The Country Music Association has today announced the Rob Potts International Exchange Program.
The program, which is named in honour of late country music manager and promoter Rob Potts, is a four week long exchange that will see two participants (one from the US and one from Australia) “participate in a series of internships and networking opportunities”.
The exchange aims to expose the participants to different parts of the music industry, including working across bookings, live events, media/public relations, video production, recording and more, and is open to full-time college/university student or emerging industry professional between the ages of 18 and 25.
“We are honoured to celebrate the legacy of Rob and his contribution to the country music industry through this exchange program and are looking forward to impacting the next generation of music industry professionals through this international program. Even though his home was miles away in Australia, he was a regular fixture here in Nashville,” says CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.
“I still expect to see him in the crowd at CMA Fest. Rob was a tireless advocate for country music and we are delighted to engage a new generation of the industry in his honour.”
“The dream my father pursued for three decades was to build a bridge between country music in Australia and in Nashville, behind the scenes as much as on stage,” adds Potts’ son Jeremy Dylan.
“This program will honour his legacy and further expand the global exchange of people and ideas that has made country music a truly international genre. I’m very grateful to Sarah, Milly Olykan, everyone at CMA, and everyone else who helped bring this project to fruition, and I’m excited to see the successful applicants embrace these amazing opportunities”.
Applications for the program are now open and will close on Sunday 30 June. Head here for more info or to apply.