MADE POSSIBLE BY FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND
Free Museum Admission on Sunday, December 18, 2016
Danielle Bradbery, Drake White and Trent Harmon headline a day of activity that includes Songwriter Sessions with J. T. Harding and Bob DiPiero, a fiddle demonstration with Tammy Rogers King, Hatch Show Print demonstrations and more
NASHVILLE, Tenn., – December 14, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is pleased to partner with Ford Motor Company Fund for the eighth Ford Community Day. Museum admission will be FREE from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, as a way to say “thank you” to the Middle Tennessee community and to lucky out-of-town visitors.
In addition to touring the exhibit galleries, visitors can choose from a variety of programs and events that offer fun for all ages. Activities in the Taylor Swift Education Center will feature dancing and hands-on art and music making throughout the day. Ford Community Day events include:
- Creative Zone: Make an Instrument Bookmark
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Group Mandolin Lesson
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – Noon
- Hatch Show Print Letterpress Art
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Songwriter Session and Signing: J. T. Harding
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
- Guitar Pull Featuring Big Machine Label Group Recording Artists
Danielle Bradbery, Drake White and Trent Harmon
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Musical Petting Zoo
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
- Fiddle Demonstration: Tammy Rogers King
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Line Dancing Workshop
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
- Songwriter Session and Signing: Bob DiPiero
2:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
Although the guitar pull with Danielle Bradbery, Drake White, and Trent Harmon is free, a ticket will be required for admittance to the performance. Guests can make reservations beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the museum on Sunday. Immediately following the performance, the artists will sign a commemorative Hatch Show Print poster, which can be purchased in the Museum Store. Purchase of the poster is required to participate in the signing. For additional programming information or to make a reservation for this performance, visit countrymusichalloffame.org/ford.
The Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers along with Ford Motor Company look forward to again offering the opportunity to enjoy the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s premier educational experiences at no cost,” says John Barker, Owner, Two Rivers Ford. “Ford’s ties to country music run deep. Henry Ford launched many of his early models at fiddling competitions across the U.S., knowing that country music and the stories behind it were strongly connected to the everyday American. As a founding partner of the Hall, the Ford Community Day allows us to honor our traditions of supporting music and giving back to our community.”
“As a non-profit organization and one of the leading arts institutions in the United States, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum makes it a priority to give back to the local community,” said Steve Turner, chairman of the museum’s board of officers and trustees. “Each year, the Ford Motor Company Fund generously allows the museum to open its doors for free to the public. We are grateful for their support and excited to make the museum available to our community for what is sure to be a memorable day.”
Ford Community Day visitors who show their Ford key will receive 10% off purchases in the Museum Store, Circa and Hatch Show Print, as well as food and beverage purchases at 2|22, Red Onion and Bajo Sexto (excludes alcohol and gift certificates).
Visitors who wish to purchase a museum membership on this day will receive a 20% discount. The discount will be honored on December 18 at the membership desk and online. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org and use discount code FORD20.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves, and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. In exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural importance and enduring beauty of the art form. The museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and in 2015 welcomed over one million patrons, placing it among the ten most-visited history museums in the U.S. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio BTM, Hatch Show Print® poster shop, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive, and CMF Press. Museum programs are supported by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience, distractions and impaired driving. Innovation in education is encouraged through Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation Learning and other inspiring programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. The Ford Volunteer Corps enlists more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees each year to work on local projects that strengthen their communities and improve people’s lives in more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.
The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums