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Aussie promoter receives CMA honor

Thursday, June 17, 2010 – Australian concert promoter Michael Chugg of Chugg Entertainment was given the Jo Walker-Meador International Award during the CMA Music Festival.

"To receive such a wonderful award from CMA during their festival week in Nashville was a great honor and will take pride of place in my office in Sydney," said Chugg. "To be able to play a part in spreading music to the world is very special, and I thank the board of the CMA on behalf of all the Australian Country Music fans."

The honor recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual or company in advocating and supporting country music's marketing development in territories outside the U.S.

Chugg's career spans more than 45 years. He received the CMA International Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year Award in 2006, has won every major music and entertainment award possible in Australia and currently serves on the CMA Australian Advisory Group. Chugg has been involved with establishing Australia as a strong live touring market for international artists, and has promoted or co-promoted tours with Brooks & Dunn, Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban among others. Chugg Entertainment will co-promote a Tim McGraw tour with Entertainment Edge later this year.

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