Monday, June 13, 2011
– For the second year in a row, CMA Music Festival sold out each night at LP Field. With crowd estimates from free areas and the nightly ticketed concerts at LP Field, CMA Music Festival reached an average daily attendance of 65,000, about the same as last year.
Tickets for 2012 CMA Music Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday June 7-10, go on sale to the public on Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. eastern/central.
"To meet the outstanding sell out of 2010 again in 2011 speaks volumes about the strength of this event, the dedication of our fans, the support of our local community, and the popularity of our music and artists," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
In 2010, attendance jumped 16.7 percent over 2009 when attendance was 56,000. The 65,000 attendance in 2011 includes 4-day ticket packages, promotional and single night tickets, as well as attendance in non-ticketed zones and events.
"Last year there was a terrific amount of support for our event following the floods that ravaged our city," Moore said. "We hit a benchmark that was higher than anyone expected and to meet that number again this year is an accomplishment and speaks directly to the music."
There was record attendance Saturday at Chevrolet Riverfront Park with more than 25,000 fans attending the free concerts throughout the day on the sloping bank of the Cumberland River.
"Eighty percent of our four-day ticket holders come from outside of Tennessee," said Moore. "And we are seeing gains with our locals who are coming out to support our free areas and purchasing a growing number of tickets to attend the single night concerts at LP Field."
CMA donates half the net proceeds from the event to music education on their behalf through a partnership with the Nashville Alliance for Public Education called "Keep the Music Playing." To date, CMA has donated $4.7 million.
"CMA has consistently kept its commitment to music education and stood behind it," said Pam Tidwell, NAPE Executive Director. "This is how you make great things happen, with consistency over time. I always want to thank the artists. Their contributions are such an enormous benefit. This program has made a difference in the lives of so many children. The bigger this gets the more impact it has. It gets better and better."