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REBA SET TO PERFORM A SPECIAL ACOUSTIC SET AT MUSICIANS ON CALL KICK-OFF EVENT FOR THE ROCK THE ROOM TOUR IN NASHVILLE, TN OCTOBER 21ST

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Next week, Musicians On Call (MOC), a groundbreaking nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities across the country, will be kicking off a first-of-its-kind, four city Rock The Room Tour. The tour will launch on October 21st in Nashville with an event that is almost sold out at City Winery, which will feature performances by Martina McBride, Kelsea Ballerini and now Reba, one of the most successful female recording artists in history, who will do a special acoustic performance at the event, a rare occurrence for the artist. Also set to present at the event will be Kelly Clarkson. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets you can go to www.musiciansoncall.org/RTRT.

 

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Kendra Scott Brings Bling to Green Hills, Nashville

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Personalized jewelry, yummy cocktails, country artist Cam and fashion designer Kendra Scott — these are the makings of an amazing Grand Opening celebration! The 28th Kendra Scott store launched in the Green Hills area of Nashville this spring, so naturally an exclusive party was in order. The best part about it? While guests mingled and shopped, a portion of the proceeds went to the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Lifting Live Charity to improve lives through the power of music.

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[Video] Dierks Bentley’s Miles And Music

Dierks Bentley performing at Miles and Music.

We recently attended Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music, a motorcycle ride and concert benefiting The Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville on September 28th.   What a great day for a motorcycle ride and music all in the name of charity! Continue Reading →

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[Video] Craig Morgan Charity Event

Left to right: Tracy Lawrence, Kevin Windham, Fred Andrews, Craig Morgan, Chuck Wicks, Randy Hawkins Photo Credit: Angelyn Tinsley/Edwards Photography Studios

Left to right: Tracy Lawrence, Kevin Windham, Fred Andrews, Craig Morgan, Chuck Wicks, Randy Hawkins
Photo Credit: Angelyn Tinsley/Edwards Photography Studios

We had a chance to hang out at the Craig Morgan Charity Event in Dickson with Craig Morgan, Tracy Lawrence, Chuck Wicks, and Fred Andrews benefiting Billy’s Place.  Check out our coverage HERE or watch below!

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TJ Martell Honors Gala [Video]

Charles "Chip" Esten

Charles “Chip” Esten

On March 10th, the annual TJ Martell Honors Gala took place at the beautiful, new Omni Hotel in Nashville.  We were able to catch up with Charles “Chip” Esten (Deacon from ABC’s ‘Nashville’), Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, Randy Owen, and Blue Sky Riders.

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Kevin Carter And Jay DeMarcus Announce Date For Celebrity Waiters Dinner And After-Party

Kevin Carter FoundationKevin Carter, ESPNU sports analyst and 14 year NFL veteran and former Tennessee Titans player, will host the 13th annual Kevin Carter’s “Waiting for Wishes” Celebrity Waiters Dinner to benefit The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee at The Palm Restaurant on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Nashville’s premiere celebrity event, “Waiting for Wishes” has raised more than $1.5 million for charity since its inception in 2002. Continue Reading →

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T.J. Martell Honors Gala Adds More Stars To Annual Fundraising Event

Honors GalaT.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES MORE STARS TO THE 2014 HONORS GALA BEING HELD MARCH 10TH IN NASHVILLE
SHERYL CROW, BLUE SKY RIDERS AND JAKE OWEN TO PERFORM
The annual affair is one of Nashville’s most anticipated fundraisers

The T. J. Martell Foundation announces the addition of superstars Sheryl Crow, Blue Sky Riders and Jake Owen to the already stellar line-up for the 6th annual 2014 Honors Gala on March 10th.  The stars will join host Charles (Chip) Esten, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker in tribute to this year’s honorees. Continue Reading →

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Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids Rocks Riverfront Park, Sets New Record

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Dierks Bentley has done it again. Sunday marked the eighth annual Miles and Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert in Nashville, where Dierks led over 1,000 riders on a 40-mile ride from Columbia, TN to Riverfront Park.

The show itself featured performances by Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Chase Rice, Easton Corbin, Luke Bryan, Dierks and more. When you have a lineup like that, you’re going to make some money for the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. And make money they did: Over $307,000; a new record for the event.

The festival stayed true to its down-home roots, despite an estimated 10,000 people in attendance. The setup was fairly minimal (at least in comparison to the shows these guys typically put on) and the performances stayed very fun and casual.

Owen played four songs acoustically, including his smash Barefoot Blue Jean Night as well as a Hank Jr. cover. Bentley’s band was set up on stage to join Brett Eldredge and Easton Corbin, as they had the crowd singing along to their hits Don’t Ya and A Little More Country Than That respectively.

Then, all host Storme Warren had to say was, “Luke Bryan,” and the place went berserk. Bryan also played acoustically, and in true Luke Bryan fashion, was cracking jokes, sometimes in the middle of the song. He also took the time to tell the story of how he almost cut off his thumb cooking ribs on Halloween:

“It’s fun doing this with stitches,” he joked. “You always want to cut your thumb off on CMA week.”

