Encino, CA (February 21, 2013) – The Academy of Country Music announces the addition of ACM Party for a Cause Festival,  a 2-day outdoor music festival during The Week Vegas Goes Country® leading up to the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS on April 7, 2013.  The ACM Party for a Cause Festival features a line-up of performances by country’s top hit makers and some of this year’s ACM Award nominees, all in the name of raising awareness and funds for a variety of charities.   Donations on behalf of Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and ACM Lifting Lives® will be made to the charities represented during this celebratory weekend for fans.

Friday’s line-up will be sponsored by Outnumber Hunger, an initiative from General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America.  In its second year, Outnumber Hunger is a program that helps fight hunger in local communities by helping Feeding America secure meals for its network of local food banks.  Concert attendees will have the opportunity to help secure meals for Feed America through special on-site activities.  Saturday will be hosted by Kix Brooks and will include a presentation of charitable donations to the military-inspired non-profit organizations Wounded Warrior Project, Folds of Honor and Nellis Air Force Base Youth Education Programs.

Scheduled to appear on Friday, April 5th is headliner The Band Perry,along with performers Greg Bates, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope and Florida Georgia Line.  Scheduled for Saturday, April 6th is headliner Dierks Bentley, along with performers Lee Brice, Kix Brooks, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch, Eli Young Band and Love and Theft.  The full schedule for THE ACM EXPERIENCE and tickets for Party for a Cause, as well as room and ticket packages, are available HERE through The Orleans Hotel and Casino or by calling 800-675-3267.

“Party for a Cause Festival is adding another layer to THE ACM EXPERIENCE for fans to celebrate country music, as well as learn more about these very deserving organizations.  The Academy has a long history of supporting charitable causes, and we’re honored to be partnering with Big Machine Label Group and these talented artists for such a worthy endeavor,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of The Academy of Country Music.

Friday, April 5, 2013

3:00pm                 Greg Bates

3:50pm                 Cassadee Pope

4:40pm                 Florida Georgia Line (New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year & nominee for Vocal Duo of the Year and New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s)

5:55pm                 Justin Moore

7:10pm                 Brantley Gilbert (New Male Vocalist of the Year & nominee for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s)

8:25pm                 The Band Perry (Vocal Group of the Year Nominee)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

12:00pm               Dustin Lynch

1:05pm                 Love and Theft (Vocal Duo of the Year & New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Nominee)

2:10pm                 Kix Brooks (National On-Air Personality of the Year Nominee)

3:15pm                 Lee Brice (New Male Vocalist of the Year & Song of the Year Nominee)

4:45pm                 Hunter Hayes (New Male Vocalist of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year & Video of the Year Nominee)

6:15pm                 Eli Young Band (Vocal Group of the Year, Single Record of the Year & Song of the Year Nominee)

7:45pm                 Dierks Bentley


The festival is part of THE ACM EXPERIENCE, a family-friendly country music lifestyle event including the free-to-the-public ACM EXPO, the ACM Party for a Cause Festival and much more, to be held April 5-April 7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  The events will culminate in the already-announcedACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

THE ACM EXPERIENCE will take place in conjunction with The Week Vegas Goes Country®, that includes the main event, the 48thANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s top talent and the industry’s hottest emerging talent, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.


Schedule/hours for The ACM Experience are:

Friday, April 5, 2013                        10AM – 10PM

Saturday, April 6, 2013                   10AM – 10PM

Sunday, April 7, 2013                      10AM – 4PM


For updates on The ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, please log onto www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ACMawards.


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.

About Outnumber Hunger

Approximately one in six Americans (16.1%) struggles with hunger.This issue often affects hardworking families who face tough decisions about whether to pay bills or pay for food.  In response to this alarming issue, General Mills, Big Machine Label Group (The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert) and Feeding America have joined forces to Outnumber Hunger. Outnumber Hunger allows people to help make a difference in the fight against hunger in their own communities. The program will help Feeding America secure millions of meals for local food banks throughout the country.  Visit www.OutnumberHunger.com for more details.

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