ACM Lifting Lives® and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will partner again for the 3rd Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, June 18-June 22, 2012, in Nashville, TN.  Country artists Lauren Alaina, Big & Rich, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge and Jana Kramer along with hit singer/songwriter David Lee Murphy and renowned producer Paul Worley have graciously agreed to volunteer their time with the special-needs campers, at various points throughout the week.

The Camp, a week-long residential program open to individuals with developmental disabilities, talented in music from around the nation, has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome and other developmental disabilities and providing music enrichment through performance and education. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the Camp in addition to providing scholarships to several campers, enabling the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to advance its mission of improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through research, training and service.

Campers will participate in a songwriting workshop and recording session, along with other music-oriented activities, culminating in a live performance with Big & Rich at the Grand Ole Opry.

“As an ACM Board member, I’ve always been proud of the work that Lifting Lives has done – they truly lift lives through music – it is something we all aspire to do,” said John Rich.

“We are honored we get to be a part of the Campers special night as they share their talent with the Opry audience and lift lives,” said Big Kenny.

Throughout the week, campers gain invaluable experience of visits from top-tier country music veterans. Prior camps have featured artist visits from Gary Allan, Kix Brooks, Julianne Hough, Little Big Town, Eddie Montgomery, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Wynonna and more. This year’s camp artist/VIP visits include:

Monday, June 18th – 9:30am-12noon: Songwriting Workshop with Brett Eldredge & David Lee Murphy

Wednesday, June 20th – 9:00am-12noon: Recording Session with Paul Worley & Luke Bryan

Wednesday, June 20th – 5:30pm-7:00pm: Dinner & Karaoke with Lauren Alaina

Thursday, June 21st – 5:30pm-7:30pm: Campsite Cookout with Jana Kramer

Friday, June 22nd – 7:00pm-9:15pm: LIVE Performance with Big & Rich at the Grand Ole Opry at 8:45pm. Tickets for Friday evening’s performance are available now by clicking HERE

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.