Zac Brown will receive the Country Radio Broadcasters’ CRS 2017 Artist Humanitarian Award at the organization’s annual conference in Nashville on Feb. 22. Founded in 1990, the honor is presented annually to musicians who use their careers to serve others in need and contribute to the greater good.
The front man of the Grammy-winning band is being recognized for his continued efforts to support healthy childhood development through his non-profit Camp Southern Ground. Nestled on more than 400 acres of Georgia farmland, the state-of-the-art facility offers several enrichment programs for children ages seven through 17 representing all socioeconomic backgrounds, races and religions, as well as those with neuro-developmental disorders.
Following the East Tennessee wildfires, the Zac Brown Band headlined December’s free Gatlinburg — Mountain Tough Benefit to support local disaster relief through East Tennessee Foundation’s Sevier County Community Fund.
Other causes Brown supports are music legislation reform through Grammys on the Hill, higher music education through Grammy U, critical assistance for music professionals through MusiCares, the fight against poverty through the Robin Hood Foundation and the U.S. military through the USO.
Previous CRS Artist Humanitarian award recipients include Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks.
The three-day CRS 2017 conference starts Feb. 22 and culminates with the annual New Faces of Country Music Show at Nashville’s Omni Hotel. This year’s New Faces performers are William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Granger Smith and Drake White.