CMT, located in Nashville, will re-open Wednesday after closing Tuesday (March 10) for cleaning after an attendee at last Thursday’s Rebuilding Nashville Telethon there tested positive for COVID-19. That news was discovered Monday by the company.
“Last night, we learned that an external attendee at a March 5 fundraiser for tornado relief efforts at the CMT Studios in our Nashville office has tested positive for COVID-19,” a CMT spokesperson tells Billboard. “We immediately closed the office for a deep cleaning to fully sanitize the entire building and we will re-open tomorrow. Out of an abundance of caution, we’re requiring team members who were at the fundraiser to work from home for two weeks.”
Leslie Fram, senior vp music strategy, along with other CMT employees who were attendance, are among those working off site, CMT confirms to Billboard. Several country artists were in attendance at the telethon last week, including Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Travis Denning, Devin Dawson, Blanco Brown, Cassadee Pope, Gavin DeGraw, Kalie Shorr, and Whitney Duncan. Billboard reached out to representatives for each artist as their teams continue to monitor the situation.
Several publicists and managers said they are not implementing any self-quarantine efforts at the moment, but are carefully watching the situation and staying in constant contact with each other.
The news comes several days after the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, based in Music City, was postponed to later this year and South by Southwest in Austin was canceled due to coronavirus. On Tuesday, Coachella and Stagecoach were also rescheduled for October.