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National Country Music Awards

When:

Sat 13 Aug 2011, 7:30pm–11:00pm

Where: Founders Theatre, 221 Tristram St, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

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The event – the most prestigious on the country music calendar – will be held at Founders Theatre, featuring New Zealand’s biggest selling (of all genres) artist of 2011, Dennis Marsh. Marsh’s album Maori Songbook has achieved double platinum status in New Zealand, selling almost twice as many copies as his nearest Kiwi rival.

Also featuring at the 2011 National Country Music Awards will “the hottest new artist to come out of Australia in a long time”, Jasmine Rae. Rae was nominated for an ARIA for her debut album Look It Up that yielded two #1 singles.

New Zealand’s own country music stars Gray Bartlett, Jodi Vaughan, Brendon Dugan and Eddie Low will deliver a night to remember, alongside up and coming artists Katie Thompson, David Shanhun, Vickie Evans, Harry Hookey, Kaylee Bell, NZ Idol runner-up Nik Carlson and Tony Williams.

Tickets to the National Country Music Awards will be strictly limited. They are on sale now at Ticketek.

Country Music Association international director Rob Potts – whose company has recently toured country mega-stars Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Brooks & Dunn in Australia – is thrilled with the quality of artists being produced in New Zealand.

“This event is one of the most important events in country music in New Zealand.”

The awards, staged annually since 2006 by the Kiwi Pro-Am Country Music Organisation, are a place where promoters, international agents can come to for information on the cream of the crop artists in New Zealand. They have also played a key role in establishing a trans-Tasman artist exchange programme that has seen the winner of the NZ Horizon Award perform at the biggest country music event in the Southern Hemisphere at Tamworth and the Australian equivalent perform at the New Zealand awards.

This year, the Horizon Award winner will have the added distinction of performing on the Global Artist Showcase as part of the CMA Music Festival in Nashville -- the largest country music festival in the world.

No other NZ artist for decades has been given this major opportunity at instant stardom..

Potts says “It’s very encouraging for country music in this part of the world, to see NZ establishing international pathways for their young artists to gain exposure and experience and Kiwi Pro-Am has been a major force in connecting with the CMA to drive this outcome.”

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