Phone: 780-951-4564

  Introduction to an Exciting Sponsorship Opportunity

Sponsorship Levels

Country Star Platinum Sponsorship ($5,000 plus)

Country Star Gold Sponsorship ($2,500 plus)

Country Star Silver Sponsorship ($1,000 plus)

Country Star Bronze Sponsorship ($500 plus)

Supporter ($100 plus)

Donations of any amount may be made to the program

Donors will receive a letter of receipt only so that the donor may use it for a business write-off. 

For Further Information contact:

Maryanne Gibson, President/ CEO
lobal Country
10178 – 106 Street
dmonton, Alberta T5J 1H4

Phone: 780 951-4564

Fax: 780 423-2824

Background Information on Global Country


With its Head Office in Edmonton, Alberta, the Global Country Canada Foundation also known as "Global Country Canada is a non‐profit organization, with charitable status. The origin of Global Country began in 1987 in the Province of Alberta as the Country Music Foundation. In 1992 the name of the Foundation was officially changed to Global Country Canada Foundation.

The overwhelming popularity of country music has inspired Global Country to devote its' time, effort, and resources, in developing new country talent and creating a lasting impression, proving that country music is an important part of our Canadian cultural heritage.

Since its inception, Global Country has a proven dedication to supporting Country Music, not only provincially, but also at the National and North American level. Twinned as Nashville's Sister City, Edmonton has developed an affiliation to strengthen friendship and international understanding. The Foundation has become the conduit between the two cities using "country music" as the common thread.

From one end of the country to the other, country music continues to flourish and grow in popularity with each succeeding generation. Global Country strives to keep this growing momentum by celebrating those artists who have made their way to the top, and by assisting in the development of those artists on their way up, producing an annual “Country Star Search Concert”, promoting country concerts in general, and supporting country music artists through educational programs.

Among the Canadian and International recording artists who have received early experience and exposure through Global Country programs, are Adam Gregory, Samantha King, Katie Mission, Mike Gouchie, Tiffany Dowhan, and Brett Kissel, plus newly charting Canadian country artists Kayla Patrick, Danielle Lowe, and others.

Guiding Principals at Global Country

The attitudes and actions towards the audience, employees, volunteers and the community are guided by the following values and operating principles:


Global Country treats all individuals with respect, dignity, equality and understanding.

Positive Environment

Global Country strives to be friendly, enthusiastic, kind and courteous.


Global Country works with competence, commitment and pride. They are honest, flexible and lead by example. They give positive reinforcement and constructive criticism.

Clarity of Communications

Global Country is clear about performance expectations.


Global Country has shared vision and goals. They are supportive and share duties, information and expertise. They care about professional development and cooperation.

Community Responsibility

Global Country recognizes the tremendous value performing arts and culture adds to the quality of life in the community. They engage community members, act as a catalyst, and ensure that they play a positive role in the development of country music in Canada.

Core Business

Preserving the history of country music and developing new talent.

Global County President/CEO– Maryanne Gibson

Maryanne Gibson has been the Chief Executive Officer, non-paying position, of Global Country since 1992. Maryanne brings to the position over thirty five years (35) in music, as a performer, mentor, artist manager, talent developer and promoter. In the early 60’s, along with her cousin, she formed a country band called “The Ballad Aires”. They played at country dances, weddings, and private functions. 

Maryanne’s full time position prior to retirement, was serving Albertans. She had an extensive career under the “Dome”  at the Alberta Legislature, working in Visitor Services and Protocol.  Maryanne worked on many royal visits and special mission groups responsible for the entertainment of dignitaries from around the world.    In 1981 Maryanne was secnded as Director of the Alberta Pavilion in Toronto during the Canadian National Exhibition.  And for the next five years, took ‘The Alberta Story’ to Central Canada.  Maryanne’s passion for Alberta artists and music was reflected through the string of provincial artists she gathered to perform on The Alberta Stage.

Maryanne was also involved in hiring and training young Albertans for other facilities, such as Man and His World in Montreal, Expo 86, the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, and other Alberta features.  Throughout these times, Maryanne always kept an eye open for opportunities to feature Alberta entertainers.

Maryanne’s passion for growing the music imdustry led to her to becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Global Country in 1992, and the Executive Director the Alberta Recording Industries Association. During her time with ARIA she was able to re-establish the goals and objectives for the association, which was later to become Alberta Music.  Maryanne also worked on a national level through FACTOR, the Canadian Country Music Association, CARAS, and later the North American Country Music Associations International. 

Maryanne was instrumental in securing Country Music Week back to Edmonton in 2000 and 2004, when she served a Co-Chair for the event.  In addition, along with the Mayor of Edmonton, in 2004 she was able to secure the Juno’s in Edmonton for the first time.

