06/17/2014

ACM LIFTING LIVES® & VANDERBILT KENNEDY CENTER CELEBRATE 10th ANNIVERSARY ACM LIFTING LIVES MUSIC CAMP

ACM LIFTING LIVES® & VANDERBILT KENNEDY CENTER CELEBRATE

10th ANNIVERSARY ACM LIFTING LIVES MUSIC CAMP

TO TAKE PLACE THIS SUMMER IN NASHVILLE, TN

 

10th Anniversary Music Camp Coincides with the 5th Year that ACM Lifting Lives

Underwrites All Costs in Support of Helping Individuals with Williams Syndrome

 

Country Superstars The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, JT Hodges, Casey James, Chris Janson,

The Swon Brothers, Wynonna and Producer Ross Copperman to Volunteer Time

ENCINO, CA (June 17, 2014) – ACM Lifting Lives® and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will partner again for the 5th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, June 23-June 27, 2014, in Nashville, TN.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Music Camp and the 5th year that ACM Lifting Lives has been involved.  Country music artists The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, JT Hodges, Casey James, Chris Janson, The Swon Brothers, Wynonna and producer Ross Copperman have graciously agreed to volunteer their time with the campers at various points throughout the week.

The Camp, a week-long residential program open to individuals with Williams syndrome, talented in music from around the nation, has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the Camp in addition to providing scholarships to several campers, enabling the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to advance its mission of improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through research, training and service.

Campers will participate in a songwriting workshop and recording session, along with other music-oriented activities, culminating in a live performance on the world famous Grand Ole Opry.

Throughout the week, campers gain invaluable experience through visits from top-tier country music veterans. Prior camps have featured artist visits from Lauren Alaina, Gary Allan, Kix Brooks, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Julianne Hough, Jana Kramer, Lance Miller, Eddie Montgomery, David Lee Murphy, Jerrod Niemann, Jake Owen, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Paul Worley, Wynonna, Big & Rich, Little Big Town,

Love and Theft and more. This year’s camp artist/VIP visits include:

Monday, June 23rd

9:00am-11:30am                      Songwriting Workshop with The Band Perry

Tuesday, June 24th

5:00pm-7:30pm                        Wildhorse Saloon with The Swon Brothers

Wednesday, June 25th

9:00am-11:30am                       Studio Day with Lee Brice and producer Ross Copperman

5:00pm-7:30pm                        Dinner & Karaoke with Brett Eldredge and Wynonna

Thursday, June 26th               

1:45pm-3:00pm                       Bluebird Café with Casey James

5:00pm-7:30pm                       Dinner and Meet & Greet with JT Hodges

Friday, June 27th

7:00pm-9:00pm                        LIVE Performance with Chris Janson on the Grand Ole Opry.  Tickets for Friday evening’s performance are available now at www.opry.com.

 

Media RSVP:      To inquire about covering any of the artist interactive elements listed above, please contact Brooke Primero at brooke@acmcountry.com or Jenelle Scott at jenelle@acmcountry.com

To learn more about ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp or to receive notifications about admission for 2015, please visit http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vkc/services/acm_music_camp/.

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. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, 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 Williams syndrome

Williams syndrome is a rare genetic condition (estimated to occur in 1/7,500 births) that causes medical and developmental problems. It is associated with an unusual pattern of strengths and weaknesses in linguistic and cognitive profiles, as well as intellectual disability.

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Media Contacts:

Jenelle Scott

Academy of Country Music

(818) 815-4218

Jenelle@acmcountry.com