SHE celebrated her 71st birthday on the weekend, but music icon Cher can still compete with pop stars less than half her age. Winners are determined by a voting committee composed of active professionals within various fields of the music industry, including radio programming, music retail, music management, and notable recording artists (as determined by whether their records have reached approved music charts during the past year).
BreakOut West would like to thank FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, the 6 member industry associations that make up the Western Canadian Music Alliance and their funding bodies, and all 2016 award and event sponsors for making the 14th annual BreakOut West a great success.
The recipient is first nominated to The Presser Foundation by the executive head of the music school, utilizing judgments of faculty members able to gauge the relative merits of currently enrolled students who will be returning for further study next year.
Every year, the Coalition for Music Education recognizes exemplary principals in Canada for their leadership and support of music programs in their schools – one recipient from each region (Eastern, Central and Western), as well as an award sponsored by the National Arts Centre for a recipient in Nunavut.
During the early 1970, the organization changed its name to the Academy of Country and Western Music and finally to the Academy of Country Music to avoid confusion about whether the organization was a music school.1 As such, its early membership was largely composed of those country performers based in the west.