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Clarence Spalding, president of Spalding Entertainment and Lebanon native, was named the "Manager of the Year" Wednesday of last week by the Country Music Association in Nashville.
Spalding was one of several winners of CMA's touring industry honors known as the SRO (Standing Room Only) Awards, which were presented by superstar artist and radio personality Kix Brooks and CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore during "The 42nd Annual IEBA Conference" in conjunction with the presentation of the IEBA Awards and Hall of Fame Induction in Nashville.
"Following the success of the inaugural CMA Touring Musician Award in 2011, the CMA Board felt that the SRO Awards in their entirety should be reintroduced in 2012," said Moore. "The touring industry is a vibrant part of our business and these hard-working individuals are very deserving of this recognition."
Winners were determined in two rounds of balloting with CMA members in the following categories: affiliated, artist, engineer, entertainment services, musician, personal manager, publicist, record label, talent agent, talent buyer/promoter, tv/video/media, and venue.
The SRO Awards were originally created by the CMA Board of Directors in 1990 to honor outstanding professional achievement within the touring industry.