CCMA Appoints New Executive Director

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The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Carmen Celestini as the new Executive Director of the Association.

The search for an Executive Director was undertaken after the resignation earlier this year of President Jan Cody who will be leaving the CCMA at the end of September.

Ms Celestini was with the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for 15 years, most recently as Awards Director for its Genie and Gemini Awards and brings vast experience in administration and production as well as an extensive network of relationships within the community of Canadian entertainment. She has worked with broadcasters, government agencies and sponsors working to establish and promote the incredible talent from every region of Canada.

Ms. Celestini said "It was an honour for me to work with the people in Canadian film and television for so many years, and I am absolutely thrilled to be able to now work with all the people in Canadian country music who have the same talent, dedication and commitment to their crafts."

"We at the CCMA are very excited about Carmen joining us" added Heather Ostertag, Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors, who announced Ms. Celestini's appointment in Regina at Country Music Week 2007. "I am excited about the opportunity for the CCMA and Carmen to collaborate. I know with her joining the CCMA team great things can be accomplished.”

Ms. Celestini assumed her duties September 11, 2007.

About the Canadian Country Music Association
Since 1976 the Canadian Country Music Association has been a pivotal member of the entertainment industry in Canada as a federally charted, non-profit trade organization. For 30 years the CCMA has worked to protect the heritage of; advocate the development of; and enact laws favourable to the Canadian country music industry domestically and internationally. Through the use of education, marketing and communications, plus recognition, the CCMA works on behalf of its membership and the industry throughout the year and during pivotal events such as Country Music Week and the CCMA Awards each September, to heighten awareness and increase exposure for Canada's country industry.

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