Country artist and 2017 CMA New Artist of the Year Jon Pardi will host the 2019 CMA Touring Awards, taking place Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works. The CMA Touring Awards highlight vital behind-the-scenes members of the touring industry.
The Country Music Association will honor Conway Entertainment Group/Ontourage Management founder/owner Tony Conway with its 2019 CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement Award. Conway received the news during last week’s CMA Board of Directors meeting in Nashville, where he received a standing ovation from Board members and CMA staff.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to receive this award from the CMA,” Conway shared. “I have to give credit to all of the artists that have allowed me to represent them and to all the agents, managers, promoters and staff I have worked with the last 44 years. They are the reason for any success I may have achieved. It takes a team and I have worked with THE BEST.”
Conway, who currently manages ALABAMA, Lorrie Morgan and Randy Travis, is widely recognized as a leader in live event production. He coordinated the very first FarmAid show in 1985, working closely with many installations of the event since. Conway was also Executive Producer for the annual CMA Music Festival (formerly Fan Fair and now CMA Fest) for 11 years and was instrumental in moving the festival from the old Nashville Fairgrounds to its current downtown Nashville footprint.