THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PLEDGE TOWARD MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE IN CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP

NASHVILLE—The Country Music Association (CMA) has announced a new pledge of $100,000 to Music Health Alliance (MHA), further supporting the nonprofit and their essential work to provide free healthcare advocacy and support to those within the music industry.

“Music Health Alliance’s critical work and advocacy is essential to supporting those within our entire music industry,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “While we planned this pledge well before the current
COVID-19 pandemic, today it is even more important that we aid MHA and all that they do. In Middle Tennessee, our community is still recovering from the devastating tornadoes that ripped through the region just three weeks ago. From lifesaving medical services and mental health assistance to offering resources and advice to those who have recently lost or do not have healthcare coverage, the support MHA provides is enormous and I personally thank Tatum and her devoted team for their crucial work.”

Founded by Tatum Allsep and based in Nashville, MHA has provided free healthcare advocacy and support to more than 11,000 music industry members in the non-profit’s first seven years—songwriters, musicians, performers, producers, engineers, artist managers, agents, publishers, business managers and more—by providing access to lifesaving transplants, medicine, mental health resources, end of life care and many other necessary services.

Since 2013, MHA has:
Generated $50,000,000 in healthcare costs saved including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions and medications, including:
• $27 million saved in medical costs
• $23 million in health insurance costs reductions
Served 11,000 members of the music community nationwide in all genres of music from birth to end of life at no cost, including:
• Resources for 8,725 music professionals to pay for healthcare
• Connected 5,944 music professionals with doctors, clinics, hospitals and counselors
• Provided 1,558 clients with mental health resources
• Provided 1,136 clients with dental care
• Saved 560 families from bankruptcy due to medical bills
• Provided 13 clients with access to life-saving organ transplants
• Facilitated 251 trauma counseling sessions for Las Vegas shooting survivors and their families
• Saved $21 million in medical bill grant requests for numerous music industry foundations, further assisting the person in need

“The CMA called us the morning of the tornadoes and have been in constant contact throughout the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our industry,” says Allsep, MHA Founder/Chief Executive Officer. “The CMA truly recognizes that we have all been tasked with finding solutions to face these challenges and navigate this uncharted territory. Music Health Alliance is immeasurably grateful for our CMA partnership because together we are stronger. The CMA’s support today ensures that our team of advocates can continue to provide direct, free services as well as immediate financial relief to the most vulnerable in our industry at this critical time.”

CMA previously pledged $100,000 to MHA in 2018 in support of the organization’s “Heal The Music Day,” offering a matching contribution for donations raised within the music industry, in addition to a community grant in 2017.

About the Country Music Association
Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association is the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,700 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Fest, which benefits the CMA Foundation and music education and is taped for a three-hour network television special, “CMA Fest”; and “CMA Country Christmas.” All of CMA’s television properties air on the ABC Television network.

For more information about the Country Music Association, visit CMAworld.com.

Press Contact:
Catharine McNelly, CMA
Senior Director, Communications
cmcnelly@cmaworld.com

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