Kane Brown to Receive Prestigious CRS Artist Humanitarian Award for Philanthropic Dedication
Brown says it’s “truly an honor.”
Kane Brown; Photo by Diwang Valdez
Kane Brown will soon be recognized for his philanthropic efforts when he receives the 2024 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award at Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville.
The Sony Music Nashville artist was revealed as the 2024 recipient of the honor on Wednesday (Jan. 31) in an announcement made by the Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB). This honor acknowledges Kane’s longstanding dedication to humanitarian endeavors, specifically his commitment to supporting underprivileged youth.
Longtime Supporter Of Boys & Girls Club
Brown is a longtime supporter of the Boys & Girls Club National Organization (BGCA). Throughout his career, he has made a conscious effort to improve the lives of underprivileged youth and has donated not only his money but also his time, to see these efforts through. He has also funded opportunities for members of local BGCA chapters to attend his concerts, providing backstage access, dinner, and tickets to those coming out to the shows. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown extended these initiatives, going as far as providing a secure suite experience for both the children and their accompanying chaperones at his concerts.
On his NBA arena tour, the superstar contributed $1 from each ticket sold towards the renovation of a BGCA gym in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, Brown worked with Lowe’s to help rebuild a BGCA facility in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The earnings from his song “Worldwide Beautiful” and the sales of his “Kane Krunch” cereal were also generously contributed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Previous Recipient Of “Champion of Youth” Award
In October of 2022, Brown was honored with the “Champion of Youth” award from the BGCA, acknowledging his continued contributions to the organization. Previous recipients of this award include LeBron James, Denzel Washington, and Jennifer Lopez.
“CRS is proud to recognize Kane Brown with our highest Artist Humanitarian honor. Kane ‘walks the walk’ in supporting underprivileged youth in the U.S. through a deep commitment to the Boys & Girls Club National organization,” Beverlee Brannigan, CRS/CRB Board member and Chairwoman of the CRS Awards Committee, shared in a statement. “We are inspired by his year-round generosity of time, effort, and resources. Kane continues to be a daily difference-maker in the lives of youths.”
Brown said the award is “truly an honor.” He will receive the CRS Artist Humanitarian Award on Thursday, February 28 at 3 pm during CRS Honors.
Established in 1990, the CRB Artist Humanitarian Award is awarded to a country artist whose philanthropic endeavors have significantly enhanced the impact and effectiveness of the causes they champion. This honoree not only lends their name and influence but also commits their time, talent, and resources.
Previous Recipients Include Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, And More
Previous recipients of the Artist Humanitarian Award include Tracy Lawrence, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, and Brad Paisley, among others.
Country Radio Seminar will take place at the Omni Hotel Nashville from February 28 through March 1, 2024. CRS is an annual convention for the country music industry to gather and discuss issues related to country radio. Additional information on the event can be found HERE.
Lauren Jo Black
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