Celebrating Songwriting: Country Music Hall of Fame’s Annual Event

The Country Music Hall of Fame honors young songwriters in its Words & Music program.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, recently hosted its 45th annual celebration, dedicated to its flagship educational initiative, Words & Music. This event, held on May 7, 2024, in the museum’s Ford Theater, brought together school-aged participants, their families, and the program’s hosts, Tigirlily Gold, a Monument Records recording act, to showcase a selection of 13 original songs written by students from Nashville and its surrounding areas.

Throughout the evening, the young songwriters had the opportunity to perform their Words & Music compositions alongside their professional songwriting partners and classmates. This unique program not only allows students to express their stories through songwriting but also helps develop their language arts skills, reinforcing the significance of country music’s songwriting legacy and its impact on future generations. The recorded performances from the night will be made available on the museum’s website later this summer for a wider audience to enjoy.

Words & Music is designed to engage students in grades 3-12 in the art of songwriting. Since its inception in 1979, the program has seen participation from over 160,000 students, offering them a chance to work with professional songwriters in an immersive workshop setting. This hands-on approach transforms their original lyrics into fully realized songs, showcasing their creativity and storytelling abilities.

The program is supported by various organizations, including the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music, and receives funding from American Airlines, the Chet Atkins Music Education Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, CMA Foundation, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and several other prestigious foundations and commissions.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, operated by the Country Music Foundation, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting country music and its history. The museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, stands as one of the most-visited history museums in the United States. It operates several entities, including Historic RCA Studio B®, Hatch Show Print® poster shop, and CMF Press, further contributing to the education and entertainment of diverse audiences through exhibitions, publications, digital media, and educational programs.

For more information about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and its programs, visit their website at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or contact them by phone at (615) 416-2001.

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