Should Performers At The CMA Music Fesitval Be Paid?
February 20, 2008 at 11:04 AM (PT)
Today's (2/20) TENNESSEAN features an article on the future of the CMA MUSIC FESITVAL and whether that future relies on paying the artists. Half of the extremely successful ARISTA duo BROOKS & DUNN, KIX BROOKS, also serves a CMA board member; he feels that the festival is in danger in the coming years if the issue of payment is not considered.
He explains that on a prime weekend night in the summer, a top-level performer such as BNA star KENNY CHESNEY can pull in upwards of $1 million in one show. He said, "I feel like we're at a serious crossroads with this festival. We have a danger, in my opinion."
The festival brings in around $21 million each year for the city and its business, with about $6,000 benefiting the local school system through donations from the not-for-profit CMA. The article notes that everyone seems to benefit financially from the four-day event -- except the performers. To read more, just click here.