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Songwriters in Paradise Hope 4 Hope Town Fund Raises $750,000

Monday (9/16) evening’s SIP Hope 4 Hope Town benefit at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium SOLD OUT just days after going on sale.  Produced by Songwriters In Paradise (SIP), the three-hour event benefited Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, serving the people of the Bahamas and the Abaco Islands, who desperately need assistance.   

Organized by Nashville-based hit songwriter, Patrick Davis and industry veteran Eric Arnold (Sound Direction), the concert was a labor of pure love. In less than two weeks, the duo had people with boots on the ground in the Bahamas delivering supplies to those in need. They had also galvanized support from music row vets, A-list artists, hit songwriters and the team at the Ryman, all of whom banded together to bring the vision of the benefit to fruition. Prior to the event, the Hope4Hopetown fund had already raised $450,000. The current tally is $750,000 and growing. 

SIP founder Patrick Davis notes, “I started SIP Hope Town seven years ago and spent a month there every year since.  The people of the Bahamas have become extended family to me.  When the hurricane hit, I was on the phone with several friends there.  When their phones dropped out, my heart sank as I feared for their safety.” 

“Since September 1, we’ve seen the worst from Mother Nature but it’s shown us the best of humanity.  Patrick gets immense credit for being the visionary but we could not have pulled off this show – selling out the Ryman with 25 artists – without everyone raising their hand and doing what they can to help,” shares Arnold. “Glued to the news coverage in tears, I started a GoFundMe campaign.  I never imaged it would turn into this.  The outpouring of support of volunteers in the Bahamas and people from the Nashville music community has been overwhelming and heartwarming. The volunteers, artists and songwriters are showing the size of their hearts,” adds Davis. 

Just days after the storm hit, iHeartCountry, The BIG 98, and The Bobby Bones Show signed on to support SIP and hurricane relief efforts. 
CMT Hot 20 host Cody Alan was on hand at the Ryman to capture interviews and behind the scenes action.  A special episode of Hot 20 recapping the benefit will air tomorrow Saturday and Sunday, September 21st and 22nd at 9:00am EST/ 8:00am CST, encouraging viewers to make donations to SIP Hope 4 Hope Town.  

The stacked lineup for the evening’s event included electrifying and heartfelt performances by Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, Charles Kelley, Randy Houser, LOCASH, Dan Tyminski, Jamey Johnson, Ryan Hurd, Drew Holcomb, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish, Riley Green, Danielle Bradbery, Charles Esten, Devin Dawson, James Otto and Ira Dean. 

Acclaimed songwriters Chris Gelbuda (producer for “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend), Wyatt Durette (“Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band), Channing Wilson (“She Got the Best of Me” by Luke Combs) and Tyler Reeve (“In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young) also appeared. 

For those who were unable to attend Monday night’s event, please visit Hope4HopeTown.com to make a donation, to bid on a silent auction item, or for more info. 

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