NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE “54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™”

ENCINO, CA (February 20, 2019) – The Academy of Country Music announced today the nominees for the 54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Iconic entertainer and sixteen-time ACM Award® winner Reba McEntire will return to host LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® REVEALS MARQUEE EVENTS FOR 7TH ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE®

ENCINO, CA (February 13, 2019) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today the marquee events slated for the 7th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®, which is set to take place at select venues across the Las Vegas Strip on April 5-7, 2019. Back by popular demand, ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off and the ACM Awards Official After Party presented by Security Benefit will return as marquee events for ACM Party for a Cause. Additionally, new to the jam-packed line-up on Saturday night is ACM Decades.

DEANA CARTER, MORGAN EVANS AND GONE WEST FEATURING COLBIE CAILLAT ADDED TO PERFORMANCE LINEUP FOR ACM LIFTING LIVES® PRESENTS: BORDERLINE STRONG

ACM Lifting Lives® and Borderline Bar & Grill are teaming up to present a night of special music performances at ACM Lifting Lives Presents: Borderline Strong, an evening dedicated to Help, Hope and Healing, on Monday, February 11 in Thousand Oaks, California. In acknowledgement of the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill which killed 12 people and injured many more in Thousand Oaks, the country music community, families of previous gun violence and the Hollywood entertainment community are uniting to support victims and their families via the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Conejo Valley Victim’s Fund, which all net proceeds from the event will benefit.

TRACE ADKINS, JIMMIE ALLEN, CHARLES ESTEN, CASSADEE POPE, TYLER RICH AND RUNAWAY JUNE TO PERFORM AT ACM LIFTING LIVES® PRESENTS: BORDERLINE STRONG

Encino, CA (January 23, 2019) – ACM Lifting Lives® and Borderline Bar & Grill are teaming up to present a night of special music performances at ACM Lifting Lives Presents: Borderline Strong, an evening dedicated to Help, Hope and Healing, on Monday, February 11 in Thousand Oaks, California. Hosted by Charles Esten, the one-night-only concert will feature Trace Adkins, Jimmie Allen, Charles Esten, Cassadee Pope, Tyler Rich, Runaway June and more to be announced at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Center. In acknowledgement of the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill which killed 12 people and injured many more in Thousand Oaks, the country music community, families of previous gun violence and the Hollywood entertainment community are uniting to support victims and their families via the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Conejo Valley Victim’s Fund, which all net proceeds from the event will benefit.

ACM LIFTING LIVES® ANNOUNCES 2018 FALL GRANT CYCLE RECIPIENTS

ENCINO, CA (January 10, 2019) – ACM Lifting Lives® announced its 2018 fall grant cycle beneficiaries today with grants totaling more than $270,000 for a selection of organizations including Arts Wisconsin, Barefoot Republic, Inc., Camp Sunshine Inc., Carnegie Mellon University, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, COPD Foundation, Country Music Hall of Fame, Follow Your Heart Arts Program, Foundations of Music, Glenvar High School, High Hopes Development Center, Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMusArt), Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Music for Seniors, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Notes for Notes, Oliver Middle School Drama, Porter’s Call, Project C.A.M.P. Inc., Shell Lake Arts Center, Songs for Sound, Anna’s Place NOLA/St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, The Onsite Foundation: Possibilities, The Tapping Individual Potential Program of The Community Foundation of Tennessee, United Sound, Inc., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vega Productions Inc., VH1 Save The Music Houston, W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School, Wartburg and Westside Children’s 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® ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LYNDSAY CRUZ

Encino, CA (December 13, 2018) – The ACM Lifting Lives® Board of Directors and its Search Committee has completed the search in filling the ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director role, announcing today that Lyndsay Cruz will join the organization beginning January 2, 2019. This position is based out of the Academy of Country Music headquarters in Encino, CA and reports to ACM Lifting Lives President and Academy of Country Music CEO, Pete Fisher.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® REVEALS 3-PRONGED HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN

Encino, CA (November 21, 2018) – To kick off the giving season, the Academy of Country Music® is revealing it’s first-ever holiday campaign, with three ways fans can get geared up for Country Music’s Party of the Year®, including a Giving Tuesday charitable sweepstakes, a gift-with-purchase offer that any country music fan would love to receive, and an opportunity to support ACM Lifting Lives® when shopping on Amazon.com.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES NEW 2018-2019 OFFICERS AND 2018 CONTRIBUTION TO ACM LIFTING LIVES®

Encino, CA (September 27, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® is announcing its newly elected officers for the 2018-2019 term and a total $800,000 contribution to ACM Lifting Lives® in 2018. Academy of Country Music contributions serve ACM Lifting Lives® ongoing mission to improve lives through the power of music and to fund the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. 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.

