Category Archives: CMA Music Festival



Summer’s Hottest Acts Perform on "CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock" Airing Tuesday, August 4 on ABC

NASHVILLE – Summer’s hottest artists will perform on “CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" airing Tuesday, Aug. 4 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network and hosted for the third time by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town. Filmed during CMA Music Festival in June, the special features many of today's most exciting Country Music stars, including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan,...

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CMA Music Festival Sets New Record at $46.8 Million in Direct Visitor Spending

NASHVILLE—The 2015 CMA Music Festival generated a record $46.8 million in direct visitor spending, an increase of $7.5 million over last year according to numbers released by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. (NCVC) today. “The CMA Music Festival is a big part of our brand as Music City, and the event’s enormous economic impact through direct visitor spending is a great thing for Nashville,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “The...

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CMA Foundation "Music Education Matters" Initiative Taps Keith Urban as a National Ambassador

Urban Donates Guitars to Student Musicians in CMA Foundation Partner Programs NASHVILLE – CMA and the CMA Foundation unveiled its new "Music Education Matters" campaign today during CMA Music Festival and announced that superstar Keith Urban will be the first national ambassador for the program, which provides musical instruments and teaching support to programs serving inner-city youth. “Music is not only powerful, it’s magical,” said Urban. “It has the ability...

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Little Big Town Returns to Host CMA Music Festival Television Special on ABC

REIGNING CMA VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR LITTLE BIG TOWN RETURN TO HOST SUMMER’S HOTTEST CONCERT EVENT: “CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK,” AIRING TUESDAY, AUG. 4 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK Little Big Town Makes the Announcement at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for CMA Music Festival at the AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X NASHVILLE – Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town will return for the third time...

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CMA Presents Two International Trophies During CMA World GlobaLive!

CMA Songwriters Series Expands to Toronto and will be Taped for a CMT Canada Special NASHVILLE – Leading into the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience – 2015 CMA Music Festival – CMA presented international trophies to two industry standouts: Morgan Evans, the recipient of the CMA Global Country Artist Award, and CMA Board member and CEO of Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta, who received the Jo Walker-Meador International Award....

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CMA World GlobaLive! Rescheduled for Tuesday, June 9

UPDATE: This post was updated 6/8/15 at 10:48pm with updated performance times. NASHVILLE – Thunderstorms, high wind, and lightening forced CMA to reschedule the CMA World GlobaLive! concert from Monday to Tuesday, June 9 (1:00-6:30 PM/CT). “We take the decision to reschedule events during the Festival very seriously, because we don’t like disappointing our fans,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “But the safety of our attendees – and...

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Street Closures Announced for 2015 2015 CMA Music Festival

NASHVILLE – Downtown Nashville will experience changes in traffic flow to accommodate the events and activities of the 2015 CMA Music Festival. The annual event will take place Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14, but several road closures will take effect the week before. All times listed are Central. Closures beginning Monday, June 8: 6:00 AM – Fifth Avenue will be closed from Demonbreun to Broadway (reopens Monday, June 15 by...

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CMA Fest Means Big Business for Tourism, Music Industries

When CMA Music Festival — then Fan Fair — moved out of the friendly, familiar confines of the State Fairgrounds in 2001 and set up shop downtown, Nashville's annual country music extravaganza brought in $15.5 million in direct visitor spending and narrowly failed to sell out its prime-time concerts at LP Field. Fast forward to 2014, when the four-day festival generated a whopping $39.3 million in direct spending and sold...

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Carrie Underwood Kicks Off Summer at CMA Music Festival

NASHVILLE – On the day after the unofficial start of summer, Carrie Underwood tapped her social networks to announce that she will be performing at LP Field during the 2015 CMA Music Festival Nightly Concerts. Her performance at this year’s CMA Music Festival will mark the 10th anniversary of her first performance in 2005 following her victorious run on “American Idol” that same year. “We know our fans will be...

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