Keith Urban to Receive Artist Humanitarian Award at CRS 2016
Keith Urban will be recognized for his charity work with the Artist Humanitarian Award at the upcoming 2016 Country Radio Seminar.
The country superstar's charitable efforts throughout his career include numerous fundraising concerts, such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's annual All for the Hall, which has raised more than $3 million to date, as well as support of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation and the Grammy in the Schools program. He was the CMA Foundation Education Program's first ambassador and has donated money from his signature guitar line to, among others, Music Education Matters partner programs and the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares.
Additionally, Urban is also a strong supporter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; his yearly calendar has raised more than $850,000 for St. Jude since 2003. The singer was a key fundraiser after the 2010 Nashville floods and supports U.S. troops by donating his artist and publishing royalties from his song "For You" to the Navy SEALS Foundation -- a total of $300,000.
“Keith Urban is a true humanitarian who gives out of love, passion, spirit and generosity,” CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne says in a press release. “It’s been an honor to witness quietly from the sidelines the amount of time, talent and passion that Keith has selflessly given over his life and career. The impact and reach of his generosity has effected so many and is so broad in scope and depth — his is a bar of humanitarian effort that we all can be inspired by!”
Lady Antebellum, last year's Artist Humanitarian Award recipients, will present Urban with this year's honor during CRS 2016, which is set to take place on Feb. 8-10 in Nashville. Urban was a featured speaker at last year's seminar.
Other already-announced events for the 2016 Country Radio Seminar include Tim McGraw as a featured speaker and Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, the Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion and Chris Janson for the New Faces of Country Music show.
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