Glen Campbell, Brooks & Dunn and LeAnn Rimes are among the first acts announced for the CMA Music Festival, set for June 10-13 in downtown Nashville.

Glen Campbell, Brooks & Dunn and LeAnn Rimes are among the first acts announced for the CMA Music Festival, set for June 10-13 in downtown Nashville.

Produced annually by the Country Music Assn. (CMA) and billed as Fan Fair when it was founded in 1972, the annual country music love fest announced last year it would go forward under the CMA Music Festival banner. The festival moved downtown from the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in 2001.

Nighttime concerts are held at the the Coliseum, home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. Daytime shows are at the Greased Lightning Riverfront Park Stages, and late-night shows are held at various downtown venues. Ancillary attractions at the sponsor-laden event include the Wrangler Fan Fair exhibit hall at the Nashville Convention Center, and the Third Annual Andy Griggs Celebrity Archery Tournament.

Other acts signed on for this year's fest include Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Pat Green, Buddy Jewell, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina, Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban, Clay Walker, Darryl Worley and Wynonna.

Gold Circle tickets are sold out; four-day ticket packages remain at all other price levels, from $145 to $86.

CMA producers cited "aggregate attendance" of 124,300, down 1.7% from 2002. That means attendance averaged 31,075 per day for the June 5-8, 2003, run.

The festival has yet to show a profit since moving downtown. "We're right on the fault line of making this financially successful," CMA Executive Director Ed Benson told Billboard last year (Billboard, June 21, 2003). "Another 10,000-15,000 people could make that happen."

The festival costs about $2.5 million-$2.6 million to produce, which is relatively efficient compared with similarly sized events. However, the event gets a huge financial break because of artists eschewing their normal performance fees.