CMA Institutes New Autograph Procedures for Music Fest

The Country Music Association has revamped procedures for autograph seekers during the CMA Music Festival, which will go into effect at the 2012 event scheduled for June 7-10.

The new autograph system will offer a drawing with online sign up, that will send notifications in advance of Music Fest. The changes aim to make the autograph process equitable and more safe for attendees, while allowing them to enjoy the free events and activities happening downtown instead of spending time in line.

“It is going to be a much better experience for the fans,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. “The new system eliminates the need to stand in long lines or camp out overnight on the street to be the first in the Fan Fair Hall. Fans won’t have to sprint to get to an autograph booth. Now all of our guests have an equal opportunity to get a coveted autograph and still be free to enjoy all the great music and entertainment the Festival has to offer.”

Individual booths will no longer distribute tickets for signings each morning. Fans will instead enter a random drawing for the opportunity to meet artists appearing in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. The drawing will be held in advance of CMA Music Festival. To enter:

–Visit www.CMAfest.com between May 14 (starting at 10 AM/CT) and May 28 (ending at 5 PM/CT).
–Enter contact information and then select from the list of participating artists signing autographs in the Hall.
–Select as few or as many of the artists listed to be entered to win a ticket for each respective signing.
–Once the entry has been submitted, it can’t be changed. Duplicate entries will not be considered.
–Winners will be notified via email on Friday, June 1

Confirmation emails will provide details on which artists the fan will get to meet and when, plus instructions on ticket retrieval. Tickets must be claimed the day before scheduled signing times, and winners must present both confirmation email and a photo ID. Additionally, there will no longer be separate tickets allotted for ADA patrons as CMA plans to distribute tickets equally and fairly through the new online system.

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