The new-look Country Radio Seminar began Monday afternoon in Nashville. The event, held at the Omni Hotel for the first time, kicked off with Keith Urban receiving the Artist Humanitarian Award for all his fundraising for charities and his efforts to spread the joy of music to kids all around the world. The award was presented to Urban by the 2015 winners, Lady Antebellum.
Over the years, Urban has been a strong supporter of numerous benefit concerts, including the annual “All For The Hall” Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum benefit concerts, which have raised nearly $3 million in proceeds. In addition, he’s been, and remains, a supporter of The Grammy in the Schools program, Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund, and was recently named the first Ambassador of the CMA Foundation.
He is a continued supporter of the “Make A Wish” Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As an advisory board member at St. Jude, Urban has visited the hospital and produces a calendar each year with all net proceeds going to St. Jude. Since their inception in 2003, these calendars have raised more than $850,000 for the life-saving mission of the hospital.
Urban was also the first Ambassador for the CMA Foundation’s Education Program and has donated from his line, URBAN guitars, to five Music Education Matters partner programs across the country, including programs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, and San Francisco. He’s also donated URBAN guitars to the Grammy Foundation and its MusiCares program, as well as donating proceeds from the guitars to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to keep musical instruments in schools.