The Academy of Country Music Throws A Three-Day Party For A Cause

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Darius Rucker performs at the FivePoint Amphitheatre on Aug. 24, 2018 in Irvine, Calif.  

The seventh annual ACM Party for a Cause will once again take over the Las Vegas Strip ahead of the 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards. The three-day event, which takes place April 5-7, is geared to both country music fans and industry insiders, offering everything from a panel in which established songwriters share the stories behind their hits to A-list artists showcasing their golf skills.

Over 20 country acts are set to appear throughout the weekend’s event, which includes ACM Stories, the Songs & Stars songwriters conference and the Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off, as well as the ACM Decades concert and the ACM Awards Official After Party.

Portions of the proceeds collected at ACM Party for a Cause (which hosts thousands of attendees annually) will benefit Lifting Lives, the ACM’s philanthropic arm that is dedicated to improving lives through music. During the past four years, the event has raised over $500,000. The funds go toward helping members of the music community who are facing hardship, along with disaster relief efforts, music education in schools and programs that benefit veterans and those with disabilities.

“It’s an easy decision for me to participate,” says American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, who has been involved in the weekend event since 2012. “ACM Lifting Lives is a great charity that has helped so many folks [recover] from devastating circumstances, [offered] music education and more.” McCreery will also host the Tee-Off -- which he won last year -- with his friend and fellow country artist Darius Rucker. “What could be more fun than that?” says McCreery.

Other artists on the weekend’s roster include Lauren Alaina, Rodney Atkins, Easton Corbin, Morgan Evans, Walker Hayes, Chris Lane, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde, Michael Ray, Runaway June, Dylan Scott, Mitchell Tenpenny and Brett Young. Songwriters Rhett Akins, Lori McKenna, Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman (the latter two are nominated for songwriter of the year at the ACMs) will also be in attendance.  

This article originally appeared in the March 9 issue of Billboard.


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