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Country Music Hall's fundraiser gig goes to New York

Monday, January 14, 2013 – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's All for the Hall fundraiser will return to New York City for the first time in more than 4 years on Feb. 26, at the Best Buy Theater. The guitar pull format will feature Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris and special guests.

The evening offers a unique opportunity to see these acclaimed singer-songwriters interact with one another as they take turns swapping songs, stories and personal recollections.

The museum launched All for the Hall, its first-ever non-bricks-and-mortar fundraising campaign, in 2005. The campaign addresses the museum's need for long-term financial security and will provide a safety net for the institution and its work. This is the sixth time the museum has taken its "annual giving" event on the road, hosting previous All for the Hall events in New York in 2007 and 2008 and in Los Angeles in 2009-11.

"We are delighted to be returning to New York, and look forward to offering patrons a unique country music experience and an opportunity to engage in the life of our 45-year-old educational organization," said Museum Director Kyle Young. "This annual event facilitates understanding of the important collection, research and scholarship that are the essence of our great national museum. The contributed income derived from the event allows us to continue our mission of preserving the evolving history and traditions of country music; it helps to fund our dynamic changing exhibit schedule, our school programs, the hundreds of public programs we present each year, and more. We are very grateful for our warm welcome in previous years and look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones next month."

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