CMA has announced new procedures for autograph seekers during 2012 CMA Music Festival, June 7-10, to enhance the overall Festival experience, improve safety, and make the process for securing a treasured autograph equitable for all Festival goers.

The new system will be a drawing with online sign ups and notification in advance of the June event, enabling Festival attendees to schedule their time during the Festival attending concerts and taking part in free events and activities rather than waiting in line in hopes of securing a signature.

“It is going to be a much better experience for the fans,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore.“The new system eliminates the need to stand in long lines or camp out overnight on the street to be the first in the Fan Fair Hall. Fans won’t have to sprint to get to an autograph booth. Now all of our guests have an equal opportunity to get a coveted autograph and still be free to enjoy all the great music and entertainment the Festival has to offer.”

Autograph signings have been a hallmark of the Festival since it began as Fan Fair™ in 1972. And the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall is the epicenter of that fan/artist interaction. As the event has grown – 65,000 people a day attended in 2010 and 2011 – safety and improving the experience for the fans has been a top priority.

“We want our fans enjoying all the music and events CMA Music Festival has to offer and not spending their time in lines hoping for an autograph,” said Sheri Warnke, CMA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “An advance sign-up system creates a level playing field for all fans to enter for their chance to win an autograph signing ticket and we are excited about communicating this new system to our ticket holders.”

Here is how it works: Individual booths will no longer distribute tickets for autograph signings each morning inside the Hall. Instead, fans will enter a random drawing for the opportunity to meet various artists appearing in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. Patrons will enter this drawing in advance of CMA Music Festival via an online entry form at CMAfest.com. Entering the drawing is easy:

  • Go to www.CMAfest.com between May 14 (starting at 10:00AM/CT) and May 28 (ending at 5:00 PM/CT).
  • Patrons enter their contact information and then select from the list of participating artists signing autographs in the Hall. 
  • Patrons may select as few or as many of the artists listed to be entered to win a ticket for each respective signing.
  • Once the entry has been submitted, it can’t be changed. Duplicate entries will not be considered.
  • All winners will be notified on Friday, June 1 via email.

The confirmation emails will contain  detailed information on which artist(s) the fan gets to meet as well as the date, time, and location of the signings inside the Fan Fair Hall, plus instructions on where, when, and how to retrieve autograph tickets inside the Nashville Convention Center.

For patrons who can’t get to a computer to register ahead of time, CMA will have a limited number of tickets on-site at the Festival. For information about how these will be distributed, see the Fan Fair Hall page at CMAfest.com.

All winners must claim their autograph tickets the day before their scheduled autograph signing. The confirmation letter will outline specific pick up times. Any autograph tickets not claimed by the specified pick up time will be forfeited. Autograph tickets may only be claimed by the contact person on the entry form or an authorized guardian/adult.

When winners pick up their tickets, they must present both their confirmation email and a photo ID. For minor winners without a valid photo ID, a guardian/adult must accompany the minor to retrieve the autograph ticket. The guardian/adult must present their photo ID along with the winner’s email confirmation.

The autograph ticket will be a wristband that must be worn in order to line up for each signing. Selling of autograph tickets/wristbands is prohibited.

Not every artist participating in the Fan Fair Hall will be part of the autograph drawing. There will be many opportunities for patrons to obtain multiple autographs from artists by just walking around the Fan Fair Hall.

There will no longer be a separate allotment of tickets for ADA patrons. CMA is committed to distributing the autograph tickets in a fair manner for all our valued patrons. The online drawing effectively removes any physical barriers, providing all patrons fair and equal access for a chance to win an autograph ticket.

“This event is for the fans and CMA is committed to providing a top notch experience,” Warnke said. “We will be announcing other new enhancements to the Fan Fair Hall in the coming weeks.”

CMA Music Festival is the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience – a celebration of America’s music that takes over downtown Nashville with non-stop concerts on multiple stages with a vast and varied roster of artists. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA. Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. BIC is an Official Partner of the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Connect with CMA online at CMAfest.com, Facebook.com/CMA and Twitter.com/CountryMusic.