THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

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THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
FOR EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®

THE 49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS BROADCAST LIVE
FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today the sponsors and promotional partners including Amazon, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Beats Music, Cabela’s, CAT Entertainment Services, ConAgra Foods, Coors, Cumulus, Dr Pepper, Firestone, Grey Goose, Hostess, Justin Boots, Kohl’s Department Stores, the city of Las Vegas, Martin Guitar, Music Choice, Ole Smoky, PEOPLE Magazine, Pure Via, Ram Trucks, Shazam, SoundExchange, The Boot Campaign, Wrangler Jeans, Yahoo and more associated with events throughout the Week Vegas Goes Country®.  The week culminates with the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.   Sponsors and partners for the 49th ACM Awards include:

  • City of Las Vegas “The Week Vegas Goes Country®” is a great example of two brands, the Academy of Country Music and Las Vegas, uniting to deliver unrivaled excitement to thousands of loyal country music fans. The fun-filled weekend is full of exclusive parties, celebrity meet-and-greets and concerts that only this partnership could provide access to. This is the eighth year that “The Week Vegas Goes Country®” has brought unprecedented access to country music stars.
  • Amazon – Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, will provide fans with a comprehensive hub to discover all things ACMs. The partnership will also allow customers to purchase a selection of music from nominees and performers at discounted prices.
  • ConAgra Foods – ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here program has partnered with ACM Lifting Lives to raise awareness about child hunger in America. At the ACM Party for a Cause Festival, fans will be encouraged to participate with their Child Hunger Ends Here Hope Grocery Experience to learn how they can help with the cause.
  • Coors – Coors has been a proud partner of the Academy of Country Music for over 19 years, proving that great music and ice cold beer is a winning combination. As the exclusive beer partner of the ACM All-Star Jam, Coors helps toast the evening to the recently announced ACM Award Winners. And the ACM Party for a Cause Festival wouldn’t be complete without the Coors Party Bars; a place for fans to sit, relax, and enjoy a Coors.
  • Cumulus – Cumulus Media Networks and the Academy of Country Music have joined forces to engage fans by delivering exclusive cutting edge content through affiliate platforms, including radio, station websites and social media. Cumulus reaches more country fans through its platform than any other broadcaster in the world.  Radio coverage of the ACM Awards will feature original programming, including a two-hour red carpet radio show in advance of the awards along with prime positioning and unprecedented access to talent, offering an unparalleled and unique experience for millions and millions of listeners.
  • Dr Pepper – Through in-store, on-line, and national radio sweepstakes, Dr Pepper gave fans the chance to win a VIP Experience with Rascal Flatts this year at the ACM Awards, giving them a one-of-a-kind experience only Diet Dr Pepper can deliver. But don’t worry, you can still snap your picture on Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience at the ACM Party For a Cause Festival.
  • Justin Boots – As the “Official Boots of the Academy of Country Music Awards”, Justin Boots asked their fans to submit stories about which artist they would most like to thank for making music that changed their lives. Winning story will be awarded the ultimate fan experience during the Week Vegas Goes Country.
  • Kohl’s –Kohl’s is presenting ACM’s New Artist of the Year Award to recognize country music’s New Artists and rising talent. Winning the New Artist of the Year Award is a pivotal moment in any new artist’s career and Kohl’s is proud to sponsor that moment.
  • Music Choice – Multi-platform video and music network Music Choice will air over 30 hours of Academy of Country Music Awards-related moments and archival content across all its properties including Music Choice Play, Video On Demand, Music Channels and MusicChoice.com.
  • PEOPLE Magazine – 750,000 fans will find in their inbox the highly entertaining PEOPLE.com Daily e-blast with ACM tune-in inclusions the week leading up to the telecast.
  • RAM – Ram Trucks knows it takes guts to stand on the ACM stage, which is why Ram is continuing to power the vote for ACM Entertainer of the Year and entitling the “ACM Ram Red Carpet.” At the Ram Ride and Drive outdoor test track at the ACM Party for  Cause Festival, fans can experience firsthand the refined interior, capabilities and handling of the Ram 1500, the only vehicle to win Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for two consecutive years,  and watch the “Raminator” monster truck crush cars and provide live demos throughout the weekend.
  • Shazam – The Academy of Country Music Awards has partnered with music and TV App Shazam to provide viewers with a second screen experience of the show. When viewers use Shazam anytime during the broadcast, they will have access to nominee and performer information, additional free artist content, and the ability to download music from the Academy of Country Music Awards nominees and performers.
