ACM LIFTING LIVES® PARTNERS WITH AFLAC AND CARLY PEARCE TO PRESENT AFLAC ACM LIFTING LIVES HONOR FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

ACM LIFTING LIVES® PARTNERS WITH AFLAC AND CARLY PEARCE TO PRESENT  AFLAC ACM LIFTING LIVES HONOR FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

ACM LIFTING LIVES® PARTNERS WITH AFLAC AND CARLY PEARCE TO PRESENT

AFLAC ACM LIFTING LIVES HONOR FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

ACM AWARDS® NOMINEE CARLY PEARCE TO PRESENT HONOR DURING

7TH ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE® AT ACM STORIES, SONGS & STARS ON

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 AT THE MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO

Tickets for ACM Awards On Sale Now at AXS.com &

Tickets for ACM Party for a Cause On Sale Now at PartyForaCause.com

TWEET: This just in! ACM Lifting Lives partners with @Aflac once again to present the Aflac ACM Lifting Lives Honor!

ENCINO, CA (April 5, 2019) – The Academy of Country Music® announced a return of the partnership between Aflac, the leader in supplemental insurance sales at the worksite in the U.S. and exclusive insurance partner of the ACM Awards®, and ACM Lifting Lives®, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, to present the Aflac ACM Lifting Lives Honor for the second consecutive year. This year’s recognition will be given to an individual for his or her outstanding support in the music community.

ACM Awards nominee Carly Pearce will present the honor later this evening, Friday, April 5, in the Marquee Ballroom at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, which will be taking place as part of the 7th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® leading up to the 54th ACM Awards.

“As a songwriter, I know firsthand the healing power of music and its ability to move us forward through life’s moments – both the highs and lows,” shared Pearce, whose No. 1 ballad “Every Little Thing” became a breakthrough hit. “I am honored to represent ACM Lifting Lives in spotlighting amazing impacts on our community in remarkable ways.”

“Aflac believes music has the power to connect diverse audiences and transcend entertainment to ultimately heal and change lives,” said Shannon Watkins, vice president of Brand and Creative Services at Aflac. “We are proud to continue our support of the ACM Lifting Lives program by collaborating with Carly to recognize an artist who is using his or her talents to help others in their time of need – just like Aflac products help our policyholders in their time of need.”

“Improving lives is at the core of our mission at ACM Lifting Lives. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Aflac which enables us to honor an unsung hero in the music industry for his or her dedication to helping others through the restorative and powerful gift of music,” said Lyndsay Cruz, Executive Director of ACM Lifting Lives.

The purpose of the Aflac ACM Lifting Lives Honor is to acknowledge an individual who has made significant impact by healing through the power of music. The ACM Lifting Lives Board and Aflac selected the recipient based on his or her long-term efforts using his or her music abilities to make a positive impact in the community.

In celebration of the Aflac ACM Lifting Lives Honor, Aflac will donate $50,000 to Musicians On Call, a nonprofit celebrating 20 years of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. ACM Lifting Lives and Aflac’s donation of Musicians On Call will support its signature Bedside Performance Program locally in Las Vegas, following Musicians On Call’s emergency response efforts after the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy where they brought country artists to deliver the healing power of music to the victims and caregivers.

Aflac is committed to standing behind its promise to be there for its policyholders and community in their time of need, and few know that more than children and families facing childhood cancer. Over the past two decades, Aflac has contributed more than $133 million to the childhood cancer cause, including $5.8 million to the Family Support Team at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in Atlanta. Part of that funding has supported the nationally recognized cancer center’s music therapy program.

The award announcement is part of the Week Vegas Goes Country®, which culminates with the 54th ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, which will air LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET / delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Tickets for the ceremony are available for purchase now at www.axs.com. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram for more immediate updates.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. R.A. Clark, Reba McEntire, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

About ACM Party for a Cause

The 7th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®, taking place on Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, will consist of fan events and private parties leading up to and immediately following the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The Academy-hosted marquee events slated for this year’s Party for a Cause include ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off, ACM Decades and the ACM Awards Official After Party presented by Security Benefit. Each event will feature performances by country music’s biggest names and hottest new talent. Portions of all event proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, which works to lift lives through the power of music. For additional information and/or to purchase tickets, visit PartyForaCause.com.

About ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Generous donations and the support of artists and fans ensure ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything 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. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

About Aflac Incorporated

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is a Fortune 500 company helping provide protection to more than 50 million people through its subsidiaries in Japan and the U.S., where it is a leading supplemental insurer, by paying cash fast when policyholders get sick or injured. For more than six decades, insurance policies of Aflac Incorporated’s subsidiaries have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. Aflac Life Insurance Japan is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance in Japan, where it insures 1 in 4 households. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative in the United States, for eligible claims, Aflac can process, approve and electronically send funds to claimants for quick access to cash in just one business day. For 13 consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2018, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for the 20th consecutive year, and in 2019, Fortune included Aflac on its list of World’s Most Admired Companies for the 18th time. To find out more about One Day PaySM and learn how to get help with expenses health insurance doesn’t cover, get to know us at aflac.com.

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About Musicians On Call (MOC)

Musicians On Call (MOC) was founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities ranging from children’s hospitals to adult facilities, VA hospitals and hospices. To date, its volunteers have played for over 700,000 patients, families and caregivers across the country. By delivering live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, they add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility. MOC supporters over the years include Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Reba, Gavin DeGraw, Darius Rucker, Pharrell, Amos Lee, Nick Jonas, Rachel Platten and many more. For more information, visit www.musiciansoncall.org.

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Academy of Country Music Contacts:

Brooke Primero

brooke@acmcountry.com

818-788-8000

Melissa Moldovan

melissa@acmcountry.com

818-788-8000

Aflac Contact:

Kristen Fraser

kfraser@aflac.com

706-580-3813

dick clark productions Contacts:

Kelly Striewski

kstriewski@dickclark.com

310-255-4602

Gina Sorial

GSorial@dickclark.com

310-255-0308

PMK•BNC Contacts:

Brian Rubin

Brian.Rubin@pmkbnc.com

310-854-4800

Christina Canseco

Christina.canseco@pmkbnc.com

310-854-4800

Pipere Boggio

Pipere.Boggio@pmkbnc.com

310-854-4800

Hallie Sawyer

Hallie.Sawyer@pmkbnc.com

212-582-1111

MGM Resorts International Public Relations Contacts:

Scott Ghertner

sghertner@mgmresorts.com

702-692-6750

Katharine Sherrer

ksherrer@mgmresorts.com

702-692-6724

Musicians On Call Contact:

Kat Maskeroni

kat@musiciansoncall.org

443-878-8303