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Starting tomorrow, tens of thousands of Country Music fans from around the globe will descend upon Nashville for the 50th anniversary of CMA Fest. Artists performing at CMA Fest donate their time and talent so a portion of ticket proceeds can help fund the CMA Foundation’s mission of providing students with access to a high-quality music education and providing educators the resources they need to create and sustain thriving programs. CMA Fest will feature several special events and activations during the festival to raise awareness and help fund the CMA Foundation’s social impact and unique model of giving.

Thursday, June 8
Kicking off CMA Fest at 9:45 AM, 9th grade student, Ariah McEwen, will join the Tennessee State University Aristocrats of Band to perform the National Anthem on Thursday morning at the Chevy Riverfront Stage.

Friday, June 9
On Friday at 12:45-1:30 PM, Nashville-area Notes for Notes students will perform on the CMA Close Up Stage at Fan Fair X inside Music City Center alongside Neon Union.

Sunday, June 11On Sunday at 1:45 PM, students from Page High School in Williamson County will take to the CMA Close Up Stage for a Musical Theater Showcase, performing songs from the hit Dolly Parton musical “9 to 5,” with a celebrity Q&A with Chrissy Metz between songs.

Sunday, June 11
Don’t miss Sunday night at Nissan Stadium, where more than 30 students from Metro Nashville Public Schools will take the Main Stage with a very special surprise guest. The CMA Foundation has tapped four of its Music Teachers of Excellence recipients —Ann Marie Morris, Alicia Engram, Jacqueline Hanna and Danielle Taylor—to conduct the ensemble.

Rural Lifestyle & Entertainment Shows
First introduced to RFD-TV on Larry’s Country Diner, The Malpass Brothers, modern day troubadours, bring you their very own, brand-new show to RFD-TV. Viewers can enjoy traditional country music from the brother duo of Chris & Taylor Malpass, a featured celebrity guest on each episode, and loads of clever humor.
Join popular polka performer Mollie Busta as she hosts the weekly “Mollie B Polka Party” on RFD-TV! The one-hour program features the nation’s top polka bands and a wide variety of ethnic styles produced on location at music festivals from around the country.
Dailey & Vincent are BACK ON RFD-TV for another great season, brought to you by Gus Arrendale & Springer Mountain Farms. Join them as they welcome scores of fabulous bluegrass, country, and gospel music acts as special guests!
SharkFarmer TV is the brainchild of Rob Sharkey, a 5th-generation farmer from Illinois. He shares the stories of incredible people in agriculture—both their successes and perhaps a few blunders along the way. You’ll see aerial footage of the field just as the drone crashes into a barn—and hear the story behind it all.
Celebrating 16 Consecutive Seasons on RFD-TV! “The Penny Gilley Show,” starring “The Sweetheart of Country Music” herself, Penny Gilley.