ACM® NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR LAUREN ALAINA AND MULTI-PLATINUM RISING STAR KANE BROWN DESIGNATED SOCIAL MEDIA CORRESPONDENTS FOR THE 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

Encino, CA (April 12, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today ACM® New Female Vocalist of the Year Lauren Alaina and multi-platinum rising star Kane Brown are the official social media correspondents for the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. While roving at ACM Party for a Cause® events and awards show rehearsals leading up to the annual broadcast, as well as backstage as the show airs, Alaina and Brown will bring fans a front-row seat and behind-the-scenes perspective of the ACM Awards® experience in real-time.

ACM LIFTING LIVES® PARTNERS WITH AFLAC TO PRESENT FIRST-EVER AFLAC ACM LIFTING LIVES HONOR ACM AWARDS® NOMINEE CHRIS YOUNG TO PRESENT HONOR FROM WME’S BASH AT THE BEACH DURING THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY

Encino, CA (April 10, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today a partnership between Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the U.S. and exclusive insurance partner of the ACM Awards, and the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, ACM Lifting Lives®, to present the first-ever Aflac ACM Lifting Lives Honor. This honor will recognize someone for his or her remarkable and selfless dedication to bringing the healing power of music to those who are in need. The inaugural recognition will honor excellence in music therapy. ACM Awards® Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Chris Young, will celebrate the honoree on Friday, April 13 from WME’s BASH at the BEACH at Mandalay Bay Beach during The Week Vegas Goes Country, prior to headlining the two-night ACM Party For A Cause® concert on Saturday, April 14.

MUSICIANS ON CALL AND ACM LIFTING LIVES® LAUNCH FIRST ONGOING BEDSIDE PERFORMANCE PROGRAM IN LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas, NV (April 10, 2018) - Officials from the national nonprofit Musicians On Call, ACM Lifting Lives® and Sunrise Health System will celebrate the launch of Musicians On Call’s first ongoing Bedside Performance Program at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas on Friday, April 13 at a special event featuring a performance by Warner Music Nashville’s Michael Ray.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® LAUNCHES OFFICIAL APP AND MERCHANDISE LINE IN ADVANCE OF THE 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

Encino, CA (April 6, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today the launch of the official 2018 ACM Awards® App and merchandise in advance of the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. The 53rd ACM Awards®, hosted by Reba McEntire, will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® PRESENTS ACM STORIES, SONGS & STARS: A SONGWRITER’S EVENT BENEFITTING ACM LIFTING LIVES®

WHAT: The Academy of Country Music® will present a songwriter event, ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as part of the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®. An upscale evening modeled after an old-fashioned guitar pull, ACM Stories, Songs & Stars will feature 53rd ACM Awards® Songwriter of the Year nominees – ranging from the most commercially successful to the most critically-acclaimed composers – alongside some of the biggest names in country music performing the songs they composed, telling the stories behind how those collaborations came together. The celebration will also highlight surprise performers sharing the stories behind their biggest hits.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® PRESENTS INAUGURAL ACM LIFTING LIVES® TOPGOLF TEE-OFF HOSTED BY CHARLES KELLEY OF LADY ANTEBELLUM & DARIUS RUCKER

Eleven-time ACM Award winner Charles Kelley of multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum, and multi-platinum country music star Darius Rucker will host the first-ever ACM Lifting Lives® Topgolf Tee-Off on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Topgolf Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino as part of the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®.  Attendees will have the unique opportunity to take in LIVE performances from the hottest new talent in country music and play golf, while country artists compete in a tournament of golf skills.

Nathan Adelson Hospice Hosts Route 91 Remembrance

LAS VEGAS – MARCH 28, 2018 – To honor those lost or affected by the tragic events of 1 October, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice organization, will host a free, commemorative butterfly release ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8 at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, highlighted by a special performance by country music legend, Collin Raye.

ADDITIONAL TALENT ANNOUNCED FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE® IN LAS VEGAS

ENCINO, CA (March 15, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today that Lauren Alaina, Rhett Akins, Rodney Atkins, Kristian Bush, Cam, Lindsay Ell, Chris Janson, LOCASH, Scotty McCreery, Midland, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, RaeLynn, Cole Swindell, Chris Young and more have been added to the musical lineup for the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®. More than 80 of country music’s most celebrated artists and emerging talents will all perform at select venues across the Las Vegas Strip April 12-15, 2018.

