Rob Potts to Posthumously Obtain Australia’s Ted Albert Award
Rob Potts, the late live performance promoter, supervisor and nation music champion, will obtain the Ted Albert Award for Excellent Providers to Australian Music, one of many highest accolades in Australia’s music business.
The award, named after pioneering impartial file producer and Albert Productions founder Ted Albert, will likely be introduced on the 2019 APRA Music Awards, to be held April 30 at Melbourne City Corridor.
In a decades-long profession, Potts was reserving agent to the likes of Keith City, Tommy Emmanuel, Lee Kernaghan and James Blundell, and guided the profession of Warner Music Nashville signing Morgan Evans. Previous to his loss of life in 2017 in a bike accident, Potts launched FANGATE Music, a joint label with Sony Music Leisure Australia as a car for growing rising native and worldwide nation acts.
As a live performance promoter and CEO of Leisure Edge, Potts toured a few of the greatest names in U.S. nation music throughout Australia, from Zac Brown Band, to Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, Religion Hill, Alan Jackson, Florida Georgia Line, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Dixie Chicks and lots of extra. In 2009, Roberts introduced a pre-superstar Taylor Swift to Australia for her first reveals within the territory.
By means of his lengthy operating partnership with Michael Chugg’s Chugg Leisure, Potts established the CMC Rocks pageant model throughout the CMC Rocks The Snowys, CMC Rocks The Hunter and now CMC Rocks QLD festivals, the latter of which launched in 2008.
The newest CMC Rocks, held at Willowbank throughout 4 days in March 2019, was headlined by Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line and was the largest version but, enjoying host to capability of 24,000 nation followers every day.
Talking on Potts’ posthumous honor, Michael Chugg mentioned his good good friend and fellow Tasmanian “is a shining instance of the whole lot that’s fantastic about our business.” Chugg added, “For a lot of, a few years he led the battle to interrupt Australian nation music in Nashville and have become a Board member of the CMA, Nation Music Affiliation of America. Many people are saddened daily that Rob isn’t with us to see all his laborious work come to fruition; Keith City, Tommy Emmanuel and Morgan Evans are simply three of the acts he championed.”
The Ted Albert Award is determined by the APRA board of author and writer administrators. Earlier recipients embody Chugg, Paul Kelly, Michael Gudinski, Denis Handlin, the late Slim Dusty, The Seekers, Lindy Morrison of the Go-Betweens, Fifa Riccobono and final yr’s winner Midnight Oil.