Friday Buzz: Country Music Association Aims for Organized Awards Vote

Ahead of the CMA Awards, the Country Music Association's voters and nominee solicitors will get an organized resource designed to discourage a flood of solicitations. Plus: How to make your group’s Twitter cover photo super awesome.

Want your favorite country music star to get an award this fall?

A lot of people do—and it causes some major headaches for the Country Music Association and its members. Voters are often deluged with solicitations ahead of the CMA Awards ceremony that takes place in November.

CMA’s solution? Organizing the large wave of pleas voters receive through a new initiative called the Nominee Showcase, Billboard reports.

While voters previously received everything from statistics reports to sound files and videos via emails that clogged their inboxes, solicitations from supporters of CMA nominees will now be placed in a centralized spot in a format that’s easy to navigate.

This initiative emphasizes organization, seamless access, and fairness. It helps not only the voters for this year’s CMAs but also the nominee backers themselves. Labels and managers don’t have to send multiple packets of information to multiple voters. And it will also boost the less-publicized categories.

The first set of ballots were sent to voters on July 5. CMA plans to have the Nominee Showcase set up during the next round of voting.

Tweet of the Day

Cover photos on Twitter can often be a last thought, but there are some examples out there that encourage creativity and make a Twitter profile look bold and interesting.

Lindsay Kolowich over at HubSpot’s company blog put together 23 examples that well-known brands have come up with. Time for your organization to get a neat one of its own!

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Patrick deHahn

By Patrick deHahn

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