2012 CMA Music Festival Sets New Attendance Record With 71,000 Fans

Hundreds of Artists, New Stages, and More Music Attract Thousands of Visitors to Nashville

CMA Music Festival set a new attendance record in 2012 with daily attendance topping 71,000 fans, a 9.2 percent increase over the 65,000 in attendance in 2011 and a sell out for the third consecutive year at LP Field. Tickets for 2013 CMA Music Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday June 6-9, are on sale now.

The increase was attributed to expanded seating at LP Field for the nightly concerts and mild temperatures that drove increased attendance in the free event and concert areas downtown. Continue reading

New CMA Financial Research Study Reveals Usage Insights Amongst Country Music Fans

State of the Economy and Personal Finances; Credit Card Usage; Financial Services and Advice; and Insurance Providers and Motivators Among Survey Topics

As part of its ongoing research and membership services initiatives, the Country Music Association announced today results from its February 2012 finances study.

Although they have not escaped the impact of the economic challenges in recent years, Country Music fans are looking favorably toward the future with 84% of respondents having a positive sentiment about their financial situation a year from now. Continue reading

Nashville Songpluggers Join Forces for Better Song Placements

By Randy Rudder

© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

At 5 PM on a balmy October afternoon, in the offices of Harlan Howard Songs just south of Nashville’s Music Row, 15 female publishing executives are sitting in a semicircle around Sony Music Nashville artist Joanna Smith. In the center of the room is an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, cheeses and beverages, but no one seems to be indulging. Smith is pensive as she listens to the first verse and chorus of two songs from each publisher, responding with comments such as “pass,” “kinda cute,” “not for me,” “nice groove” or Continue reading