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Kix Brooks Honored by CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award

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Revered Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba presented the first CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award to acclaimed artist, radio personality, entrepreneur, and esteemed member of the CMA Board of Directors Kix Brooks at a prestigious evening in his honor Monday at City Winery in Nashville.

“Can you imagine what it feels like to be me tonight?” Brooks asked the crowd as he accepted the Award. “But ultimately it’s not about me; it’s about every person in this room who is putting their heart into something meaningful and something significant in their community.”

On hand to honor Brooks was fellow CMA Board member and artist Chris Young, as well as representatives from the numerous charitable partners Brooks has worked with over the years including the CMA Foundation, Louisiana Tech, Monroe Harding Children’s Home, Operation Finally Home, the USO, and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

“Thanks to his contributions in the creation of the CMA Foundation and in the birth of CMA Instrumental Healthcare, as well as to the efforts he has volunteered to the other great causes represented here tonight, Kix’s philanthropic endeavors will be as highly regarded as his many musical contributions,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “CMA is honored to be able to present our first ever CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award to Kix Brooks.”

The CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award was developed by the CMA Awards and Recognition Committee and approved by the CMA Foundation. The Award recognizes an individual who has served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism, and advocacy.
Brooks has been an active member of the CMA Board of Directors since 1998. During this 17-year period, Brooks contributed to the unprecedented growth of the organization and was instrumental in creating and developing several initiatives that have touched the lives of countless members of the music community including the CMA Songwriters Series, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary, and the creation of an affordable medical insurance program for CMA members known as CMA Instrumental Healthcare.

It was his leadership and vision that created CMA’s “Keep the Music Playing” program, which was the forerunner of the CMA Foundation. The program receives funding through CMA Music Festival with half of the net proceeds from the event given as grants to support music education programs across the country on behalf of the artists who perform for free. To date, the CMA Foundation has donated more than $11 million to this worthy cause.
In addition to being a true humanitarian for CMA, Brooks also serves on the Board of the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Monroe Harding Children’s Home, Tennessee Tourism Board, Nashville Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, Blue Ribbon Committee, Operation Finally Home, and Veterans Matter.

Dwight Yoakam, Rascal Flatts and Trace Adkins Take Roles In Civil War Mini-Series

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An upcoming Civil War mini-series will have a lot of familiar faces in it, if you follow country music. “To Appomattox” includes Dwight Yoakam as Union General George Meade, Kix Brooks as Union General Winfield Scott Hancock and Trace Adkins as Confederate General John Gregg. Gary LeVox , Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts and Laura Bell Bundy also have roles.

It will run sometime this year, but an air date and a channel have not been announced.

CMA Songwriters Series Returns to the UK with Brandy Clark and more!

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C2C is proud to present the CMA Songwriters Series at indigo at The O2 in London Friday, March 6, 2015 hosted by Kix Brooks with Jessi Alexander, Brandy Clark, Sam Palladio, and Jon Randall.
The CMA Songwriters Series showcases the best of Country Music’s hit songwriters. The show presents songwriters and artists together on stage, taking turns telling the stories behind their hits and performing them acoustically as originally written. In 2015, the CMA Songwriters Series will once again take place on the evening before C2C, a huge two-day music festival at London’s The O2 featuring an outstanding line up of Country Music’s biggest stars.

Tickets for the CMA Songwriters Series at indigo at The O2 go on sale Friday, Dec. 12 (9:00 AM) via AXS.com and gigsandtours.com.

C2C 2015 follows the acclaimed success of Country to Country 2013 and 2014 and will take place in London on Saturday and Sunday, March 7th and 8th, 2015. C2C is going to Ireland on the same dates at 3Arena, Dublin and will, for the first time, also be taking place at the Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo Spektrum Arena, Norway on Saturday, Feb. 28th and Sunday, March 1st.
Headlining C2C 2015 will be CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan and the seven-time CMA Awards winner Lady Antebellum.

C2C 2015 will also feature Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Lee Ann Womack, Brantley Gilbert, Clark (London and Dublin only), and Kip Moore. For further information, visit c2c-countrytocountry.com.

For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.

Kix Brooks Donated $10k to Help Reclaim Civil War Battlefield

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Kix Brooks has been named the first recipient of the Country Music Association’s Humanitarian Award. He will receive it in a ceremony in January.  Kix says, “It’s embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community,” and he’s inspired by people who do more than him.

Keeping up with his humanitarianism he is donating $10,000 to help reclaim a Civil War battlefield. Kix made the donation to the Battle of Franklin Trust to help preserve a 1.6-acre tract of land south of the Carter House museum, which the group is trying to purchase for $2.8 million to complete a years-in-the-making 20-acre park.

The donation was announced last Wednesday on the trust’s Save the Battlefield at Franklin Facebook page.

“Today we received a $10,000 check toward the Carter Hill Battlefield Park project from none other than Kix Brooks!!!!! We are another step closer to saving the next two parcels of battlefield property adjacent to the Carter House!!” the Facebook post reads.

Kixs’ donation comes off the heels of a $200,000 donation made by the Civil War Trust during last week’s kickoff ceremony for the 2014 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial event.

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