Backbeat: Country Music Association, BMI, More Make a Splash Across the Pond With Europe Events

Country-to-Country Fest was held in London's O2 Arena in March

Over the past few weeks, across three events, country music has made its presence felt across the pond.

On February 25th, the Songwriters Series, an event presented by BMI, Gibson Guitars and the Country Music Association, took place over four days in Dublin, Belfast and London. The series presents songwriters to fans, letting them explain the creative process behind some of their biggest hits, letting them perform their music in a stripped-down setting. For this four-day series, Kristian Bush, Brett James and Chris Young performed, with the events hosted by songwriter Bob DiPiero.

On March 1, at the unlikely venue of Disneyland Paris, the Country Music Association's inaugural International Country Music Marketing Summit took place. CMA's conference was accompanied by the same iteration of the Songwriter Series that performed in Ireland and England the previous month.


At the International Country Music Marketing Summit. Richard Wootton, owner of Richard Wootton Publicity and Sheri Warnke, CMA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications (Ky Chung/CMA)


At the International Country Music Marketing Summit. From left: CMA CEO Steve Moore; Country artist Kristian Bush; Jay Marciano, president and CEO of AEG Europe; CMA Board member Rob Potts of Rob Potts Entertainment Edge; Magnus Erickson of MEP Entertainment AB; Simon Aldridge Senior Executive in charge of Writer/Publisher Relations - Europe for Broadcast Music, Inc. (Ky Chung/CMA)


At the International Country Music Marketing Summit. From left: CMA Board member Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network; Jeff Smith, Head of Music, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music; Sheri Warnke, CMA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications; Richard Wootton, owner of Richard Wootton Publicity; CMA CEO Steve Moore;  Iain Snodgrass, Vice President of Marketing, Universal Music Group (Ky Chung/CMA)

“With immediate and convenient access to Country Music, the world market is fertile ground for our industry and artists,” said Steve Moore, CEO of CMA. “Country artists are selling out major venues; our CMA Songwriter Series [returned] to the U.K. and Ireland in February; and new events like the 'C2C: Country to Country' Country Music festival at the O2 Arena in London [held in] March are a strong indication of the burgeoning popularity of the music and the need for this type of educational platform across the world.”

Most recently, the Country-to-Country Fest was held on March 1 in London's O2 Arena, with headliners Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Kristian Bush and Brantley Gilbert. You can find some pictures from the event below.


A few fans at the Country-to-Country Fest in London


From left:Kristian Bush, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and Vince Gill


Carrie Underwood, performing at O2 Arena

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