Encino, CA (January 3, 2013) – Singer-songwriter Gary Allan headlined Joe’s Bar on Saturday, December 15thwith a portion of the proceeds benefitting ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music.  The show raised more than $11,000 for ACM Lifting Lives, which will go to help fund organizations that are improving lives through the power of music.  Gary Allan has previously been involved as a volunteer artist in ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, held annually for campers with developmental disabilities in Nashville, TN.

Ed Warm, co-owner of the two-time ACM Nightclub of the Year and board member of both the Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives, spearheaded the show.  This is the second Joe’s Bar performance that has benefitted ACM Lifting Lives.  The first, in 2011, featured performances by ACM Award winner LeAnn Rimes and Crystal Bowersox.

“Joe’s and Gary Allan are both long time Lifting Lives supporters  and we were all thrilled to come together with the help of WUSN for a night of great live music to benefit a great cause,” said Warm. “We hope to do more of these concerts in 2013.”

CAPTION 1:  Ed Warm accepts a donation from Gary Allan and Joe’s Bar to ACM Lifting Lives on behalf of the Academy of Country Music.  (L-R: Tommy Disanto, Joe’s Bar Co-Owner; Gary AllanEd Warm, Joe’s Bar Co-Owner and ACM Lifting Lives and ACM Board Member).

About ACM Lifting Lives

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Each year, ACM Lifting Lives provides grants to music therapy and music education programs.  Other giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund and partnering with artists to improve lives through music. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.