ACM Lifting Lives® Announces Officers and New Board of Directors for 2017-2018

ENCINO, CA (November 13, 2017) – ACM Lifting Lives® is announcing its board of directors for the 2017 – 2018 term, including newly elected Chairman Debbie Carroll, President Tree Paine, Vice-President Paul Barnabee, and Secretary Tommy Moore. Dwight Wiles continues his role as Treasurer.

The ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors is made up of an equal number of ACM Board Members, referred to as representative directors, as well as leaders in non-profit and corporate affairs that aren’t ACM Board Members, referred to as public directors.

This year, there were four representative director positions and two public director positions elected by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors:

Newly elected representative directors include:

1. Leslie Fram, CMT
2. Shawn McSpadden, Red Light Management
3. John Marks, Spotify
4. Darin Murphy, CAA

Newly elected public directors include:

1. Ricky Kelley, Harley-Davidson of Columbia
2. Jay Williams, WME

*complete board is listed below

“I’m honored to be leading this dedicated and determined board who are ready and willing to serve and fulfill Lifting Lives’ mission of continuing to heal and improving lives through the power of music,” said ACM Lifting Lives Chairman Debbie Carroll.



Chairman – Debbie Carroll, MusiCares

President – Tree Paine, Premium PR

Vice-President – Paul Barnabee

Treasurer – Dwight Wiles, Wiles + Taylor & Co., PC

Secretary – Tommy Moore, Academy of Country Music


1. Paul Barnabee
2. Rod Essig, CAA
3. Chris Farren, Combustion Music
4. Leslie Fram, CMT
5. Gayle Holcomb, WME
6. John Marks, Spotify
7. Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media
8. Shawn McSpadden, Red Light Management
9. Daniel Miller, Red Light Management / Fusion Music
10. Darin Murphy, CAA
11. Kimberly Schlapman
12. Ben Vaughn, Warner/Chappell Music
13. Troy Vollhoffer, PGP/Country Thunder Music Festivals
14. Butch Waugh, Studio2bee


1. Mark Bloom, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
2. Debbie Carroll, MusiCares
3. Ross Copperman
4. Ann Edelblute, The HQ
5. Fletcher Foster, Iconic Entertainment Group
6. Ricky Kelley, Harley-Davidson of Columbia
7. Lorie Lytle
8. Michael McAnally Baum, SMACKSongs/SMACKProductions
9. Beth Moore, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
10. Tree Paine, Premium PR
11. Lisa Paulsen, Entertainment Industry Foundation
12. Meredith Seacrest, Seacrest Foundation
13. Dwight Wiles, Wiles + Taylor & Co., PC
14. Jay Williams, WME


1. Lori Badgett, City National Bank
2. Bill Mayne, CRB
3. Bruce Bowman, Kaboom!
4. Ed Warm, Joe’s Live


1. Mark Hartley, Fitzgerald Hartley

About ACM Lifting Lives®
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit

Courtesy of ACM