This year’s Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, set for Feb. 23-25 at the Omni Hotel Nashville, will continue to move forward as an in-person event, according to the Country Radio Broadcasters Board. The board leadership revealed the COVID-19 protocols it will follow in order to help create a safe environment for attendees.
Every CRS 2022 attendee will be required to provide documentation of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result (antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider, and completed within 48 hours of arrival at the event). If attendees cannot provide either, rapid antigen and PCR tests will be available upon arrival and will be conducted on site, at no cost to attendees. Voluntary testing (rapid antigen and PCR) will also be available to all attendees throughout CRS, courtesy of CRB. Complimentary tests will also be available on Saturday, Feb. 26, for both local and out-of-town attendees before they return home.
CRS is also working with 3P America for end-to-end digital compliance using its application 3P Smart Verify. Prior to the Country Radio Seminar, each registered CRS 2022 attendee will receive a link to 3P Smart Verify in order to upload vaccination documentation or a negative COVID-19 test result. All attendees will be required to have completed the 3P Smart Verify profile in order to receive their CRS registration packet.
The CRB will supply and require masks in all CRS event spaces at the Omni Nashville Hotel, including meeting rooms, performance halls, as well as Legends and Broadway pre-function areas. Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the CRS event space, and meeting rooms will be configured to allow for adequate social distancing in seating. Traffic patterns in hallways surrounding the CRS footprint will be routed to avoid close contact in advance of all Broadway Ballroom performances (Warner Music Nashville Luncheon, BMLG Luncheon, New Faces of Country Music Showcase) and “Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley” in Legends Ballroom. Additionally, CRB will also recommend that attendees limit close personal contacts such as handshakes.
As usual, this year’s Country Radio Seminar will include a stacked lineup of artists, both as performers and speakers.
Zac Brown Band will headline the Warner Music Nashville luncheon on Feb. 23, with additional performances from Jessie James Decker, Morgan Evans, Cody Johnson, Randall King, Drew Parker, Michael Ray and more. CRS also recently announced its New Faces of Country Music Class of 2022, which includes Gabby Barrett, Walker Hayes, Parker McCollum, Jameson Rodgers and Lainey Wilson. Blake Shelton will take part in “The Artist Interview,” sponsored by BMI, to discuss his career and artistic process.
Additionally, top industry executives including Caroline Beasley (CEO, Beasley), David Field (chairman/president/CEO, Audacy), Ginny Morris (CEO, Hubbard), Bob Pittman (CEO, iHeartMedia), Bob Proffitt (CEO, Alpha Media), and Bill Wilson (CEO, Townsquare) representing radio; Scott Borchetta (president/CEO, BMLG), Mike Dungan (chairman/CEO, UMG), John Esposito (chairman/CEO, WMN), Randy Goodman (chairman/CEO, Sony), and Jon Loba (president, BMG) will take part in this year’s event as part of the “Heads of State” series.