ABOUT THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC Founded in Southern California in 1964, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) is a fan-focused artist and industry-driven organization, providing the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic work of ACM LIFTING LIVES, the charitable arm of the Academy which works to improve lives through the power of music. The Academy has a rich history in the entertainment industry, having been founded when Southern California was a hotbed of emerging country music and when Westerns were a staple of television programing and film production. Comprised of more than 3,800 professional members nationwide, the ACM is headquartered in Encino, Calif. The Academy honors the best and brightest in country music with the annual ACM Awards and annual ACM network TV specials, both airing on CBS, as well as the ACM Honors live event held in Nashville. For more information, log onto www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org.