Updated on 6/13/2013 3:53:52 PM.
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and ACM Lifting Lives will partner again for the 4th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, being held June 23-29 in Nashville. Country artists Lauren Alaina, Jerrod Niemann, Jake Owen, and Love and Theft, along with hit songwriter Dallas Davidson, have graciously agreed to volunteer their time with the campers at various points throughout the week.
The Camp, a week-long residential program open to musically-talented individuals with Williams syndrome from around the nation, has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. Williams syndrome is a rare genetic condition (estimated to occur in 1/7,500 births) that causes medical and developmental problems. It is associated with an unusual pattern of strengths and weaknesses in linguistic and cognitive profiles, as well as intellectual disability.
ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the Camp in addition to providing scholarships to several campers, enabling the VKC to advance its mission of improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through research, training, and service.
Campers will participate in a songwriting workshop and studio day, along with other music-oriented activities, culminating in a live performance on Friday, June 28, with Jerrod Niemann on the world famous Grand Ole Opry stage.
Throughout the week, campers gain invaluable experience through visits from top-tier country music veterans. Prior camps have featured artist visits from Lauren Alaina, Gary Allan, Big & Rich, Kix Brooks, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Julianne Hough, Jana Kramer, Little Big Town, Eddie Montgomery, David Lee Murphy, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Paul Worley, Wynonna, and more. This year’s camp artist/VIP visits include Dallas Davidson and Jerrod Niemann, Lauren Alaina, Jake Owen, and country group Love and Theft.
Tickets for Friday evening’s Opry performance are available now at www.opry.com.
To learn more about ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp or to receive notifications regarding admission for 2014, please visit the VKC’s ACM LL Music Camp Web page.
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