NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 28, 2012 - Four-time Grammy Award winner and former CMA Entertainer of the Year honoree Keith Urban will participate in a special Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum educational program for selected Metro Nashville Public School high school students on Thursday, September 6, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. All Access: Keith Urban will take place in the museum's Ford Theater.
Although the program is not open to the public and the school registration period is closed, the event will be live-streamed at www.countrymusichalloffame.org and www.keithurban.net. Interested educators and music fans are encouraged to watch online. The 75-minute program will be moderated by Museum Editor Michael Gray.
"We're thrilled to offer music and arts students from several Metro Nashville Public Schools the chance to get 'up close and personal' with one of country music's great talents, Keith Urban," said Ali Tonn, the museum's director of education and public programs. "In this special program, students will hear Keith talk about the craft of songwriting, his influences and creative inspirations, seminal moments in his career and more. They will also have the opportunity to ask him questions. This program is the first of its kind for the museum and will serve as a 'pilot' of sorts; we hope to be able to offer more All Access educational programs when our museum expansion is completed in 2014."
Urban has for years been a generous supporter of the museum: His annual We're All for the Hall concerts, which began in 2009, have raised approximately $1.5 million to date, and exponentially increased awareness of the institution and its mission.
A multi-platinum recording artist, Keith Urban began playing music in Australia at an early age. He moved to Nashville in 1992 and achieved his first #1 hit with "But for the Grace of God" in 2000. Highly regarded for his singing, songwriting, and guitar playing, Urban has become one of country music's most successful artists, with hits such as "Somebody Like You," "Days Go By," "Making Memories of Us," "You Gonna Fly" and his current single, "For You." He has been honored with multiple Grammy, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards, and is the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The educational programs of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are funded in part by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and from the Tennessee Arts Commission through an agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame and 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's mission is the preservation of the history country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum's Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
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