LORETTA LYNN JOINS ALL-STAR SALUTE TO CMA

Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta LynnLeadership Music Cordially Invites You To Attend This Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

WhenLoretta Lynn Joins An All-Star Salute to CMA

at the Dale Franklin Award Gala

Tickets are stillavailable for May 17 tribute at Renaissance Hotel

Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn has been added to the list of tribute performers for the Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award, a gala event honoring the Country Music Association on Tuesday, May 17, at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville. The legendary Lynn, a seven-time CMA Award winner, was the first woman crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year (1972).

The musical salute, produced by Robert Deaton, will be hosted by Martina McBride and include appearances from previously announced luminaries Little Big Town, Ronnie Milsap, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. Steve Gibson will lead many of Nashville’s finest musicians in the evening’s house band.

Tickets and tables are still available, with a limited number being offered to CMA members and the broader Nashville community, in addition to Leadership Music alumni.
Benefactor Tables (includes pre-event VIP reception, cocktail reception, preferred dinner seating and program acknowledgment) are $5,000; individual Benefactor Tickets are $500. Patron Tables  (includes cocktail reception and dinner) are $2,499.  Patron Tickets are $200 each for LM alumni and $250 each for non-alumni. Proceeds from the evening benefit Leadership Music, an educational 501(c)(3) organization.
Also slated to appear at the gala evening are Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Nashville Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, and Nashville School of the Arts band Swing Thing.
Honorary Chairs for the 2011 event are Joe and Phran Galante and Bill and June Denny. The Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award, named for the first executive director of Leadership Music, was created in 2004 “to recognize music industry leaders who exemplify the highest quality of leadership and leading by example.”
In choosing to honor CMA, the Leadership Music board of directors cited many attributes that meet and exceed the award criteria. Along with the annual CMA Awards and CMA Music Festival promoting country music worldwide, other initiatives such as the “Keep the Music Playing” program, the CMA Songwriter Series, and online educational series have had significant and dramatic impact on the lives of many.  By donating all net proceeds – a record $2.9 million – from the 2010 CMA Music Festival to support music education and aid flood relief in Metro Nashville, CMA has taken community leadership to a new level. In addition, CMA has championed the Leadership Music educational program, now in its 22nd year, boasting nearly 900 alumni who are indebted to CMA for this support.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Leadership Music office at (615) 770-7090. We’ll be happy to assist you! Reservations may be made online via www.dfa.eventbrite.com; the event password is DFA2011.