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BMI Tailgate Party to Debut at 2012 CMA Music Festival

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BMI Tailgate PartyNashville, TN -- BMI will help make downtown Nashville's beloved celebration of all things Country Music even bigger with the introduction of the BMI Tailgate Partyat 2012 CMA Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10, beginning at 4:30 PM. Located right off the Cumberland River outside LP Field, the new stage will feature a strong selection of BMI's songwriters and artists warming up the audience before they enter LP Field for the Nightly Concerts.

The BMI Tailgate Party is free and open to the public. A limited amount of parking will be available at LP Field each night for $15 cash-only on a first come, first serve basis.

Brent Cobb, Florida Georgia Line, Hogslop String Band, Kristen Kelly, Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, Chancie Neal, the Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson), Mo Pitney, Trent Summar and the New Row Mob, Kenny Vaughan, and the World Famous Headliners (Big Al Anderson, Shawn Camp, and Pat McLaughlin) will all perform on the BMI Tailgate Party stage.

For fans who want to attend the Nightly Concerts at LP Field after the BMI Tailgate Party, tickets are still available. Fans are advised to purchase tickets in advance, as LP Field has sold out the last two years. Tickets to the individual Nightly Concerts are $40 (plus applicable handling fees) for general admission in the upper deck of LP Field. Fans can purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1 (800) 745-3000. They can also purchase them through CMAfest.com or by calling 1 (800) CMA-FEST (262-3378). A complete list of talent for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field can be found at CMAfest.com.

THE BMI TAILGATE PARTY AT 2012 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP

Thursday, June 7: Brent Cobb, Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson)

Friday, June 8: Kristen Kelly, Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, Trent Summar and the New Row Mob
Saturday, June 9: Florida Georgia Line, Chancie Neal, Mo Pitney

Sunday, June 10: Hogslop String Band, Kenny Vaughan, World Famous Headliners (Big Al Anderson, Shawn Camp, and Pat McLaughlin)

The BMI Tailgate Party at the CMA Music Festival exemplifies both organizations' continued dedication to supporting songwriters at all levels. BMI's layered approach to songwriter development comprises educational, creative, and promotional opportunities, including the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre, Jason Blume Songwriters, and Jazz Composers Workshops; 8 off 8th, Pick of the Month, and Acoustic Lounge showcase series; and stages at other premier festivals including Lollapalooza, South By Southwest, the Key West Songwriters Festival, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

BMI has also been a strong supporter of the CMA Songwriters Series, now in its eighth year, which has performed shows in Belfast, Boston, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, and Washington D.C.

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