CALGARY, AB (September 8, 2021) — The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is pleased to announce that the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (CCMHF) has relocated to Calgary, finding its permanent location at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. Established in 1984 to honour Canadian Artists and Builders who have made long-term contributions to the growth and development of Canadian country music, the CCMHF will soon be open for public viewing.
“We continue to be so proud of the history behind our genre in Canada,” explained Amy Jeninga, President, CCMA. “Alberta has been an incredible partner for the CCMA, hosting the CCMA Awards 15 times since 1977, and we couldn’t think of a better home for our growing collection than the National Music Centre. We look forward to being able to visit soon.”
Consisting of more than 1270 artifacts, including instruments and memorabilia (textiles, awards, photographs) and representing over 150 different artists, the CCMHF celebrates two inductees annually — a performing artist and an industry builder. Inductees into the Hall of Fame are selected by their Canadian peers in the industry and celebrated during Country Music Week every fall.
“There isn’t a better home for the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame than Calgary, a city in the province of Alberta with a tremendous history, legacy and appreciation for country music, and strong ties to the country music industry,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC. “Since 2009, the National Music Centre has worked in collaboration with the Canadian Country Music Association to showcase items from the Hall of Fame at Studio Bell. NMC has proudly served as the collection’s caretaker for over a decade, and we’re thrilled to be entrusted to care for it permanently as its official home. Through onsite exhibitions, collections and programs, we look forward to celebrating the legacies of Canada’s country icons for many years to come.”
Including items from Anne Murray (personalized guitar), Ian Tyson (cowboy boots, saddles and rope) and Terri Clark (early guitar), among others, the CCMHF collection is currently on display as part of the Homegrown Country exhibition that runs until 2022 at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. Country music fans are asked to stay tuned for more details regarding the unveiling of a new CCMHF at Studio Bell in the future.
To learn more about the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and its extensive list of award-winning inductees, visit ccma.org.
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2021 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker and the Government of Ontario.
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