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Check Out Our 2012 Country Music Summit Coverage:

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Thank You 2012 Attendees:

Thank you for a wonderful conference. 2013 dates are coming soon. See you next year!

Summit Starts Monday: Last Chance to Register

Don't miss your chance to network with brands like Sony ATV Music, SiriusXM, ConAgra, Live Nation, Chevrolet, Warner Music Nashville, Clear Channel, Pennzoil, AEG Live, CMT, SunTrust, Cracker Barrel, ConAgra, Universal Music Group and so much more! Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Luke Bryan and Thompson Square will also be there as well as the best and brightest in the country music industry. Click HERE. to register!

A Conversation with Rob Light: Country Music From an Aerial View

Rob Light, head of the Music department, a partner, and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), will sit with veteran Billboard live entertainment writer Ray Waddell for an in-depth discussion at the Billboard Country Music Summit.

Keynote: Dwight Yoakam: A Conversation About the Future

Grammy-winning country star Dwight Yoakam, an artist who has transcended the country music genre to become a multi-slash innovator and entrepreneur, will be the Superstar Keynote Q&A at the 3rd Annual Billboard Country Summit in a session titled “Guitars, Cadillacs, and Innovation: A Conversation About the Future with Dwight Yoakam.” One of the most respected singer-songwriters in any genre, Yoakam has risen from country music pioneer to legendary cross-genre recording artist. He is also one of music’s “deep thinkers,” and Summit attendees will have a rare opportunity to hear from Yoakam in this must-see session moderated by veteran music writer and Billboard Country Update editor Tom Roland.

ON AIR: The Radio Block: Sponsored by Sony Music Nashville

An afternoon of programming dedicated to Country Radio including: -Interview Keynote/Q&A with John Hogan, Chairman/CEO, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment -Check the Research and Ask the Consultant: The Method, The Madness, The Answers AND MORE!

One Week Left for the Pre-Registration Rate:

Register by May 11th to get the pre-registration rate!

Makin' Tracks: The Journey of a Song: With Thompson Square

When Thompson Square performed “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” with a backing band that featured Vince Gill and Keith Urban during an April 10 fund-raiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame, it added another dimension to a song that changed a number of lives. Certified platinum by the RIAA, the title served as the breakthrough for the Academy of Country Music’s newly minted vocal duo of the year, the first No. 1 for Broken Bow’s Stoney Creek imprint and the first hit single for the NV production team, a four-man unit that includes three members of Jason Aldean’s band. Thompson Square and several key people associated with “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” will explore the hurdles and triumphs in its path during “Makin’ Tracks: The Journey of a Song,”

Q&A With Willie Nelson: Just Announced!

One of the most important figures in the history of country music will participate in a rare Q&A on June 5th. Legendary outlaw and Country Music Hall of Famer Nelson, in town to play a date with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra on June 5 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, will stop by the summit to talk about . . . whatever he wants to. Having written a wealth of country music’s greatest songs, launched Farm Aid, played thousands of shows and built a recording career that changed country music forever, Nelson should have plenty to say.

Keynote Artist Development Case Study: With Luke Bryan

On the first day of the summit, rising country star Luke Bryan will take part in the “Artist Development Case Study” panel, an in-depth discussion with key players on a career that’s seeing serious growth and has a robust long-term prognosis. Bryan’s team, including manager Kerri Edwards at Red Light Management and agent Jay Williams of William Morris Endeavor, will break down the strategic moves that have taken Bryan to headlining status and what comes next.

Dear Country Music Industry Professionals:

The third annual Billboard Country Music Summit, presented in association with CMA, is set for June 4-5 at Nashville’s recently renovated Cannery Ballroom. The Summit features industry-leading programming that informs, educates and inspires, providing networking opportunities for all Country Music related businesses.

Conceived as the business-related kickoff for the weeklong celebration of Country Music that culminates with the 2012 CMA Music Festival, the Summit has quickly become known for hosting attendees and speakers that are the elite industry players, including established Country Music industry executives, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and artists that are making a difference. The content and networking at the Summit is unmatched in the industry, focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing this vital genre. Programming is customized to fit the needs of the Country Music business stakeholders today and tomorrow, touching on recording, touring, radio, publishing, finance, sponsorships, international, digital/social and artist development. Discussions are led by the executives who write the checks, write the songs, book the shows, program the singles, create the campaign and take the stage. In its first two years, the Summit has already hosted compelling artist discussions with such stars as Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Charlie Daniels, Gary Alan and others, with case studies and keynotes that break down the most successful artist development and superstar careers in the genre. There is nothing else in the country music business like it.

Make sure to join us for informative keynote interviews, captivating sessions on hot button issues, networking cocktail parties and showcases. Success in the Country Music industry in 2012 begins at the Third Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, presented in association with CMA.

See you at the Cannery (with valet parking)!

Billboard & CMA Country Music Association