54th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS, SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019 ON CBS

Encino, CA (September 10, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today that the 54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on CBS. The 54TH ACM Awards, honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more to be announced in the coming months.

ACM LIFTING LIVES® LAUNCHES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH

ENCINO, CA (August 15, 2018) – The ACM Lifting Lives® Board of Directors and its Search Committee has announced the posting of its open Executive Director position and issued a call for applicants. The abbreviated listing can be viewed below and the full listing can be viewed here. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials to submissions@liftinglives-edsearch.com and direct inquiries to questions@liftinglives-edsearch.com. The deadline for applications is Oct. 1.

HILLARY SCOTT AND PRODUCER ROSS COPPERMAN BRING MUSIC TO LIFE IN STUDIO DURING 2018 ACM LIFTING LIVES® MUSIC CAMP; CRAIG MORGAN PERFORMS WITH CAMPERS IN MUSIC CAMP FINALE AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY®

Encino, CA (June 20, 2018) – The 9th Annual ACM Lifting Lives® Music Camp was in session this week in Nashville, Tenn. with campers from around the country participating in a week of activities and excursions around Music City. Closing out the last few days of Music Camp, the campers enjoyed an unforgettable experience with Hillary Scott, producer Ross Copperman, and a huge grand finale performance with Craig Morgan at the Grand Ole Opry®

DANIELLE BRADBERY AND CASSADEE POPE VISIT ACM LIFTING LIVES® MUSIC CAMP

The 9th Annual ACM Lifting Lives® Music Camp is in session this week in Nashville, Tenn. with campers from around the country participating in a week of activities and excursions around Music City. The residential camp has the dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education.

ACM LIFTING LIVES® MUSIC CAMP 2018 KICKS OFF SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP WITH ROSS COPPERMAN, KIP MOORE AND JON NITE AND KARAOKE WITH BRANDON LAY

The 9th Annual ACM Lifting Lives® Music Camp is in session this week in Nashville, Tenn. with campers from around the country participating in a week of activities and excursions around Music City. The residential camp has the dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES LAUREN ALAINA AND JON PARDI AS HOSTS FOR THE 12th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2018 AT NASHVILLE’S HISTORIC RYMAN AUDITORIUM

Encino, CA (June 12, 2018) – Today, the Academy of Country Music® is announcing that country music stars Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi will host the 12th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 53rd ACM Awards.  ACM Honors will take place on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Additional performers and participants will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 10:00 AM CST on Friday, June 15, 2018.

DANIELLE BRADBERY, ROSS COPPERMAN, BRANDON LAY, KIP MOORE, CRAIG MORGAN, JON NITE, CASSADEE POPE AND HILLARY SCOTT TO PARTICIPATE IN 9th ANNUAL ACM LIFTING LIVES MUSIC CAMP JUNE 13-20, 2018 IN NASHVILLE, TN

ENCINO, CA (June 11, 2018) – ACM Lifting Lives® and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will partner again for the 9th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, June 13-June 20, 2018, in Nashville, TN. Country music artists Danielle Bradbery, Brandon Lay, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope, Hillary Scott, and Songwriters Ross Copperman and Jon Nite have graciously agreed to volunteer their time with the campers at various points throughout the week. The finale will take place Tuesday, June 19, 2018 on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry as ACM Lifting Lives Music campers offer a live performance with country music artist and Opry member Craig Morgan.

THE FIRST EVER LIVE IN THE VINEYARD GOES COUNTRY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC®, CELEBRATES HUGE SUCCESS IN NAPA, CALIFORNIA

Encino, CA (May 23, 2018) – Over the last ten years Live In The Vineyard (LITV) has become one of the most exclusive and sought-after tickets across the country as a private festival and last week they went Country for the first time ever, in partnership with the Academy of Country Music®. The inaugural Live In The Vineyard Goes Country took place amidst the lush scenery of Napa, California, and featured an incredible headline performance by 14-time ACM winner Carrie Underwood and unmatched intimate acoustic performances by Carlton Anderson, Cam, Cash Campbell, Cale Dodds, Lindsay Ell, Hunter Hayes, Jillian Jacqueline, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde, Jerrod Niemann, Old Dominion, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Maggie Rose, Mitchell Tenpenny and Rachel Wammack. In partnership with Kendra Scott Live In The Vineyard Goes Country helped raise proceeds benefitting ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. The event, which brought in roughly 350 attendees to Wine Country with the help of Visit California, was captured by CMT Hot 20 Countdown with the help of co-hosts Cody Alan and Katie Cook. Fans can tune in Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th at 9am EST on CMT for the special Memorial Day weekend episode.

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.