CMA To Donate 50% Of Proceeds From Music Fest To Flood Relief
May 7, 2010 at 6:32 AM (PT)
In response to the devastating floods in NASHVILLE and MIDDLE TENNESSEE, the COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION has announced that 50 percent of the net proceeds of the 2010 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL will be donated to the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE for flood relief. This is in addition to CMA's already established annual donation of 50 percent of the net proceeds to METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS for music education through the KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING program. In total, 100 percent of the net proceeds of the event will be given to benefit NASHVILLE's public school students and MIDDLE TENNESSEE families in need.
The 2010 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL is expected to draw 56,000 people, while bringing in more than $22 million in direct visitor spending to the local economy.
CMA Chairman of the Board STEVE MOORE said: "This year with all the downtown businesses as well as our tourism industry suffering huge losses due to flood damage, it is vitally important to the NASHVILLE business community that CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL continues as planned. CMA is proud to step up and help our area by donating half of the CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL's net proceeds to the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE to help its flood relief efforts while we continue our important commitment to children and music education."
President of the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TN ELLEN LEHMAN said: "Millions of lives have been affected by this disaster. While some will recover quickly, others will take months or years to rebuild, and THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION'S disaster funds will continue to strategically address needs as they emerge and evolve. It has been incredible to see this community's outpouring of generosity, and we are thrilled, but not surprised, to see CMA join in leading the efforts to help this city rebuild."
The COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE has activated its METRO NASHVILLE DISASTER RESPONSE FUND in partnership with the Mayor's OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT to support relief efforts. Grants from the fund will be made to nonprofits supporting relief, restoration, and clean-up efforts in the DAVIDSON COUNTY area.
For more information on the CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL, including ticket packages and single day tickets, visit www.cmafest.com.