The National Music Council honored music legends Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride and Jim Lauderdale, along with music management icon Jim Halsey and country music producer/director Sherman Halsey during the 32nd Annual American Eagle Awards today. Rosanne Cash, The Oak Ridge Boys, John Oates and Jack Ingram were also included in the star-studded lineup of talent to help honor the honorees. The American Eagle Awards presentation took place this afternoon, during the annual NAMM convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
In addition, a special award was presented to the Nashville Mayor’s Office, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and Country Music Association & Country Music Foundation, for the creation and support of the Music Makes Us arts education initiative.
The National Music Council is celebrating its 75th year as a forum for the free discussion of this country’s national music affairs and challenges. Founded in 1940 to act as a clearinghouse for the joint opinion and decision of its members and to work to strengthen the importance of music in our life and culture, the Council’s initial membership of 13 has grown to almost 50 national music organizations, encompassing every important form of professional and commercial musical activity.
Through the cooperative work of its member organizations, the National Music Council promotes and supports music and music education as an integral part of the curricula in the schools of our nation, and in the lives of its citizens. The Council provides for the exchange of information and coordination of efforts among its member organizations and speaks with one voice for the music community whenever an authoritative expression of opinion is desirable.
For more information and schedule of the day’s events, visit www.musiccouncil.org.