NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 18, 2013 - As a not-for-profit educational organization, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is pleased to partner with Ford Motor Company Fund for the sixth consecutive year to say thank you to the Middle Tennessee community (and all lucky out-of-town visitors to the museum on this day) by offering free museum admission on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In addition to touring the exhibit galleries, visitors will be able to attend a variety of programs and events. These include a fiddle and banjo demonstration with Matt Combs and Dave Talbot at 10:30 a.m.; a Songwriter Session featuring Chris Janson and Phil O'Donnell at 11:30 a.m.; a letterpress demonstration by Hatch Show Print staff from noon to 4:00 p.m.; a performance and signing by hitmaker Josh Turner at 12:30 p.m.; the museum's quarterly Poets and Prophets program, featuring Red Simpson, at 1:30 p.m.; a performance and signing by artist Lauren Alaina at 3:30 p.m.; and a Musical Petting Zoo, which allows children a hands-on experience with a variety of musical instruments, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Crump Terrace (weather permitting). Program passes are required for admittance to some programs; please visit the museum's website for complete signing details and additional programming information.
Jim Graham, manager Ford Fund, stated, "Ford Motor Company and the Nashville Area Ford Dealers are looking forward once again to offering this exciting opportunity to enjoy the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's premier educational experiences. This is our sixth consecutive year providing this experience, and the initiative is part of a longstanding commitment to preserving and enhancing Middle Tennessee's important contribution to American history."
Ford Community Day visitors who show their Ford key in the Museum Store or Two Twenty-Two Grill will receive a 10% discount on merchandise; visitors who wish to purchase a museum membership on this day will receive a 30% discount. Visitors are also encouraged to connect with the museum over the course of the day via social media by using the hashtag #FordDay.
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services is committed to creating opportunities that promote corporate citizenship, philanthropy, volunteerism and cultural diversity for those who live in the communities where Ford operates. Established in 1949 and made possible by funding from Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Company Fund supports initiatives and institutions that foster innovative education, auto-related safety, and American heritage and legacy. National programs include Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies, which provides high school students with academically rigorous 21st century learning experiences, and Ford Driving Skills for Life, a teen-focused auto safety initiative. The Ford Volunteer Corps, established in 2005, continues Ford's legacy of caring worldwide. Through the Volunteer Corps, Ford employees and retirees participate in a wide range of volunteer projects in their communities. For more information on programs made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, visit www.community.ford.com.
About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
Accredited by the American Alliance 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 of 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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