  • Wrangler Jeans – The “Official Jeans of the ACM Awards” is partnering with the Academy to deliver behind-the-scenes glimpses of a network award show through its newest initiative, the Wrangler Network, a first-of-its-kind mobile and online destination that serves as a centralized hub for all Western lifestyle content. Through this online platform, fans will be able to access the exclusive content by visiting www.WranglerNetwork.com after the show. Country music fans can stay tuned to www.WranglerNetwork.com and www.Facebook.com/WranglerWestern for more exclusive ACM coverage and giveaways.
  • Yahoo – Yahoo will exclusively live stream a 90-minute Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet pre-show from 6:30pm – 8pm EST. RAM Country on Yahoo Music (http://ramcountry.music.yahoo.com) will also feature extensive editorial coverage around the event, top moments from past shows, special exclusives and much more.
  Sponsors and partners for the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival include:
  • Beats Music – Beats Music is enhancing the backstage greenroom for performing artists at the ACM Party for a Cause festival, giving them a place to relax before taking the stage, and get a chance to demo the app, receive VIP free trials, a custom photo booth and lots of Beats swag
  • Cabela’s – For the second year, the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event, part of the ACM Party for a Cause Festival weekend events, will bring together hosts Luke Bryan and Justin Moore along with several other country music artist to test their skills in an archery exhibition.
  • CAT Entertainment Services – CAT Entertainment Services has joined us a a partner for this year and is providing all of the generator power and technicians for the stages and festival
  • Firestone – Country fans will have the chance to experience the Firestone auto simulator and meet some of their favorite Country stars when they visit the Firestone booth at the ACM Party for a Cause festival.
  • Hostess – Celebrate with Hostess® at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival. Fans can enjoy Hostess snack samples and win a chance to upgrade your seats. Plus, be on the lookout for special appearances by Twinkie the Kid!
  • Ole Smoky – Ole Smoky Moonshine will be bringing the best Tennessee moonshine with their Mobile Holler at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival.
  • Pure Via – Pure Via, the all-natural, non-GMO, zero-calorie sweetener, is giving fans a chance to meet Jewel at the ACM booth at the ACM Party For a Cause Festival on Saturday at 2:30pm.
  • The Boot Campaign – Fans of the ACM Party for a Cause Festival will have the opportunity to compete against decorated military Veterans in a push-up competition for charity, and meet some of their favorite country music artists.
  Sponsors and partners for the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic include:
  • Presenting Sponsor: Segway
  • Co-Sponsors: Sound Image and Live Nation.
  • Participating Sponsors: PING, William Morris Endeavor, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company, McGhee Entertainment, Creative Artists Agency, Champion Risk & Insurance Services, L.P., Richards & Southern Inc., Loeb & Loeb LLC, Van Atkins Jewelers, Fry’s Electronics, Inc. and G/FORE.
  • Contributing Sponsors: Big Machine Label Group, Buck Owens’ Enterprises, Buddy Lee Attractions, Losers Most Wanted Bar and Grill, Miller Coors, PARADIGM, Police Productions, Premier Global Production, SESAC, Sony Music Nashville, Universal Music Group Nashville and Warner Music Group.
  Sponsors and partners for the ACM All-Star Jam post-party include:
  • Barefoot Wine & Bubbly – Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will be on hand at the ACM All-Star Jam as the Official Wine sponsor, so fans can kick-off their boots and enjoy the ACM’s no-holds-barred musical tradition.
  • Grey Goose –The World’s Best Tasting Vodka, is hosting a VIP ultra premium lounge at the ACM All Star Jam.  This year’s experience provides invited guests a night of celebration and fun while enjoying world class Grey Goose cocktails.
  • Martin Guitar – Martin Guitar has been making the world’s best acoustic guitars for over 180 years. Country music superstars performing at the ACM All-Star Jam will have the opportunity to play these premiere guitars backstage, courtesy of C.F. Martin & Co., Inc.
  • SoundExchange – The ACM All-Star Jam is sponsored in part by SoundExchange, an independent performance rights organization with a mission to support, protect and propel the entire music industry forward. SoundExchange collects and distributes digital royalties for the streaming of sound recordings for recording artists like those performing at the ACM Awards.
  For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com, www.ACMAwards.com , like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.  Download the FREE ACM App for maps, information and to build your own schedule for The Week Vegas Goes Country®. iPhone users can download the app HERE and Andriod users can download the app on Google Play HERE .