Alberta experienced a severe drought in 2002 & 2003, which affected the agricultural industry in a big way.   Maryanne, along with 7 other concerned individuals from the music industry, formed the Say Hay Benefits Committee to produce two big concerts that raised money for the purchase of hay for Alberta’s cattle farmers. This effort won The Say Hay Committee the Humanitarian and Event of the Year Awards at the 2003 CCMA’s.


International Director, North American Country Music Associations International, based out of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Currently a Director, Events Edmonton, and former President of the Klondike Days Association. 

Member of the Canadian Country Music Association and the Country Music Association, US.

Has served as a judge at many talent competitions:

- Colgate Competitions in Tennessee
- Hank Snow Competitions in Bridge Water, Nova Scotia

- Northlands Northern Talent Search, and also worked with Northlands as a committee member for their annual Country Vocal Spotlight.

Continues to work closely with Alberta Music and the Association of Country Music in Alberta, encouraging emerging artists to be members and reap the rewards of what is offered. Encouragement is also directed to the importance of belonging to national, and other organizations, where they can develop and grow.


Maryanne Gibson has been recognized on many occasions for her exceptional community service. 

  • The Northlands Park Award of Merit for Outstanding Contributions
  • The Cheechako Award from the Canadian Progress Club for Outstanding Service to Edmonton Klondike Days.
  • The Hank Smith Award of Excellence from the CCMA’s
  • The Thank You Award presented by the Canadian Academy of Recorded Arts and Sciences    

Events and Programs at Global Country

Global Country Star Search

There is an exciting opportunity for budding artists seeking a career in Country Music and chance to obtain an education on how the music business works.

Each year Global Country holds an Annual Country Star Search Competition. From the competition there have been many success stories. First of all the winners have the opportunity to enter into the North American Country Music Associations International Competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Along with this, they are provided with a fully guided tour of the sights and sounds of Nashville, along with behind the scenes glimpses of how the music industry works.

Global Country has offered its’ winners valuable experience and education about the music industry, and has opened up many doors and contacts on both sides of the border. Many of the winners have gone on to further their own careers with recordings and radio airplay across the country.

Comments from Previous Winners

The trip was nothing short of an inspiring, eye opening, extraordinary adventure. You have worked tirelessly and for the sake of helping young artists thrive

The Nashville trip was amazing, you taught me so much about Nashville, and the business along with how the industry works”

It was a life changing experience. I learned so much about the industry and made some amazing new friends”

Im so glad to have been part of the Nashville crew, I love hearing of everyones success and looking forward to seeing everyone in the future

So many wouldnt be as far as they are now, without Global Country”

Success Stories Of Some Previous Global 
Country Artists
Aaron GoodvinAaron is now living in Nashville where he is a singer/songwriter signed with Warner – Chappel music. Aaron is becoming the songwriter to go to for emerging Canadian artists, having had his songs cut on several recent albums. His songs are now also being recorded by some prominent American country acts, such as Luke Byran, who included one of Aaron’s songs on his latest album, which has gone Platinum, and Scotty McCreery, who included one of Aaron's songs on his new album. He has also had cuts on the albums of US newcomers, Jon Pardi, and Cole Swindell. In Canada Aaron has 10 songs on the upcoming debut album by Tristan Hornecastle. Aaron also co-produced the album, which will be released on Royalty Records. Aaron also has a song in the Canadian Top 50, “Always Tonight”, which he wrote with the group, Wyatt, who released the song on their album. Aaron is also still recording and working on his own performance career and on November 6, 2015 it was announced that he has been signed by Warner Music Canada, and his first single, “Knock On Wood” was released to Canadian radio. It was also announced that he will be on a 37 date cross Canada tour opening for Johnny Reid in February and March 2016.

Alex Hughes – As the spokesperson for Alberta Dodge Dealers, Alex has toured and performed at numerous Alberta fairs, rodeos and other events, and released an EP album of her original songs which was distributed throughout the province by the Dodge dealerships. She is now in Los Angeles where she is working with Grammy Award winning producer Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Kenny G and many others) and has had cameo appearances on the tv reality series “Nail Files”.

Alexandria Adamoski – Formerly known as Alexandria Adamoski, Alee has cracked the top 20 on the Canadian country music charts with one of her original songs, “Don’t Say You Love Me”, an amazing feat for an independent country artist. Her video of the song was also shown on CMT. Alee’s 2 previous singles also received airplay and charted well on many of Canada’s major country radio stations. She was one of the artists chosen to perform at Small Town Saturday Night, sponsored by Big Valley Jamboree, and in a fan voted national competition was the one chosen to perform at the CCMA Fan Fest in 2013. She has now released her debut album and has signed a record deal with a major label. To top off her recent success, in January of 2014, Alee was awarded the Female Artist of the Year Award by the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA), and on January 25, 2015 she won the Award for the 2nd time. In 2015 Alee released a new EP album, “Say Hello To Goodbye” which spawned the most popular single of her career so far, “Moonshine”.

