The 2016 CMA Festival brought a record breaking 88,500 country music fans downtown each day in Nashville, Tennessee beginning Thursday (June 9) – Sunday (June 12). Fans were given four days of music from hundreds of local, indie, and major artists. Each day there were meet and greets, autograph signings, and free live concerts on seven stages in music city.
“We talked to Tom Rhett and Brett Eldredge. We were kind of yelling at them ‘Brett Eldredge we love you!’ then he turned around and started talking to us,” said Alexis McKenzie. “Then we realized Thomas was there too. Then we say ‘Thomas we love you!’ and he says ‘Yeah whatever you’ve been ignoring me.’”
Country artists donate their time not only to meet their loyal fans but to fundraise to maintain music education in schools curriculum. A portion of the proceeds is donated to schools around the country. Over the past ten years, the CMA Foundation has donated $10 million to Metro Nashville Public Schools.
The Country Music Association’s CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million to keeping music education in school’s curriculum. If you are interested in making a contribution, visit their website here.
Listen to the podcast of Denver (CO) natives Alexis McKenzie and Lindi Riley recap their CMA Festival experience below.