Great American Country Television announced they will be hosting their first national telethon concert event that will raise money for the flooding disaster that occurred in Nashville and its surrounding areas last weekend.
Music City Keep On Playin’ – A Benefit for Flood Relief will air Commercial Free on GAC Sunday May 16th 8pm EST.
Artists scheduled to perform at this time are, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Rodney Atkins and Lady Antebellum. More artists will be announced as well as celebrities that will join the event to host and take care of the phone lines. All funds raised will go to those that were affected from the flooding disaster.
“Nashville has endured historic flooding, but we are resilient, recovery efforts have already begun and I am confident we will come out of this stronger than ever,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. “Music is the heart and soul of this city and as such it will play a critical role in its recovery. This collaborative effort is just one example.”
The flood damage in Nashville and 5 surrounding counties is expected to exceed $1 billion and six middle Tennessee counties have been declared Federal disaster areas. Icons of the country music landscape in Nashville, including the Grand Ole Opry House incurred serious flood damage while many musicians, including Paisley, suffered major equipment and instrument losses.
“This is the first event to solicit funds on a national level,” said GAC President Ed Hardy. “While it’s important that our viewers know our city has come together and survived this unfortunate event, thousands of Nashville and middle Tennessee residents are in serious need and some of this city’s most talented residents are generously stepping in to help.”
“Many of us have friends and family members who are just now beginning to get back into their homes to survey the damage and start rebuilding their lives,” said Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment. “At the same time, support has come pouring in from every corner of the community. And now, we are reaching out on a national level to ensure that the people of Nashville have every resource they need to restore our city.”
Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau President Butch Spyridon added, “We are proud to partner with GAC and Gaylord Entertainment to raise money for Nashville’s flood victims. This concert effort is a great example of how the partnership between Nashville’s hospitality and music industries benefits the entire city.”
Ticket information will be available soon for Music City Keep On Playin’ – A Benefit for Flood Relief . Stay tuned here for details as well as Great American Country official website by clicking HERE.