Brett Kissel – Brett’s country musical career continues to spiral upwards. He is signed with Warner Music Canada, and co-managed by well known Canadian manager, Louis O’Reily. He has released his sixth album, “Started With A Song”. Brett had a hand in writing all the songs on the album. The first single from the album broke all Canadian country radio records when 93% of all stations in Canada added it to their play list the first week it was released, and it went to Number One within a few short weeks. His second single from the album, “Raise Your Glass”, also shot to the number one spot on Canadian radio. Brett's previous two self released albums sold over 75,000 copies. He has now moved to Nashville, where he has a publishing and co-management deal with Bob Doyle, long time manager of Garth Brooks and The Band Perry. At the 2014 ACMA Awards, Brett received 4 nominations and took home awards for Single Of The Year for “t Started With A Song", and the Calgary Stampede Rising Star Award. In February, 2014, it was announced that Brett had 5 Edmonton Music Award nominations, winning Male Artist and Album of the Year Awards, and 2 JUNO nominations. At the JUNOs he became the first country artist in 17 years to win the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. Also in February, 2014, Brett co-headlined the Young Guns Tour, with BC’s, One More Girl. The tour sold out across Canada from the west coast to the east coast. In September, 2014, Brett was the top nominated artist at the Canadian Country Music Awards, with 8 nominations. He won the CMT Video of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year Awards. In 2014 he also won a Canadian Radio Music Award as Best New Country Artist and toured across Canada as the opening act for Brad Paisley. Brett started off 2015 by winning Male Artist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year Awards at the Alberta Country Music Awards. During the summer months he headlined several festivals and then made an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville while releasing his new album, “Pick Me Up” which already spawned a massive hit song “Airwaves”. In Halifax in September 2015 he was awarded the CCMA Award for Interactive Artist Of The Year and in the fall of 2015 he is headlining his “Airwaves” cross-Canada tour, which has sold out in many venues.

Danielle Lowe – Her first album “Off Limits” yielded 3 singles that charted on Canadian country radio across Canada. She has just released her second album, “Patience” which has already yielded 2 radio singles. Always willing to lend her singing talents to any cause, Danielle’s philanthropy has garnered her many accolades, including being honoured by Global Television as a “Woman of Vision”. Skilled in social media, Danielle has over 35,000 followers on YouTube, which earned her an invite to perform with other YouTube sensations from around the world in London, UK, and that appearance earned her an invite to perform in the Netherlands in September 2013

Kasha AnneKasha has been following her dream by becoming one half of the recording duo, “The Orchard”, with co-writer and performance partner, Mitchell Smith. They have been signed by Royalty Records; have shared stages with some of the top names in Canadian Country Music; have played major Canadian country festivals; have released their debut album of original tunes, “Southern Ground”, produced by CCMA Record Producer of the Year, Bart McKay; have received major radio airplay across Canada; and have had several award nominations. In the fall of 2014 they released their second album, "Georgia".  In 2015 they had five Alberta Country Music Award nominations.

Katie Mission – Katie is signed with Royalty Records. She has released several radio singles and will be releasing a new album shortly. She has played several Canadian festivals, including the Big Valley Jamboree. Katie was selected two years in a row from hundreds of submissions to perform at the highlight event of the CCMA Country Music Week, the Songwriters Caf.

Livy Jeanne -Livy Jeanne has been busy working on her country music career. She has trained under world famous performance coach Tom Jackson (Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, and many more); has been signed by Invictus Entertainment; has opened for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, George Canyon, and others; has taken her “Invisible Tour”, an anti-bullying motivational musical show, to schools throughout Alberta and beyond; has received radio airplay across Canada; and has released her first 7 track album of original songs, “Under The Radar”, produced by award winning Canadian producer, Tom McKillip. She has now released a new single, “Wrong Side Of The Dirt”, to radio, and an accompanying video, which is receiving airplay on CMT. Livy was also one of the acts on the cross-Canada Young Guns Tour, and has received 2 Edmonton Music Award nominations.

Trevor PanczakTrevor is the only Canadian to ever make it into the finals of the prestigious Colgate Country Challenge in the US, where he ended up as the runner-up. He continues to write songs and record and perform with his band Roughstock, and has had several radio singles that received airplay across Canada. He recently opened for Don Williams on his western Canadian tour, and also for Tim McGraw in Edmonton and Zac Brown in Winnipeg, where out of nine acts he was one of only two to receive an encore. Currently Trevor is getting heavy radio airplay across Canada with his current single, "For A Girl".  

For Further Information contact:

Maryanne Gibson, President/ CEO
lobal Country
10178 – 106 Street
dmonton, Alberta T5J 1H4

Phone: 780 951-4564

Fax: 780 423-2824



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