NASHVILLE – Tickets for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards”
and “CMA Country Christmas” will go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept.
14 (10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com;
by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located
at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville).
pre-sale access for both events is available to subscribers of CMA’s free email
newsletter CMA EXCLUSIVE, plus fans who like CMA on Facebook (Facebook.com/CMA),
and follow CMA’s @CountryMusic official account on Twitter (Twitter.com/CountryMusic).
Fans can connect with CMA by visiting CMAawards.com.
for the CMA Awards start at $110 for Upper Level seating and tickets for “CMA
Country Christmas” are $50 for Lower and Club Level reserved seating. Ticket
prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees.
“The 47th Annual CMA Awards”
will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the sixth
consecutive year and broadcast live on Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET;
7:00-10:00 PM/CT) on the ABC Television Network. “CMA Country Christmas” will
tape Friday, Nov. 8 (7:00 PM/CT), for an ABC Television Network special,
which will air during the holiday season.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners
are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which
was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre
of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following
year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest-running
annual music awards program on network television. In 2006, the Awards aired on
ABC for the first time. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards, “CMA
Country Christmas,” and “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” through 2021.
Country Christmas,” which debuted in 2010, is a celebration of the season featuring
Country’s top stars performing their favorite holiday songs and sharing their
personal holiday traditions and memories.
The audience for “CMA Country Christmas”
is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays
brighter for a child in need. CMA launched the toy drive dubbed “A Gift For
All” in 2012 and collected more than 5,000 toys.
“We are hoping
that our audience will get into the spirit of the season by bringing a toy for
donation,” said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors.
“We are honored to utilize the Christmas special taping as an opportunity to
shine a light on such a worthy endeavor. It is a perfect opportunity to give back
to the community and reflects the values and heart of our artists and the industry.”
non-profit group Generosity will have volunteers on site with specially marked
bins to collect the new, unwrapped toys, which will be distributed to homeless
families during the holidays.
Volunteers from Generosity will start
accepting toys Friday, Nov. 8 at 1:00 PM/CT at the Bridgestone Arena. You do not
have to have a ticket to the show to drop off a toy.
“The 47th Annual CMA Awards”
and “CMA Country Christmas” are productions of the Country Music Association.
Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director,
and David Wild is the writer. The specials will be shot in high definition
and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1
channel surround sound.
About Generosity: Generosity was
founded in 2012 by running partners Shaun Daugherty and Bethni Hemphill as a place
to fundraise for charities close to their heart, and to volunteer in their community
and around the world. Their principal mission is to ease the suffering of others
by responding to crisis as well as serving the ongoing needs of the community.
Generosity serves a wide variety of local, national, and international charities
including Toys for Tots, The Bridge Ministry, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Special
Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity. Generosity supports programs in American Samoa
that work with children and teenagers to better their lives through sport camps,
mentoring, and tutoring.