Senior Vice President of Music Strategy and Talent, CMT
Leslie Fram serves as Senior Vice President of Music Strategy and Talent for CMT, overseeing all music integration within the CMT brand, including original programs, CMT.com and music video airplay across all screens.
Since joining CMT in 2011, Fram has negotiated key partnerships with major and indie label acts for world premieres and exclusive digital content. She champions new avenues to showcase rising acts and 4 years ago launched the first female-powered initiative for the network, CMT’s “Next Women of Country” to give voice to emerging female artist that now includes a tour and digital performance component.
Respected for both her hit intuition and hard-driving passion for music, Fram was the first woman to receive the TJ Martell Award in recognition of outstanding performance in the music industry in 2000, and was presented with the NARAS-Atlanta Chapter Heroes Award for her outstanding contributions to music and the music community. In 2009, she was honored as a Lifetime Achievement Inductee in the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, the recipient of the very first ‘Innovation In Music’ Awards held 3 years ago and recognized by the Nashville Business Journal’s ‘Women In Music’ 6 years in a row. Leslie currently serves on the Board of the Academy of Country Music, The Recording Academy/Nashville Chapter, Save The Music, Nashville Music Equality and an alum of Leadership Music Class of 2014. Fram is an avid philanthropist and spokesperson, using her voice to support numerous non-profits and causes. Fram is co-founder of ‘Change the Conversation,’ a movement aimed at supporting and promoting female artists.
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