(L-R) Musically Fed Founder and Director Maria Brunner, CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern and Country artist Frankie Ballard unpack donations Monday, March 15 during the week-long CMA Music Industry COVID Support (MICS) Donation Drive benefitting Musically Fed at CMA’s offices. Photo by Hunter Berry

CMA Kicks Off Week-Long Donation Drive

The Country Music Association is hosting a week-long donation drive 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM daily through March 19 at CMA’s Music Row office (35 Music Square East) to benefit Musically Fed, a nonprofit supporting music industry personnel affected by the pandemic. Throughout day one of the drive, CMA filled four road cases with donated goods while Country artist Frankie Ballard delivered supplies to support CMA and Musically Fed’s efforts. To continue this momentum, CMA encourages more donations to continue ongoing support throughout the week.

Donated items may be dropped off in the alley behind CMA’s offices (follow directional signs to the drop off location) or purchased from  Musically Fed’s Amazon Wishlist through March 19 to arrive at CMA before the drive ends. Select “Country Music Association, c/o FOOD DRIVE’s Gift registry” as the shipping address. Items needed are toiletries (toothpaste, laundry detergent, dish and hand soaps, body wash, shaving cream, toilet paper and paper towels) and food (dried pasta and sauce, oatmeal, cereal, canned fish/meat/fruits/vegetables, soup, crackers, rice, quinoa, dry beans, peanut butter and nuts).  

The drive is part of CMA’s ongoing  Music Industry Covid Support (MICS) initiative and follows several previously announced nonprofit investments funded through a $3 million long-term COVID-19 commitment that began in early 2020. Additional nonprofit investments through the MICS initiative include Music Health Alliance, MusiCares, Notes for Notes, Porter’s Call, The Store and Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen. 

Musically Fed typically works with artists, promoters, management and venues to donate unused backstage meals to community organizations that feed the homeless, hungry and food insecure. In response to the health crisis, Musically Fed stepped up to the plate when it saw its own industry in need of assistance. Mobilizing in cities heavily populated with music professionals, Musically Fed has and will continue to host drive-thru events where cars will be able to receive food supplies. The next drive-thru in Nashville is set to be held on March 27. Individuals in the live entertainment/music industry wishing to register should contact info@musicallyfed.org or call 480-951-1882. To learn more, visit MusicallyFed.org.

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Music editor for Nashville.com. Jerry Holthouse is a content writer, songwriter and a graphic designer. He owns and runs Holthouse Creative, a full service creative agency. He is an avid outdoorsman and a lover of everything music. You can contact him at JerryHolthouse@Nashville.com

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