Bryan and his guitar sounded just fine, but he ain’t got nothing on Jake Owen’s performance at BMI several weeks ago

Finally, Dierks took the stage, although the crowd had been catching glimpses of him periodically through the night running around back stage with his daughter. The ever-grateful Bentley wasted very little time talking, only thanking everyone involved and the audience for coming. He gave everyone what they came to see, performing hits such as Am I the Only One5-1-5-0Every Mile a Memory and Home.

Dierks also played a new song about partying “on the back porch” that was still a work in progress. Before he went into the bridge, he asked the audience to give him feedback on what they thought. Not surprisingly, it was met with massive applause, and even a beer tossed at Dierks from the VIP section.

In the middle of the set, Warren re-entered to present the check of $307,296 made out to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and signed by Dierks himself.

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Highlights And Interviews From The Colt Ford Celebrity Golf Classic

DSC_0290FOCUS had the pleasure of being invited to cover the 2nd annual Colt Ford Celebrity Golf Classic just outside of Atlanta at the beautiful Chateau Elan Winery & Resort. All money raised during the event went to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The weekend featured a fun pairing party the night before the golfing event and a day of golfing with many celebrities present including Colt Ford, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Sister Hazel, Jamey Johnson, Laura Bell Bundy, Tyler Farr, LoCash Cowboys, The LACS, Josh Kelley, and many others! Following the full day of golfing was a celebration party featuring a 3-hour long jam by all of the artists participating.

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Perspective 2013: Changing The Perception Of Entitlement To Free Music

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Nashville Music Community Joins Charitable Foundation To Host Benefit Dinner, Auction and Concert Event To “Save The Music” And Educate The Public

Save The Music America (STMA), a Nashville-based 501(c)(3) charity organization founded as a national initiative to protect copyrighted music work product and to educate the masses about responsible and legal music downloading, is pleased to announce its inaugural Perspective 2013 benefit dinner, auction and concert event. Scheduled to be held amidst one of the mega songwriting communities in the country, the Save The Music America Perspective 2013 will take place Thursday evening, December 5, 2013 at 6:00PM in Nashville, TN at the Titans Stadium West Club, LP Field (located on One Titans Way). The charity’s mission is to change the perception and commonplace of downloading and sharing music illegally and to reveal and realize both the short and long-term effects and damages of FREE music to the financial foundation, livelihood and future of the music entertainment industry and our songcrafters.

Highlights of the evening will include performances by top-notch entertainers, a fine-dining experience, a premier auction and an educational symposium. With the objective to foster an environment for innovative ideas and well-intended plans to change the unlawful downloading climate, the symposium will be supported by industry professionals, artists, songwriters, music manufacturers and session players as representatives of those personally and directly impacted by the digital environment and illegal music downloading.

“There won’t be a music business unless we change the way our society is behaving,” states Dave Pomeroy, President of The Nashville Musicians Association“Save The Music America is a vital organization that is standing up to demand the public to take notice of the problem while teaching music fans to do the right thing when downloading songs or full albums.”

Research has demonstrated that music piracy is directly accountable for over 12 billion dollars in lost revenue and the loss of 70,000 industry-related jobs (many on Music Row). NSAI reports over 90% of American songwriters are unable to rely on their craft as a sole source of income. STMA’s primary objective is to enlighten “Generation X, Y & Z” to preserve the art of music and create awareness via its compelling PSA awareness campaigns and eventually traveling from school to school with a definitive Music 101 education curriculum.

“With the emergence of Napster, the record industry has been struggling to ‘compete with free’ since the late nineties and until we attack the core of the problem (the social perception that people feel they are entitled to free music), we will never get a foothold on piracy,” introduced Mark Dreyer, Executive Director for STMA“We have identified the problem and now we need the backing to implement the essential educational programs. Results take time, money and industry support; there is power in numbers and with voices standing together, we can change the way ‘acquiring’ music is perceived. To all artists and industry professionals: please, lend your voice and talent in support of this initiative. By joining our team, you will empower a movement crucial to forever change the future of music.”

Net proceeds from Save The Music America: Perspective 2013 will directly fund the STMA education programs. Perspective 2013 benefit tickets are on sale now; quantities are limited (available at www.nowplayingnashville.com and www.savethemusicamerica.org). Tickets pricing includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, symposium and concert. This event is sponsored in part by: Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance SolutionsBatson Guitar CompanyMuZook., NSAI and Top Promoter-a division of Hit LabAdditional partners are welcome.

As part of a preliminary public and industry awareness campaign to support the overall endeavor, SMTA has plans to host a series of Music City music events (featuring renowned songwriters). Details to follow.

About Save The Music America
Established in 2011, SMTA is a non-for-profit organization with a mission to educate the public and create awareness of intellectual property protection and copyright laws. STMA provides effective ways to counteract illegal downloading of music and media through PSA awareness campaigns designed to capture the hearts and minds of America’s music fans. The goal is to produce future generations with a conscience, preserving the arts and the constitutional rights of people within the creative industries, as well as the history of American music.

STMA has the support of over 80 artists and industry professionals and with a number of PSA campaigns to assist in the movement to restore social Internet responsibility, the organization continues to create empowering messages designed to reach the nation’s younger demographic to “Take The Pledge To Download and Share Music Responsibly.”

For more information on Save The Music America, visit: www.savethemusicamerica.org or contact STMA Executive Director, Mark Dreyer / 615.255.1068 / events@savethemusicamerica.org.

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