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CMA Fest donates to flood relief

Thursday, May 6, 2010 – The Country Music Association announced Thursday that 50 percent of the net proceeds of 2010 CMA Music Festival in June 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.

The festival draws 56,000 people from throughout the U.S. and abroad.

"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," said Steve Moore, CMA Chairman of the Board. "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."

"CMA has always been a great supporter of Music City through the Association's Keep the Music Playing initiative," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. "This added contribution to aid in flood recovery efforts will be incredibly helpful and demonstrates the great partnership that exists between the City of Nashville, CMA Music Festival, and the country music industry."

"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," said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. "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.

CMA Music Festival has benefited charity since 2001, but in 2006 a decision was made to direct all funds to one central cause - music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools - through a partnership with the Nashville Alliance for Public Education. CMA has donated more than $3.3 million thus far to purchase more than 3,000 instruments and musical equipment and supplies.

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