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Urban's All for the Hall gig raises $465K

Monday, April 16, 2012 – Keith Urban's We're All for the Hall benefit concert on April 10 raised $465,000, bringing the event's 3-year total to approximately $1.5 million.

Nearly 14,000 fans packed Nashville's Bridgestone Arena to enjoy the one-of-a-kind show with appearances from Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Lady Antebellum, Pistol Annies, Little Big Town, Don Williams, Diamond Rio, The Band Perry, Blue Sky Riders, The Oak Ridge Boys and Thompson Square.

"This museum, and country music in general, could not ask for greater ambassadors and caretakers than Vince Gill and Keith Urban," said Museum Director Kyle Young. "They have such a reverence for this music's history, and are passionate about its future. The first We're All for the Hall benefit, in 2009, was a game changer for this museum in terms of both fundraising and awareness, and this year's show, the third, has again helped take this institution to another level."

"With this year's show, and its spotlight on duos and groups," Young continued, "Keith and Vince put together a concert lineup that showcased the breadth and depth of country music. From Merle Haggard to the Band Perry, (the) performances were an aural tour of where this art form has been, and where it's going. I'm proud to say that with Keith and Vince, it couldn't be in better hands."

"The support that We're All for the Hall has continued to receive truly validates the importance of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and its place at the epicenter of country music," said Urban. "To all of the fans that have come out to the shows, the artists that have given so generously of their time and to the commitment of dollars, equipment and products that our corporate partners have given us, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. We'll see you again next year."

Proceeds from We're All for the Hall will be invested in the care of the institution's collection in its schedule of school and public programs, and in enhancements for its core exhibition.

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