ACM Lifting Lives® and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will partner again for the 7th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, June 23-June 29, 2016, in Nashville, TN. Country music artists Maren Morris, Eric Paslay, Carrie Underwood, Maddie & Tae and songwriter/producer Ross Copperman have graciously agreed to volunteer their time with the campers at various points throughout the week – and Rascal Flatts will perform with ACM Lifting Lives Music campers in the finale at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, June 28, 2016!

The Camp, a week-long residential program open to individuals with Williams syndrome, talented in music from around the U.S. and Canada, has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the Camp in addition to providing scholarships to several campers, enabling the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center 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 recording session, along with other music-oriented activities, culminating in a live performance on the world famous Grand Ole Opry.

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, Lee Brice, Kix Brooks, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, JT Hodges, Julianne Hough, Casey James, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Scotty McCreery, Lance Miller, Eddie Montgomery, David Lee Murphy, Jerrod Niemann, Jake Owen, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Paul Worley, Wynonna, Big & Rich, Little Big Town, Love and Theft, The Band Perry, The Swon Brothers and more. This year’s schedule includes:

Thursday, June 23            Songwriting Workshop with Producer Ross Copperman and artist Eric Paslay
                                                 Meet & Greet with Maddie & Tae

Friday, June 24                   Seacrest Studios Visit with Raelynn

Sunday, June 26                 Dinner and Karaoke with artist TBD

Monday, June 27                Recording Studio Day with Producer Ross Copperman and Carrie Underwood
Bluebird Café visit with Maren Morris

Tuesday, June 28               LIVE performance with Rascal Flatts at the Grand Ole Opry

To learn more about ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp or to receive notifications about admission for 2017, please go here.

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. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Generous donations and the support of artists and fans ensure ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit

Below is a video from last year’s camp:

About Williams syndrome
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.

About the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has been opening doors and transforming the lives of children and adults with disabilities through innovative research, services, and training for over 50 years. Its mission is to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families.