NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The Country Music Association has announced a new partnership with the Touring Professionals Alliance, a nonprofit that supports crew members working behind the scenes within the live music industry.
As part of its ongoing Music Industry COVID Support initiative, CMA will fund the expansion of the Touring Professional Alliance Kitchen program, which offers chef-driven meals to live music professionals within the music community.
Beginning Wednesday, the Touring Professional Alliance Kitchen will operate once a week through Wednesday, March 24 in Nashville. Participating restaurants include Audrey, helmed by Chef Sean Brock, and Chaatable, helmed by Chef Maneet Chauhan.
“I’ve been a road manager, musician tour bus driver you name it if it involves music I’ve been a part of it," Tim Bowers, who has been a tour manager for 33 years, said.
Bowers worked mostly for BJ Thomas, but has had no work for this last year. On Wednesday, he was treated to a meal of fried chicken, butter beans and drop biscuits.
“I can’t even tell you how important this is to all of us that we stick together like this and make it happen it really means so much to the music community," Bowers said.
Music industry professionals interested in receiving a meal through the program must register in advance.
“Live music touring professionals are like family members to us, and we are honored to partner with the Touring Professionals Alliance to contribute to their efforts,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, in a news release. “The aid provided through the Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen goes so much deeper than simply offering meals to industry professionals in need - TPA has created an environment for our friends to come together for a brief moment of relieve in what has been an incredibly difficult year.”
“COVID devastated the live music touring industry and put thousands of professionals out of work almost overnight. The Touring Professionals Alliance came together to aid our work families who are struggling,” said Jerome Crooks, Touring Professionals Alliance Co-Founder and tour manager for bands such as NIN, Tool and Soundgarden, in a news release. “We are beyond grateful to the CMA for their generous donation of funds and resources that allow us to provide a measure of relief to help our brothers and sisters in need.”
CMA is a leading voice representing all professionals making a living in country music globally, serving as a critical resource of information and providing a forum for industry leadership. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization extended its mission to support all music professionals within the business with its COVID-19 relief efforts, regardless of genre.
The announcement of CMA’s partnership with the Touring Professionals Alliance follows several previously announced nonprofit investments funded through CMA’s $3 million long-term COVID-19 commitment that began in early 2020. Additional nonprofit investments through the MICS initiative include Music Health Alliance, Musically Fed, MusiCares, Notes for Notes, Porter’s Call and The Store.
Established as a portal for key resources in the categories of food supply, health and wellness, and career services, CMAmics.com helps to connect industry professionals with appropriate nonprofit partners offering critical support. Those in need are encouraged to visit the website and utilize the new chatbot feature to learn more about specific resources available. CMA will announce further nonprofit investments in the coming weeks and months.
The Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen launched last year in partnership with The Lee Initiative and together, the organizations have served more than 7,500 meals in Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville and New York in partnership with local chef-driven restaurants. With this new program, the Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen, the TPA aims to expand its program to additional cities in 2021. For more information on the relief efforts and for specifics on dates and locations for meal distribution, visit TouringProfessionals.com.