Jewel to Perform ACM Lifting Lives Moment During ACM Awards – 4/7

JEWEL PARTNERS WITH ACM LIFTING LIVES®
TO RAISE AWARENESS OF CHILD HUNGER IN THE U.S. DURING SPECIAL MOMENT
ON THE 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
SUNDAY, APRIL 7 ON CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

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ACM Lifting Lives Moment to Feature Jewel’s Performance of “Hands” and “Fill a Heart,” an Original Song Written by Tori Kelly to Benefit ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign

The Academy of Country Music announced today that  Jewel will partner with ACM Lifting Lives® to perform a live mash-up of her chart-topping hit “Hands” combined with “Fill a Heart,” an original song written by singer-songwriter Tori Kelly. This special musical moment, presented by ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, will be performed at the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00PM, live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Kelly, who wrote “Fill a Heart” for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign to bring the story of hunger to life, will introduce the powerful 2013 ACM Lifting Lives moment with Jewel to viewers. This year’s ACM Lifting Lives show moment with Jewel marks the fifth consecutive year of moving performances, which have highlighted worthy causes and provided support on behalf of their beneficiaries during the live Awards telecast.

 

Jewel experienced significant hardship in her early years prior to embarking on a successful career as a singer-songwriter and selling over 27 million albums worldwide. Without a place to call home, there were times when she wasn’t sure where she would spend the night or find her next meal. This experience provided the inspiration for her hit song “Hands,” a song about desperate times and not losing hope.

 

“I’m so honored to perform this year’s ACM Lifting Lives moment and support ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. It’s an important cause I hold near and dear to my heart, and this is a wonderful way to give back and raise awareness. Tori wrote such a beautiful song, and I hope it serves as a wakeup call to everyone about how widespread a problem this is in the United States,” said Jewel.

 

“The Academy has been dedicated to improving lives through the power of music for forty years, and this is the fifth year we’ve included an ACM Lifting Lives moment in the ACM Awards. We are proud to partner once again with ConAgra Foods to bring together a memorable performance to viewers at home, and remind them about some serious issues that Americans face on a daily basis,” said Hannah Martin, Manager, ACM Lifting Lives. “It’s an honor to have Jewel and Tori contribute their talents to this cause, and to help raise awareness for the nearly 17 million children who live in food insecure homes today.”

ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy, is spotlighting the need to end child hunger in conjunction with ConAgra Foods, which in partnership with the ConAgra Foods Foundation has been fighting to end child hunger in America for 20 years. To participate in ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here program, consumers can purchase specially-marked packages of select ConAgra Foods brands, including Banquet®, Hunt’s®, Marie Callender’s®, PAM®, Chef Boyardee®, Orville Redenbacher’s®, Manwich®, Snack Pack®, or Peter Pan® Peanut Butter, and then visit www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com to enter the eight-digit code found on participating product packages. For each code entered through August 2013, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal* to Feeding America. Consumers can also download their favorite version of Tori Kelly’s “Fill a Heart” from Cody Simpson and Amber Riley on the website to share with others and inspire action for the cause.

