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Max ELLIS OAM (2002)

Max Ellis

1966 – Max moved to Tamworth to work in the newsroom at radio station 2TM and local television station NEN9. 2TM was becoming interested in country music and Max was involved with a group that initiated the Country Music Capital project.

1972 – Became 2TM’s station manager. Heavily involved in the development of the Country Music Golden Awards. He was acting CEO of BAL Marketing until 1984.

Max Ellis Marketing was established and through this he kept a close contact with the festival and country music scene and was involved with Warwick Bennet in creating the Big Golden Guitar complex and the Walk A Country Mile exhibition.

1991 – With the formation of the Capital Country Music Association (CCMA) he became the Chief Executive of the organisation.

1993 – CCMA takes over the Golden Guitar Awards. Max maintains his involvement until he retires in 2003.

1995 – CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards – Industry Achiever of the Year.

1997 – Max Ellis Marketing is one of the driving forces behind the building of the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre. The first awards held at the TRECC was in 1998.

1999 – Award the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community of Tamworth and to rural Australia through the promotion and development of the country music awards of Australia and the Ag-quip field days.

2000 - CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards – Industry Achiever of the Year.

2002 – Golden Guitar Special Award “for his unstinting dedication and commitment to country music in Australia for a period of more than 30 years”. CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards – Industry Achiever of the Year.

2012 – Max released his book “Stars, Hurrahs and Golden Guitars”, the history of the festival.

2013 – Presented with the Eric Watson Literary Award.