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45 Top Artists Team with Save The Music America (STMA), Recording PSAs During Country Radio Seminar to Spread Vital STMA Message to `Download and Share Music Responsibly’
By Phil Sweetland
Music and Radio contributor, The New York Times
NASHVILLE – February’s Country Radio Seminar included appearances by country superstars including George Strait, Alan Jackson, and Faith Hill, but some of the finest CRS performances came from the nearly four-dozen artists who recorded PSAs to show their support for Save the Music America’s (STMA) efforts to stem the tide of illegal downloading of music.
Tracy Lawrence, Jerrod Niemann, The Roys, Ty Herndon, David Ball, Billy Dean, Ira Dean, and Deborah Allen were among the artists participating in this vital effort.
As STMA notes, “illegal file sharing and downloading may seem innocent, but the effects are devastating. To date more than 70,000 jobs have been lost, and thousands of industry related businesses have closed their doors.”
To fit with today’s TV and radio format, some Public Service Announcements are 10 seconds, others 30 seconds. One of the 30-second spots included this quote: “Music speaks a universal language and forms the soundtrack of our lives. However, the future of music is in jeopardy, the short-and-sweet 10-second spots read: “Support the future of American music, please download and share your music responsibly. To learn more log on at SaveTheMusicAmerica.org.”
Mark Dreyer, one of Nashville’s in-demand session players and producers and publisher of the Nashville Music Business Directory, is the founder of STMA. “We got a very positive response to the PSA messages,” Dreyer says. “We would like to thank CRS, Aristo Media, and all the artists for their participation supporting the message.”
Other artists who kindly donated their time and talents to record PSAs during CRS included: Buddy Jewell, Matt Kennon, Bryan White, Glen Templeton, Jaida Dreyer, David Frizzell, Julie Ingram, Sean Patrick McGraw, Lucas Hoge, Kaylin Karr, Dustin Lynch, the Farm, Sherry Lynn, Justin Haigh, the Wayne Mills Band, Mark Wayne Glasmire, Taylor Made, Susan Cattaneo, Candy Coburn, Madonna Nash, Dee Hilligoss, the McClymonts, Lisa Matassa, Beth Coyhall, Kayla Nettle, Corey Wagar, Joanna Mosca, Justin McBride, James Wesley, Jason Cassidy, Nicole, Leah Seawright, Lizzie Sider, Manty McIntosh, One Height Rodeo, and Kelly Parkes.