ACM Lifting Lives: ‘On The Road Again,’ Brothers Osborne, Autism Lab At Vanderbilt

Willie And Friends Rework ‘On The Road Again’ To Aid ACM Lifting Lives

The Academy of Country Music is releasing a special edition of the Willie Nelson classic, “On The Road Again,” on August 13 that will benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund. The new rendition of “On The Road Again (ACM Lifting Lives Edition),” features Nelson along with the 55th ACM Awards New Female and New Male Artist nominees Ingrid Andress, Gabby Barrett, Jordan Davis, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Riley Green, Caylee Hammack, Cody Johnson, Tenille Townes and Morgan Wallen. Produced by Ross Copperman and Jimmy Robbins, the single will be available via Warner Music Nashville across all digital platforms.


Brothers Osborne To Play Free Live Stream Show Benefiting Lifting Lives

Brothers Osborne

Brothers Osborne: Let’s Play Live, an exclusive free live stream concert, is set for August 21 at 7 p.m. CT. The duo will perform the free show live from outside of Tulsa, OK with no live audience, and during the virtual concert, fans will be encouraged to donate to ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund. The donated funds will go to help individuals in the country community who are currently in need of pandemic relief assistance.


ACM Endows New Lifting Lives Autism Lab At Vanderbilt

ACM Lifting Lives is awarding a $750,000 fund to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for programs and research on the healing power of music to help improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder. This gift creates the ACM Lifting Lives® Autism Lab at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and will establish autism as one of ACM Lifting Lives’ signature initiatives, while enabling Vanderbilt to expand the reach and impact of its expertise in the field. The gift will help support the TRIAD research program, the sense theater program, the music cognition lab, and the expansion of telehealth to reach more children in need.

“Since 2012, ACM Lifting Lives has partnered with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) on a week-long residential program for musically talented individuals with Williams Syndrome, which affects 1 in 10,000 people. This camp has held a dual purpose of studying Williams Syndrome and other developmental disabilities by providing music enrichment through both performance and education, and we are so thrilled to be able to partner with VKC on another scale,” said Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director. “Given our commitment to people with developmental disabilities, Vanderbilt invited us to build on our partnership through support of a program to bring the healing power of music to a much larger population: children with autism spectrum disorder, who now represent 1 in every 59 children in the United States.”


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