WHAT: 7th 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 Maren Morris, Eric Paslay, RaeLynn, Carrie Underwood, Maddie & Tae, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and songwriter/producer Ross Copperman.
WHEN: Thursday, June 23:
9:00am-11:30am – Songwriting Workshop with Ross Copperman and artist Eric Paslay.
9:00am Check In – Campers craft a song from concept to final wording.
Location: Scarritt Bennett Campus at Fondren Hall, 1008 19th Avenue South
5:00pm-7:30pm – Wildhorse Saloon Meet & Greet with Maddie & Tae.
5:00pm Check In – Campers gather to share stories about camp experience and learn to line dance.
Location: Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Avenue North
Friday, June 24:
3:00pm-5:00pm – Seacrest Studios Visit with RaeLynn.
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
Sunday, June 26:
5:30pm-7:30pm – Dinner and Karaoke with Montgomery Gentry.
5:30pm Check In
Location: Winner’s Bar & Grill, 1913 Division Street
Monday, June 27:
10:00am-12:00pm – Studio Day with Carrie Underwood and producer Ross Copperman
10:00am Check In – Campers record the original song they write at this year’s camp.
Location: Belmont University’s Ocean Way Nashville Studios, 1200 17th Avenue South
3:00pm-4:30pm – Campers get a taste of the famous Bluebird Cafe with Maren Morris.
3:00pm Check In
Location: Bluebird Cafe, 4104 Hillsboro Pike
Tuesday, June 28:
8:00pm Performance – Campers perform LIVE with Rascal Flatts on the Grand Ole Opry.
**RSVP to cover for check in time and other details for interview opportunities**
MEDIA RSVP: To inquire about covering any of the ops listed above, please email Brooke Primero firstname.lastname@example.org and Melissa Moldovan at email@example.com.
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 www.ACMLiftingLives.org.
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