will bring over 50 performers to eight stages for more than 80 shows
April 27-29 during the inaugural fundraiser in Bentonville, Arkansas for
the I’ll Fly Away Foundation. The roster of talent reads like a
“Who’s Who” of the songwriting world: Beth Nielsen Chapman, Thom
Schuyler, Roger Cook, Richard Leigh, Tony Arata and Dennis Morgan (all Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame
honorees), multiple Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson, Fred Knobloch,
Larry Cordle and more are scheduled to perform. Next generation writers
appearing include Katie Larson, Michael Dause, Graham Weber, Akina
Adderley, Candy Lee, Saul Paul, The Accidentals and more. All funds
raised will benefit the “You Can Fly” Songwriting Program.
addition to performances, the Festival will feature respected music
industry professionals in panel discussions on the craft and business of
songwriting. A complete schedule of all events and more information
can be found on the Festival’s website.
Of special note is the showing of THE LAST SONGWRITER on April 28. A
documentary featuring Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell and
Matraca Berg, the film will premiere at the Nashville Film Festival on April 27, and the Power Of Music Festival will screen the feature at the Walmart World Room above Sam Walton’s original Five and Dime Store and Walmart Museum on the Bentonville square the following day. View Garth Brooks’ comments on the film HERE.
is a cornerstone of the 501c3 non-profit organization. The week-long
songwriting workshop is conducted in elementary schools, and pairs
individual classes with a professional songwriter. Offering a
non-traditional approach to learning, the program uses songwriting as a
basis for promoting teamwork, creativity, empathy and improved
expression. Since its inception, over 3000 students have participated
in “You Can Fly” workshops. For more information on the I’ll Fly Away Foundation and its various programs, visit FLY.
I’ll Fly Away Foundation Chairman Betsy Brumley is the granddaughter of Albert E. Brumley, the songwriter behind the now-classic, “I’ll Fly Away,”
and the foundation takes its name from the title. Mr. Brumley was a
pioneer of American Gospel music as well as Bluegrass and Country
recordings, and Betsy is determined to preserve the “old songs” that
shaped American music for future music lovers. Along the way, the
Foundation aims to inspire the next generation of songwriters.