CMA Music Fest to donate proceeds flood relief

Freight containers are under water Tuesday, May 4, 2010 near Nashville, Tenn. Rescuers feared even more bodies would emerge as muddy flood waters remain from torrential weekend rains that swamped Nashville, much of Tennessee and two neighboring states, leaving at least 29 dead. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

May 6, 2010 7:41:17 PM PDT
The Country Music Association is planning to donate half of its net proceeds from the CMA Music Festival to flood relief.

The money will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The other half of the proceeds is annually donated to Metro Nashville Public Schools for music education. CMA Vice President of Corporate Communications Wendy Pearl says CMA donated over $1 million to the Keep the Music Playing program last year.

The festival usually draws around 56,000 people into downtown, which also boosts local businesses.

The CMA Music Fest takes place June 10-13 in Nashville.