving the awards has been looked at before, with several different cities in discussion, but only on a one-time basis to generate increased exposure and excitement for the format.”
According to the press release, “The New York proposal was viewed with interest by the CMA Board.” The matter has been taken under advisement for additional study. A final announcement won’t be made until July 2004.
In the meantime, the 37th Annual CMA Awards show takes place Nov. 5 at the Grand Ole Opry House — in Nashville.

Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.