September 13, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 153 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
HONORING THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ON ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 153
(Extensions of Remarks - September 13, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1252-E1253] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ON ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY ______ HON. JIM COOPER of tennessee in the house of representatives Thursday, September 13, 2018 Mr. COOPER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Country Music Association for its 60 years of providing unity, purpose, and leadership within the country music industry. The Country Music Association was the first trade association formed to promote a genre of music. Since its founding in 1958, it has [[Page E1253]] grown from its original 160 members and today represents more than 7,400 industry professionals. The Country Music Association preserves the industry's rich heritage and time-honored traditions. This organization's tireless advocacy has brought the appreciation for and the excellence of country music to new heights. Country Music is the story of America, and the Country Music Association shares this story around the world. The Country Music Association celebrates life by connecting those near and far and making global connections through the gift of music. Country music creates a place for everyone by evoking celebration and pain, joy and sorrow, love and loss. The country music industry is as charitable as it is talented. The Country Music Association Foundation, the organization's charitable group, has invested more than $21 million in improving and sustaining music education programs across the nation. Thanks to these efforts, students from everywhere are gaining skills and knowledge to help them succeed in all facets of their lives. The power of country music is boundless, and the Country Music Association ensures that its genius is reaching every corner of this world and will continue to do so for generations to come. I am honored to represent the home of the Country Music Association in Nashville, Tennessee, and am proud to recognize its 60th anniversary. ____________________