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May 2

CMA Announces New Procedures for Autograph Seekers during CMA Music Festival

Lauren Alaina & Scotty McCreery

Lauren Alaina & Scotty McCreery pose with Rae Ann Cook of Callisburg, Tx. at the CMA booth in the Fan Fair hall during the 2011 CMA Music Festival. Photo Credit: Jim Hagans.

The Country Music Association has announced new procedures for autograph seekers during 2012 CMA Music Festival, June 7-10, to enhance the overall Festival experience, improve safety, and make the process for securing a treasured autograph equitable for all Festival goers.

The new system will be a drawing with online sign ups and notification in advance of the June event, enabling Festival attendees to schedule their time during the Festival attending concerts and taking part in free events and activities rather than waiting in line in hopes of securing a signature.

“It is going to be a much better experience for the fans,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore.”The new system eliminates the need to stand in long lines or camp out overnight on the street to be the first in the Fan Fair Hall. Fans won’t have to sprint to get to an autograph booth. Now all of our guests have an equal opportunity to get a coveted autograph and still be free to enjoy all the great music and entertainment the Festival has to offer.”

Here is how it works: Individual booths will no longer distribute tickets for autograph signings each morning inside the Hall. Instead, fans will enter a random drawing for the opportunity to meet various artists appearing in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. Patrons will enter this drawing in advance of CMA Music Festival via an online entry form at CMAfest.com. Entering the drawing is easy:

  • Go to www.CMAfest.com between May 14 (starting at 10:00AM/CT) and May 28 (ending at 5:00 PM/CT).
  • Patrons enter their contact information and then select from the list of participating artists signing autographs in the Hall.
  • Patrons may select as few or as many of the artists listed to be entered to win a ticket for each respective signing.
  • Once the entry has been submitted, it can’t be changed. Duplicate entries will not be considered.
  • All winners will be notified on Friday, June 1 via email.

The confirmation emails will contain  detailed information on which artist(s) the fan gets to meet as well as the date, time, and location of the signings inside the Fan Fair Hall, plus instructions on where, when, and how to retrieve autograph tickets inside the Nashville Convention Center.

For patrons who can’t get to a computer to register ahead of time, CMA will have a limited number of tickets on-site at the Festival. For information about how these will be distributed, see the Fan Fair Hall page at CMAfest.com.

All winners must claim their autograph tickets the day before their scheduled autograph signing. The confirmation letter will outline specific pick up times. Any autograph tickets not claimed by the specified pick up time will be forfeited. Autograph tickets may only be claimed by the contact person on the entry form or an authorized guardian/adult.

When winners pick up their tickets, they must present both their confirmation email and a photo ID. For minor winners without a valid photo ID, a guardian/adult must accompany the minor to retrieve the autograph ticket. The guardian/adult must present their photo ID along with the winner’s email confirmation.

The autograph ticket will be a wristband that must be worn in order to line up for each signing. Selling of autograph tickets/wristbands is prohibited.

Not every artist participating in the Fan Fair Hall will be part of the autograph drawing. There will be many opportunities for patrons to obtain multiple autographs from artists by just walking around the Fan Fair Hall.

There will no longer be a separate allotment of tickets for ADA patrons. CMA is committed to distributing the autograph tickets in a fair manner for all our valued patrons. The online drawing effectively removes any physical barriers, providing all patrons fair and equal access for a chance to win an autograph ticket.

New enhancements to the Fan Fair Hall will be announced in the coming weeks.

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