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Belmont University honors Vince Gill

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 – Vince Gill will be honored by Belmont University in late April for his contributions to music.

Gill will receive the Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence on April 24 as part of the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business annual Best of the Best Showcase.

Besides his musical skills, Gill is known as a humanitarian, participating in charitable events throughout his career. The Vince Gill Celebrity Basketball Game and Concert began in 1990 as a simple benefit to raise funds for scholarship and program enhancement for Belmont University's Athletics and Music Business programs.

Co-hosted by Belmont's Harry Chapman and Restless Heart front man and Belmont alumnus Larry Stewart, Best of the Best will feature a tribute performance by Gill's friend Rodney Crowell.

Gill also has established three endowed scholarships at Belmont University in the names of his loved ones: The Stan Gill Scholarship in Music Business (in honor of his father, Stan Gill), The Robert Coen Scholarship in Music Business (in honor of his brother, Bob Coen), and The John Hughey Scholarship in Music Business (in honor of his longtime steel guitar player and friend, John Hughey). These scholarships provide resources for deserving Curb College students.

Best of the Best is free to the public.

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