ACM Lifting Lives® and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center 8th Annual ACM Lifting Lives® Music Camp June 21-June 28, 2017 in Nashville, TN

WHAT: 8th Annual ACM Lifting Lives® Music Camp, a week-long residential program open to campers nationwide, talented in music, with Williams syndrome. The Camp has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the Camp, enabling the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to advance its mission of improving the lives of individuals with Williams syndrome and their families through research, training and service.

WHO: Stars volunteering time to participate include Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Bobby Bones, Savannah Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Young and songwriter/producer Ross Copperman.

Thursday, June 22:
9:00am-11:30am – Songwriting Workshop with Dierks Bentley and Ross Copperman
9:00am Check In – Campers craft a song from concept to final wording.
Location: Scarritt Bennett Campus – Laskey Building (Main Floor), 1008 19th Avenue South

Friday, June 23:
3:00pm-4:30pm – Seacrest Studios Visit with Bobby Bones
3:00pm Check In – Campers visit the new Seacrest Studios and experience a day in the life of a radio DJ.
Location: Seacrest Studios, Vanderbilt Hospital, 2200 Children’s Way, Suite 2125

5:00pm-7:00pm – Meet & Greet with Savannah Chrisley and Todd Chrisley
5:00pm Check In – Campers gather to share stories about camp experience and learn to line dance.
Location: Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Avenue North

Sunday, June 25:
5:30pm-7:00pm – Dinner and Karaoke with Jerrod Niemann
5:30pm Check In – Location: Winner’s Bar & Grill, 1913 Division Street

Monday, June 26:
10:00am-11:00am – Recording Studio Day with Kelsea Ballerini and producer Ross Copperman
10:00am Check In – Campers record the original song they write at this year’s camp.
Location: Black River at Sound Stage Studios, 10 Music Circle South

Tuesday, June 27:
7:00pm Showtime – Campers perform LIVE with Chris Young on the Grand Ole Opry

**RSVP to cover for check in time and other details**

MEDIA RSVP: To inquire about covering any of the ops listed above, please email Brooke Primero and Melissa Moldovan at

MORE: In 2010, ACM Lifting Lives began fully funding what was previously called the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Music Camp. Today the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp serves approximately 30 campers with Williams syndrome from around the country. Williams syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone. It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. These occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music. For more information, please visit

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