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The Canadian Country Music AssociationⓇ To Honour Lindsay Ell As The 2024 Recipient Of The Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award



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The Make You Movement Provides Financial Support For Organizations Dedicated To Helping Disenfranchised Youth And Survivors Of Sexual Trauma And Domestic Abuse 

Toronto, ON (July 9, 2024) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Board of Directors and the CCMA are proud to announce Lindsay Ell as the 2024 recipient of the Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, honouring the multiple CCMA Award winner and Platinum-certified artist for her remarkable achievements with The Make You Movement charitable fund, in addition to her outstanding advocacy work and support for sexual assault survivors and the LGBTQ2SIA+ community. Awarded annually, the Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual(s) and/or event(s) that have made an outstanding contribution of time and energy in the support of humanitarian causes through country music.

“I think one of the most important responsibilities of artists is to use their platforms for good, to do everything they can to change the world or at least make it better for those whose voices aren’t always heard,” said Ell. “I’m so proud of what we have accomplished through The Make You Movement and know that this is just the beginning. Thank you to both The Slaight Family and the CCMA for inspiring this community to dig deep and help where we can with the creation of this award. I promise to continue this work with both passion and dedication.” 

“Lindsay Ell’s remarkable contributions to improving the lives of countless individuals both in Canada and around the world is commendable,” shares Gary Slaight, President and CEO of The Slaight Family Foundation. “The Slaight Family Foundation has always prioritized giving back to those in need as a fundamental human responsibility, and we wholeheartedly support Lindsay’s dedication to this mission. Her outstanding work with The Make You Movement and other charitable organizations truly merits this Humanitarian Award, and I extend my heartfelt congratulations to her.”

After bravely coming forward with news of her own sexual assault with the 2020 release of “make you”, Ell launched The Make You Movement, a charitable fund dedicated to raising money for aid organizations providing support for disenfranchised youth, specifically focussing on survivors of sexual trauma and domestic abuse. With Ell galvanizing friends and fans from all over the world to contribute, the fund has received donations in excess of $33k and the Community Fund of Middle Tennessee, which manages The Make You Movement, recently confirmed that her international giving ranks among the highest of their 1600+ donors. 

Ell’s commitment to advocacy extends to her long-time support of the Nashville Sexual Assault Centre, where she recently spoke on behalf of the organization’s Safe Tracks Bystander Intervention Training program, launched in 2023 and designed specifically for the music industry. She continues to use her platform and celebrity to boost donation opportunities through her appearances, spending time in Calgary working with the Woods Homes Foundation, and making significant personal financial contributions to Rainbow Railroad and The Glenn Gould Foundation, in addition to working with organizations like RAINN and Youth For Tomorrow to raise much needed funds. 

Additionally in the music space, Ell has worked with The CMA Foundation as an Artist Ambassador, ACM Lifting Lives, Notes for Notes and St. Jude, specifically the hospital’s St. Jude Country Cares program.

“Lindsay’s courage in sharing her own story to help others is truly inspiring,” says Amy Jeninga, President, CCMA. “She consistently uses her platform to advocate for those in need, and her dedication to making a positive change in the world makes her incredibly deserving of this honour. We look forward to celebrating her and her amazing work in Edmonton this September.”

The CCMA Award of Achievement is named in recognition of generous donations made by the Slaight Music Foundation. The 2024 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award will be presented to Lindsay Ell during a private industry event as part of Country Music Week 2024, taking place September 11-14 in Edmonton, AB. For further details on the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award and other CCMA Awards of Achievement click HERE

About Lindsay Ell

After a decade of establishing herself as a Platinum-selling songwriter, musician and performer in Nashville, Lindsay Ell has entered her liberated era. Recently, fans have seen Ell shine as Shania Twain’s lead guitarist during the superstar’s “Come on Over” Las Vegas residency and international tour. A generational talent, Ell has always felt at home on stage and has brought her electric live performance style to audiences across the US, Canada, Europe, and the UK for both her headlining shows and alongside Keith Urban, OneRepublic, and Maren Morris.

Unbound, fearless, and unapologetic, Ell’s decade-long career is filled with three #1 hit songs and a Platinum-certified single in addition to many other honours, including 20 Canadian Country Music Association Award nominations, and nominations from the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Country Music Television Awards, the JUNO Awards, and the Country Music Awards. Last year, Ell’s creative multitudes earned her both the Canadian Country Music Association Award for Single of the Year and a Canadian Screen Award for her role as the exuberantly warm-hearted host of Canada’s Got Talent, where she helps make the dreams of fellow Canadians come true. Her natural talent was spotted early by The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman, who called then 15-year-old Ell “the most talented and multi-faceted artist I’ve come across in many years.”

However you know her, Lindsay Ell is part of an expanding story.

About the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®)

Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate, and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community, and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards presented by TD. Sponsors of Country Music Week 2024 and the 2024 CCMA Awards presented by TD include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”.

About The Slaight Family Foundation

Since 2013, The Slaight Family Foundation has funded several strategic initiatives across multiple organizations. These initiatives began with gifts to five Toronto hospitals to support priority healthcare issues, followed by programs addressing global humanitarianism, promoting the healthy development of children and youth across Canada, supporting Indigenous issues, initiating a seniors’ initiative to help seniors remain in their homes and communities, assisting with mental health challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting women and girls at risk in Canada, bolstering major theatres recovering from the impacts of COVID and support for dementia care, research and prevention brings the total support for these strategic initiatives to $251.5 million.

The Slaight Family Foundation was established in 2008 by John Allan Slaight. Allan Slaight (1931-2021), known as Canada’s broadcast pioneer, was a leader in the music industry and a prominent Canadian philanthropist. Through his generosity, the Foundation proactively supports charitable initiatives in the areas of healthcare, at-risk youth international development, social services and culture. Allan’s son, Gary Slaight, oversees the foundation as President & CEO, The Slaight Family Foundation. 


Media Contacts:

For the Canadian Country Music Association

Charlotte Thompson | [email protected] | 416.464.8220

For Lindsay Ell

Tiffany Astle | [email protected] | 416.554.7329