 

“Child hunger is a problem we cannot ignore,” said Chris Sinta, Director of Consumer Promotions at ConAgra Foods. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with the Academy of Country Music and we’re honored to have Jewel sing ‘Fill a Heart.’ Together, we can help make a difference.”

 

For more information on how to join the fight against child hunger and how to participate in the ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, please visit www.childhungerendshere.com.

 

* For every code entered by 8/31/13, ConAgra Foods will donate 12.5¢, the cost for Feeding America to provide one meal through its network of local food banks. Maximum: 3 million meals. Guaranteed minimum donation: 1 million meals ($125,000). Limit 5 code entries per person/computer each day. Valid in U.S. only. To enter codes and learn more, visit www.childhungerendshere.com.

 

About Jewel
Jewel is an acclaimed American singer, songwriter, actress, poet, painter, philanthropist and daughter to an Alaskan cowboy singer-songwriter. From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, the three-time GRAMMY nominee, hailed by the New York Times as a “songwriter bursting with talents” has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Whether alone with her guitar or fronting a band of ace musicians, Jewel has always been a charismatic live performer, earning the respect of other singer-songwriters such as Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who, not only invited her to open their shows, but mentored her in the early phases of her career.

 

After a tremendous amount of success as a singer-songwriter and over 27 million albums sold, in 2013 Jewel released a Greatest Hits album. The album features a collection of her most known songs as well as two new duets with Kelly Clarkson and The Pistol Annies, in addition to a new track called “Two Hearts Breaking.” She will also star as June Carter Cash in the Lifetime Original Movie “Ring of Fire,” based on June’s life, which will make its world premiere on Lifetime on Monday, May 27 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

 

Jewel currently lives on a working ranch in Stephenville, Texas with her husband, World Champion bull-riding superstar, Ty Murray and their baby Kase Townes Murray.

 

About Tori Kelly
Tori Kelly is a 20 year-old singer/songwriter/producer from Southern California. She self-released Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly last May, a collection of songs that perfectly blend the accessibility of the girl next door with the depth and skill of a world class artist. Tori started singing at age three and then picked up drums, piano and guitar shortly thereafter. She credits Michael Jackson, Jeff Buckley, John Mayer, Jill Scott, and gospel artists such as Crystal Lewis and J. Moss as her musical influences, which are reflected in her soulful pop/rock blend. It is her clear and uncompromising vision for her craft and career that has helped her build a YouTube channel that has garnered over 35,000,000 views and a following that spans the globe. The new “it girl” of music, Tori has generated a buzz not seen in years from a female singer/songwriter. When she stands on stage she gives new meaning to “a girl and her guitar.” In a world where so much music has become overproduced and complex, Tori is a purist…her unique vocal runs and the purity of her tone are impossible to ignore.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.  For more information, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

 

About ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Lives is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Each year, ACM Lifting Lives® provides grants to music therapy and music education programs.  Other giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund and partnering with artists to improve lives through music.  Downloads and direct donations of Toby Keith’s performance on the 45th annual telecast, Darius Rucker’s performance on the 46th annual telecast and Little Big Town’s performance on the 47th annual telecast raised funds and awareness for Stand Up To Cancer, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign respectively.  For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

 

About ConAgra Foods
ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG), is one of North America’s largest packaged food companies. Its balanced portfolio includes consumer brands found in 97 percent of America’s households, the largest private brand packaged food business in North America, and a strong commercial and foodservice business. Consumers can find recognized brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt’s®, Marie Callender’s®, Orville Redenbacher’s® popcorn, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim® beef jerky, Snack Pack® and many other ConAgra Foods brands, plus food sold under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club stores and drugstores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong commercial foods presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice, bakery and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. ConAgra Foods operates ReadySetEat.com, an interactive recipe website that provides consumers with dinner ideas and more. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.