For the second year in a row, CMA Music Festival sold out all four nights of concerts at LP Field (see concert photos HERE). It is estimated that 65,000 fans attended CMA Music Festival daily, including the free events held during the day in downtown Nashville. There was record attendance Saturday at the Chevrolet Riverfront Park, with more than 25,000 fans attending the free concerts throughout the day.
“To meet the outstanding sell out of 2010 again in 2011 speaks volumes about the strength of this event, the dedication of our fans, the support of our local community, and the popularity of our music and artists,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Last year there was a terrific amount of support for our event following the floods that ravaged our city. We hit a benchmark that was higher than anyone expected and to meet that number again this year is an accomplishment and speaks directly to the music.”
CMA Music Festival is always a boon to Nashville businesses. In 2010, visitors – about 80% of whom are from out-of-state – spent approximately $24 million, about $1 million more than in 2009. While the festival brings in revenue, it also gives back to the community, benefitting music education in Nashville through the Keep the Music Playing organization. To date, CMA has donated $4.7 million.
“CMA has consistently kept its commitment to music education and stood behind it,” said Pam Tidwell, NAPE Executive Director. “This is how you make great things happen, with consistency over time. I always want to thank the artists. Their contributions are such an enormous benefit. This program has made a difference in the lives of so many children. The bigger this gets the more impact it has. It gets better and better.”
Tickets for 2012 CMA Music Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday June 7-10, go on sale to the public on Saturday, July 30 at 10:00 AM/CT.
GAC was in the thick of CMA Music Festival all day long. Check out all of our photos, videos and more HERE.