Two Auburn students named to Country Music Association’s Class of 2022 Leadership Program
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Public relations junior Oakley Holmes and finance sophomore David Putman have been selected for the 2022-2023 class of the Country Music Association’s CMA EDU Leadership Program.
CMA EDU is a highly competitive, year-long career development program that connects students with professional development opportunities, music industry professionals, and alumni mentors. Each student can customize their career development plan based on their goals and, in the summer, attend the CMA EDU Leadership Summit, a multi-day conference to connect with other students, network with professionals, and learn more about the music industry.
Holmes attended the CMA EDU program last year and said she looks forward to making more industry connections in her final year in the program.
“This achievement means a lot to me because it connects me to the industry even from Auburn,” Holmes said. “The program was incredibly insightful and I got to hear from successful music industry professionals. During my final year at CMA EDU, I learned a lot and made some wonderful friendships and relationships that will continue with me when I move to Nashville after graduation.
Putman said he looks forward to networking in Nashville, where he also hopes to land after graduation. He said CMA EDU’s curriculum and alumni base will help him succeed for years to come.
“I’m extremely excited to take advantage of these opportunities and meet students from across the country who are just as passionate about this industry as I am,” Putman said. “Additionally, I want all Auburn students to know about the growing music industry programs at Auburn University. It’s hugely motivating to know that people like Oakley and I are paving the way for future students. from Auburn.
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