CMA To Host Web-Based Panel, ‘CMA Fest Through The Years’

The Country Music Association is hosting a special virtual webinar at 3 p.m. CT today (June 4), marking the day that would have been the kickoff of CMA Music Fest this year. The 2020 festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“CMA Fest Through the Years” will be moderated by CMA CEO Sarah Trahern, and will feature Chris Young (CMA Board member, three-time CMA Awards-nominated country artist), Jeannie Seely (four-time CMA Awards-nominated country legend), Lon Helton (CMA Board member, nine-time CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year), Tony Conway (longtime CMA Board member and 11-year Executive Producer of CMA Music Festival), and Ed Benson (former Executive Director of the CMA).

The industry leaders will share stories and memories of CMA Fest over the years during the special event. CMA Fest (formerly known as Fan Fair) launched April 12-15, 1972 at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, with 5,000 fans attending the inaugural event. The event moved to the Nashville Fairgrounds in 1982, before transitioning to several locations across downtown Nashville, including LP Field (now called Nissan Stadium), Riverfront Park and Music City Center.

Next year’s CMA Fest will take place June 10-13.

This panel is the latest installment in an ongoing webinar series for CMA members. With programming often reserved as a CMA member perk, the trade association is making this series available to the industry and for public access as well. Webinar recordings will be made available on the members only site,


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