ACM Lifting Lives® Announces Officers and New Board of Directors

ENCINO, CA (December 9, 2015) – ACM Lifting Lives is announcing its board of directors for the 2015 – 2016 term, including newly elected Chairman Lori Badgett, President Ed Warm, Vice-President Debbie Carroll, Treasurer Dwight Wiles and Secretary, Hannah Martin.

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 eight representative director positions and five public director positions, elected/appointed by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors:

New representative directors include:

  1. Paul Barnabee, Sony Music Nashville
  2. Ross Copperman
  3. Chris Farren, Combustion Music
  4. Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry
  5. Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment
  6. Darin Murphy, CAA
  7. Kimberly Schlapman
  8. Butch Waugh

New public directors include:

  1. Debbie Carroll, MusiCares
  2. Lorie Lytle
  3. Jerrod Niemann
  4. Tree Paine, Premium PR
  5. Dwight Wiles, Smith, Wiles & Co.

*complete board is listed below

“ACM Lifting Lives was the beneficiary of another generous gift from the ACM: $1 million, the largest to date. This was the result of unprecedented successful events surrounding the ACM’s 50th anniversary celebration in Dallas, TX. ACM Lifting Lives looks forward to a new year of successful grant-giving, strategic partnerships, and working with the incredible board of industry leaders, as we continue focusing on improving lives through the power of music,” said ACM Lifting Lives Chairman Lori Badgett.



Chairman -Lori Badgett, City National Bank
President – Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar
Vice-President – Debbie Carroll, MusiCares
Treasurer – Dwight Wiles, Smith, Wiles & Co.
Secretary – Hannah Martin, ACM Lifting Lives


Paul Barnabee, Sony Music Nashville
Ross Copperman
Rod Essig, CAA
Chris Farren, Combustion Music
Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry
Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment
Darin Murphy, CAA
Kimberly Schlapman
Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar
Butch Waugh


Lori Badgett, City National Bank
Mark Bloom, UBS Financial Services, Inc
Debbie Carroll, MusiCares
Ann Edelblute, The H.Q.
Ricky Kelley
Ellen Lehman, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Lorie Lytle
Beth Moore, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Jerrod Niemann
Tree Paine, Premium PR
Dwight Wiles, Smith, Wiles & Co.


Bill Mayne, CRB (2015)
Bruce Bowman, Kaboom! (2014)
Mark Hartley, Fitzgerald Hartley (2013)
Gayle Holcomb, WME (2012)

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

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