The “Be Instrumental” used band instrument drive, organized by the Nashville Alliance for Public Education and CMA during CMA Music Festival, drummed up lots of support for deserving music students and programs in Metro Nashville Public Schools. The level of interest from the community compelled the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to offer to be a drop off location through the end of the month for anyone who wasn’t able to donate during the Festival. Donations of gently used instruments are tax deductible and donors will receive a discount on Museum admission.
The first-ever Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction held outside the Ryman Auditorium Friday, June 12 raised $40,000 for the Opry Trust Fund, which assists members of the country music community in need. Pictured in the foreground are guitars painted by Craig Morgan and Dolly Parton. The Parton guitar alone raised $7,000, while a guitar designed by Carrie Underwood brought in the highest bid at $9,000. Opry member Steve Wariner (shown onstage) kicked off the event with a performance and served as celebrity auctioneer alongside GAC-TV and 650 WSM radio personality Bill Cody. A guitar contributed by Wariner is among several items available in an online component of the auction currently running at opryauction.com.
The 26th annual YWCA auction with Martina McBride raised $72,195 at Nashville’s Hall of Fame Park on Saturday. McBride, Chris Young, Jason Michael Carroll, Bo Bice, Erika Dunlap, and others participated in the auction. High ticket items included a signed Dolly Parton guitar that sold for $4,000, and a one-of-a-kind McBride signed quilt (made of rare tour shirts) which sold for $3,600. McBride enhanced the auction with personal items, including the dress she wore while performing for Stevie Wonder earlier this year at the White House. McBride supports the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and its commitment to breaking multi-generational cycles of poverty and violence while working to eliminate racism.