The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Board of Directors has announced it will present the 2019 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award to Paul Brandt for his work raising awareness and taking action to end child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Canada with his #NotInMyCity movement. Given out annually, the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award celebrates a person or organization who has made an outstanding contribution of time and energy in support of humanitarian causes.
“Not only is Paul Brandt one of the greatest entertainers in our format and our country, he is an extraordinary humanitarian. Using his platform, he has become a strong voice for those affected by the horrible crimes of child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Canada and we are in awe of the change he is creating,” says CCMA President Tracy Martin. “The CCMA is honoured to recognize #NotInMyCity and Paul’s remarkable efforts to bring attention to this urgent issue in our country.”
Founded by Brandt in July 2017, #NotInMyCity serves to educate the public about the realities of human trafficking while also uniting Canadians in the fight to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens. Brandt and collaborative stakeholders recognized that many Canadians were unaware of the staggering facts surrounding trafficking. For example, 93% of Canada’s trafficking victims come from Canada and more than 75% of people working in the Canadian sex trade began working as a child. More than a quarter of victims are under the age of 18 and, despite being only four per cent of Canada’s population, Indigenous Canadians represent half of all human trafficking victims. Today, #NotInMyCity is a strong, collaborative organization, working with established agencies and groups to raise awareness and take action to combat human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada today,” says Brandt. “On behalf of the millions of human trafficking victims in the world, I am moved to be receiving the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award recognizing the #NotInMyCity movement. Our Allies have courageously stepped up and chosen to be on the right side of history. We must end the sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children for profit occurring in Canada and around the world.”
Partners and supporters of #NotInMyCity include a growing list of businesses and organizations along with First Nations groups, representatives from Ministries within the Provincial Government, the City of Calgary and City of Edmonton as well as sectors of police, justice, health, children’s services, education, and not-for-profit community agencies. The Calgary International Airport and Edmonton International Airport have also partnered with #NotInMyCity to help stop trafficking.
“My father Allan and the Slaight family believe strongly in helping the communities we live in and supporting grassroots initiatives that raise awareness of deserving issues,” says Slaight Communications CEO, Gary Slaight. “I congratulate Paul Brandt on both his #NotinMyCity initiative and his Buckspring Foundation that have helped to better lives. There’s no question that Paul is richly deserving of the honour that comes with receiving the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award.”
This CCMA Award of Achievement is named the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award in recognition of the generous donation made by the Slaight Music Foundation. The 2019 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award will be presented to Brandt during a private industry event as part of Country Music Week 2019, taking place Sept. 5-8 in Calgary, AB. For further details on the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award and other CCMA Awards of Achievement click here.
To learn more about #NotInMyCity visit www.notinmycity.ca.
For more information on the CCMA visit www.ccma.org.