01 June 2017
NEW YORK [JUNE 1, 2017] Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Trisha Yearwood will present a donation on behalf of HGTV to the CMA Foundation, which supports quality, sustainable music education programs, at the HGTV Lodge on Thursday, June 8, at 3:30 p.m. CT during CMA Music Festival.  The HGTV Lodge, a popular venue for CMA Music Festival goers, will host Brooks and Yearwood as they meet fans and local music teachers, as well as participate in a Q&A session with Great American Country host Suzanne Alexander. 
 
“CMA Music Festival directly benefits music education across the country through the amazing work of the CMA Foundation,” said Trisha, who also is host of Food Network’s Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. “It is all thanks to the incredible fans and our fellow artists who come out in droves to celebrate Country Music. Thanks to them, and great supporters like HGTV, kids have access to music. It’s definitely moments like this that make CMA Fest so special.”
 
The HGTV Lodge returns to the 2017 CMA Music Festival with Country Music’s hottest stars taking the stage in the network’s unique venue. From Thursday, June 8 – Sunday, June 11, in Nashville, the 3,500-square-foot HGTV Lodge will offer Festival-goers the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™, including live musical performances by popular artists, as well as special appearances by HGTV stars Jonathan and Drew Scott (Property Brothers), Mina Starsiak and Karen E Laine (Good Bones) and Dave and Kortney Wilson (Masters of Flip). GAC’s Suzanne Alexander will serve as the HGTV Lodge emcee during the four-day event.
 
Fans can share their love of music and home by uploading photos of their experience at HGTV Lodge on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat using #HGTVLodge.
 
ABOUT HGTV
HGTV delivers the superstar experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations that make all things home fun. America’s favorite way to get entertaining, relatable and inspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to more than 90 million U.S. households; a website, HGTV.com, that attracts an average of nine million people each month; social media platforms that engage nearly nine million users; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line.  Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.  Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.
 
About Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks recently won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards for a fifth time, a first for any artist. He is also the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 149 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.
 
Garth is currently on the three-year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks.  In two and a half years the tour has sold over 5.5 million tickets, making it the biggest tour in the world.

Garth has also launched Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series. It airs every Monday on Garth's Facebook page at 7 PM EST. Fans also can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
Trisha Yearwood
One of the most powerful female voices in Country music, Trisha Yearwood has been a household name from the moment her #1 debuting single, “She’s in Love with the Boy” was released in 1991. She is a three-time Grammy Award winner, a two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and a multi-platinum artist with an astounding resume of musical accomplishments. She is currently touring with her husband on their box-office smashing Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood.  As a lifestyle entrepreneur, she has authored three New York Times bestselling cookbooks and hosts her own Emmy-winning Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, which is now approaching its 10th season. Her various collaborations include a food line with Williams Sonoma, as well as cookware, furniture and home décor lines.
 
About the CMA Foundation
CMA created the nonprofit 501(c)(3) CMA Foundation in 2011. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, the CMA Foundation focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music Association. In 2017, the CMA Foundation has earmarked a record $3.1 million to 44 in- and after-school music education programs across the country, bringing the Foundation’s total contributions to date to more than $17.5 million, touching the lives of one million students. For more information, visit CMAfoundation.org or the CMA Foundation official Facebook page.
 
About CMA Music Festival
The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™ began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Now 45 years later, the legendary Festival has become the city’s signature music event hosting more than 88,500 fans from every state and two dozen foreign countries. The 2017 CMA Music Festival will feature 11 stages with more than 300 artists and 100 hours of music. And it all benefits music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $17.5 million to sustainable music education initiatives across the U.S. thanks to the fans who attend CMA Music Festival and the artists who perform for free. CMA Music Festival will be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 14th consecutive year the event will be filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. "CMA Fest 2017" is executive-produced by Robert Deaton. The special will be hosted for the first time by Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett.
 
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Media Contacts:
 
Chelsey Riemann, HGTV
865-560-4896 / criemann@hgtv.com
 
Amy Hammontree, HGTV
865-560-4639 / ahammontree@hgtv.com
 
Amber Williams, CMA
awilliams@CMAworld.com  
 
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