Country music superstar and BMI songwriter Keith Urban will be the featured speaker at this year’s Country Radio Seminar Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. during the annual convention, which takes place at the Nashville Convention Center Feb. 25-27, 2015. The Seminar is designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to country radio.
The BMI-sponsored event, entitled Keith Urban: Being Present, was named as such because radio consistently says Keith Urban is known for ‘being present” and has been one of the first to tear down the walls between the artist and their live audience. According to CRS, this topic is important not only for on-air talent and programmers who now have multiple jobs, multiple air shifts, and management responsibilities, it is extremely relevant to everyone in today’s business environment who must be proficient in multi-tasking with many individuals and still be in “that moment,” with an employee, listener, business colleague and audience.
“This will be a definitive ‘memorable moment’ for all of us this year: having this incredible talent address this most critical skill in today’s hectic professional business environment, with far reaching effect on one’s ability to communicate,” says CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne. “Urban is one of the first artists to have literally broken down the separation that can exist even on the concert stage. Not only has he been leaving the stage, to join his audiences for years, he was the first artist that I’ve ever seen, whose stage literally bled into the crowd, with no barrier of any kind – no doubt entirely by design.”
Mayne continues, “Keith is one of the most impressive and successful artists of our time. There’s no doubt that both the musician and the man have set the standard for the way any artist’s relationship should be with his or her fans. His ability to connect on a human level whether in person or through his music is unprecedented. Radio air talent and programmers are unanimous when referring to Urban’s uncanny ability to connect with people. It is genuine, heartfelt and authentic. Through the years we have all seen how Keith conducts himself during backstage visits, both with fans and industry personnel.”
Registrations for Country Radio Seminar are available for purchase through www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487. Like CRS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2015).