(Edmonton, AB) The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awarded Bamford with its Humanitarian Award last night at its Gala Dinner, for his outstanding contributions of time and energy in the support of humanitarian causes.
The successful singer/songwriter has raised almost $500,000 in the past three years for charities such as The Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Lacombe Accessible Park Society, Lacombe Athletic Park, the Ronald McDonald House Red Deer Project and The Make a Wish Foundation.
“There is nothing like looking into the eyes of someone you have helped, whether it is with money or with music,” said Bamford. “Yes it is wonderful to win this award. But at the end of the day, it is not about making it. It is about making it matter to those who matter the most, kids.”
The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has a simple mission: “to offer under privileged youth and single parent families in Canada an equal opportunity in life by providing monies to support education, health care and music. Furthermore, it is a Foundation goal to improve communities for Canadian youth through the construction or improvement of multiuse facilities.”
For the first time ever, Gord Bamford leads the way as the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) leading nominee for the top six award categories for 2010: Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, all for the song Day Job, Male Artist of the Year and in the coveted Fans’ Choice Award.
Bamford along with Nashville’s Byron Hill were awarded with Record Producer of the Year (for the Album Day Job – Gord Bamford) and Bamford’s webmaster Bella Spur Innovative Media Inc., tied for Website of the Year at the CCMA Industry Brunch on Friday, September 10.
Bamford will perform during the awards program, which will be televised on CBC, Sunday, September 12 at 8 p.m. (MST).