ACM LIFTING LIVES® TO DELIVER THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC TO LAS VEGAS WITH A $150,000 GRANT TO MUSICIANS ON CALL

February 26, 2018Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, has received a $150,000 grant from ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, to bring its Bedside Performance Program to patients, families and caregivers in Las Vegas. Musicians On Call’s Bedside Performance Program brings live, in-room performances by Volunteer Musicians to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds. Since 1999, Musicians On Call has performed for over 625,000 patients, families and caregivers in 17 major markets across the country.  This will be the first ongoing Musicians On Call programming taking place in Las Vegas at Sunrise Health System hospitals.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® REVEALS MORE THAN 40 OF COUNTRY MUSIC’S MOST CELEBRATED ARTISTS TO PERFORM AT THE 6TH ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE® IN LAS VEGAS

ENCINO, CA (February 20, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® announced the full schedule of events and performances for the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® set to take place at select venues across the Las Vegas Strip on April 12-15, 2018. More than 40 of country music’s most celebrated artists as well as emerging talents have been revealed today as performers, including headlining artists Kelsea Ballerini, Lee Brice, Chris Lane, Kip Moore, Old DominionJon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, and Chase Rice.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® PRESENTS ACM STORIES, SONGS & STARS: A SONGWRITER’S EVENT BENEFITTING ACM LIFTING LIVES® LEE BRICE, ASHLEY GORLEY, SHANE MCANALLY, LORI MCKENNA & THOMAS RHETT ANNOUNCED AS PERFORMERS

ENCINO, CA (February 14, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® will present a songwriter event, ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as part of the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®. Country music’s most distinguished songwriters and celebrated artists including Lee BriceAshley GorleyShane McAnallyLori McKenna, and Thomas Rhett have been revealed today as performers for the special event. Additional performers and attendees, including ACM Songwriter of the Year nominees, will be announced in the coming weeks. Portions of event proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives®, which works to lift lives through the power of music.

CHARLES KELLEY OF LADY ANTEBELLUM AND DARIUS RUCKER TO HOST FIRST-EVER 2018 ACM LIFTING LIVES® TOPGOLF TEE-OFF DURING THE 6TH ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE®

ENCINO, CA (January 25, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today that eleven-time ACM Award winner Charles Kelley of multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum, and multi-platinum country music star Darius Rucker will host the first-ever ACM Lifting Lives® Topgolf Tee-Off on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Topgolf Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during the highly-anticipated 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES 6TH ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE® EVENTS APRIL 12-15, 2018 SURROUNDING THE 53rd ACM AWARDS® IN LAS VEGAS

ENCINO, CA (January 23, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® announced exciting details about The Week Vegas Goes Country®, including a schedule of events and on-sale ticket information for the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® to be held Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15, 2018.  This year’s ACM Party for a Cause will consist of fan events across the Las Vegas Strip leading up to and immediately following the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES

Encino, CA (January 18, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® is announcing new hires in four departments, including new Assistant, Creative & Content and Marketing departments Bridget Cirone; Coordinator, Events Lanni Gagnon; Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships Jen Heaton; and Coordinator, Awards & Membership Carrie Tekautz. All positions are based out the Academy’s headquarters in Encino, CA.

ACM LIFTING LIVES® ANNOUNCES 2017 FALL GRANT CYCLE RECIPIENTS

ENCINO, CA (December 7, 2017) – ACM Lifting Lives® announced its 2017 fall grant cycle beneficiaries today with grants totaling more than $260,000 for a selection of organizations including Barefoot Republic, Inc., Camp Sunshine Inc., COPD Foundation, CreatiVets, El Paso Symphony Orchestra Assn., Inc., Every Child Counts, Follow Your Heart Arts Program, Inc., Foundations of Music, Girls Rock Santa Barbara, High Hopes Development Center, Legacy Music Alliance, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Middle Tennessee State University Foundation, Music for Seniors, Music Mends Minds, Musicians on Call, Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Inc., Operation Song, Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Washington, Porter’s Call, Rocketown of Middle Tennessee, St. Anna's Episcopal Church, Tennessee Alliance for Kids, The Quest Center for Art & Community Development and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. Partnerships with artists and generous giving from fans and the Nashville community enable ACM Lifting Lives to provide funding to organizations that share the same mission, and strive to improve lives through the power of music.

ACM LIFTING LIVES® PRESENTS LITTLE BIG TOWN HOUSE CONCERT BENEFITING MUSIC & MEMORY

Encino, CA (December 7, 2017) – ACM Lifting Lives® featured Grammy nominated vocal group Little Big Town in a house concert benefiting MUSIC & MEMORY℠ on Thursday, November 16, 2017.  Philanthropists Johnathon and Newman Arndt graciously hosted an intimate evening of music at their Nashville estate with ticket proceeds going to Music & Memory — a fast growing non-profit organization that uses music to change the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive challenges.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES NEW 2017-2018 OFFICERS AND 2017 CONTRIBUTION TO ACM LIFTING LIVES®

Encino, CA (October 10, 2017) – The Academy of Country Music® is announcing its newly elected officers for the 2017-2018 term and a $500,000 contribution to ACM Lifting Lives®. Ticket proceeds from several events held across Las Vegas in April will serve ACM Lifting Lives ongoing mission to improve lives through the power of music. Past philanthropic works have ranged from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life – and much, much more. Newly elected officers of the board become effective in November.

ACM LIFTING LIVES® ANNOUNCES 2017 GRANT CYCLE

ENCINO, CA (September 6, 2017) – ACM Lifting Lives®, dedicated to improving lives through the power of music, today announced a call for submissions for the 2017 Grant Cycle. Through grant cycles, ACM Lifting Lives provides funding to programs that promote education and healing with a musical connection.