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What is "ACM Lifting Lives®?"

ACM Lifting Lives is the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music. Our mission is improving lives through the power of music.

What is the relationship between the Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives®?

The Academy of Country Music is committed to uplifting fans, artists, and the community through world-class television showcasing country music. Because the Academy of Country Music has determined that giving-back is a top priority, the ACM generously endows ACM Lifting Lives® through the annual ACM Awards and other country music television specials. There is representation from the ACM board on the ACM Lifting Lives board, and staff for ACM Lifting Lives is employed by the Academy of Country Music.

What good works does ACM Lifting Lives fund?

Our founders intentionally drafted a mission statement to embrace a wide range of causes that help people through music. Through our grant cycle, we fund music education and music therapy programs across the United States. We also work with country music artists to bring attention to their personal foundations or favorite causes. We provided disaster relief to Hurricane Katrina victims and people in Middle Tennessee who lost their homes or belongings during the flooding in 2010. In addition, through our Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief fund, we provide emergency relief to people in the country music industry who face a sudden financial or medical emergency. Each year at the ACM Awards, we showcase a charity through an artistic performance in order to raise awareness and funding through donations and download revenues. We are humbled by the opportunity to help people through music in a variety of ways. Below is a list of recent disbursements and partnerships.

When is your grant cycle?

Our grant cycle begins in late July of each year, and funding decisions are made in late fall.

Who can I contact about your grant cycle?

Email us at:liftinglives@acmcountry.com

What is the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund (DHERF)?

This fund enables ACM Lifting Lives® to respond quickly to unforeseen, immediate financial needs of ACM members, staff, and music related organizations and individuals. Funds are disbursed at the discretion of the ACM Lifting Lives Board and Grant Committee. The fund's resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. The fund was established to honor Diane Holcomb's memory by her only daughter, Gayle Holcomb, who served four years as Chairman of the Board of the Academy of Country Music. Gayle is currently Chairman of ACM Lifting Lives® and has been involved with ACM charitable endeavors for decades.

How can I donate to ACM Lifting Lives®?

Donations can be made at donation page. We also offer VIP packages to our annual ACM Awards, which raise money for our Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief fund. Find out more by contacting liftinglives@acmcountry.com.

Who are your grant recipients?

Programs funded during the 2010 ACM Lifting Lives® grant cycle include:

  • ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp in Nashville, TN for the second consecutive year, received scholarships for children and complete funding for camp that has a dual purpose of studying Williams Syndrome and providing music therapy to kids in the form of performance and education

  • The Art of Elysium in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY received funding for "Musical Expressions Program," providing music therapy and education to hospitalized children

  • Beth Israel Medical Center Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine in New York, NY received funding to provide music therapy to patients as well as to conduct music- and medicine-related research; the organization is an international training site for music therapy educators and professionals

  • Conscious Alliance/Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Boulder, CO received funding to support language camp activities with a drum clinic/music class on an Indian Reservation

  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles Music Therapy Program in Los Angeles, CA received funding for the second consecutive year for personnel support for music therapists in the hospital's Artists Program, of which services are offered free to patients and their families

  • Free Arts for Abused Children in Los Angeles, CA received funding for five music-themed "Free Arts Days" for 200 children, including funding for personnel, materials, and operational expenses

  • Grounded In Music in Austin, TX received funding to provide music education and mentorship to underserved children in Central Texas. The organization was submitted for funding consideration by artist Jack Ingram, who has performed for the kids at Grounded In Music as well as gone into the studio with them to help them record a song.

  • Grooves On The Move in Los Angeles, CA received funding for its "Summer Night Lights Program" which brings a mobile recording studio to visit schools and community youth centers in Southern California, providing students with music, audio recording and production instruction

  • Holston Home in East Tennessee received funding to expand their music education program, "Music Heals Hurt," including hiring part-time piano and guitar teachers. Holston Home provides a home, hope and healing for children and families struggling with life's challenges, and was submitted for funding consideration by artist Rodney Atkins. Atkins lived at Holston Home as an infant, prior to being adopted.

  • KIPP Academy of Opportunity, part of KIPP LA Schools in Los Angeles, CA. received funding for the purchase of 20 new instruments for its "Music for the Masses" program, which brings music education to KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Los Angeles middle school students

  • Lollipop Theater Network in Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN received funding to secure session facilitators and to provide instruments and other materials for "Rhythm of Hope" interactive music session for pediatric patients at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital L.A.

  • Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation a national organization received funding for the second consecutive year for purchase and repair of instruments for underserved school or after-school programs

  • Music National Service Initiative in Oakland, CA and the Bay Area received funding for the "Bay Area MusicianCorps" which gives stipends to young adults to teach music in at-risk schools

  • Musicians on Call a national organization received funding for the second consecutive year, this time to launch a new chapter in D.C. at hospitals that serve our troops and veterans and that conduct important national research. Last year funding was for live bedside performances for healthcare patients in Nashville, TN

  • Nashville Symphony in Nashville, TN received funding to provide musical instruments and services directly to at-risk youth, in middle and high schools

  • Pattison's Academy in Charleston, SC received funding for its school program, including music equipment, assistants, music therapists, occupational therapists and a nurse for children with multiple and severe disabilities. The submission for this organization came from artist Darius Rucker, who has supported Pattison's Academy from its inception in 2005.

  • Sing for Hope in New York, NY received funding to bring live performances to patients in healthcare facilities, with a special focus on elder care, rehabilitative, and palliative care facilities

  • Songs for Kids in Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA received funding for live music performances in hospitals, specifically the "Kids Rock!" program at Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles

  • Sophia's Heart Foundation in Nashville, TN received funding for an after-school music and arts program for children 3 days a week throughout the 2010-2011 school year. Sophia's Heart was founded in honor of Sophia, the late wife of artist Danny Gokey (who submitted the organization for funding consideration), and pays tribute to her legacy of love by inspiring children's minds through music and arts.

  • Stars for Stripes in Nashville, TN received funding for one overseas celebrity entertainment tour to reinforce to troops that America remembers and supports their efforts