ACM LIFTING LIVES AWARDS GRANTS IN HONOR OF ACM ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR MIRANDA LAMBERT

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 7:00am

MuttNation Foundation and Music Health Alliance’s Mental Health Fund Selected as 2022 Grant Recipients with $37,500 Committed in Her Honor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Academy of Country Music’s charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives, will award two grants in honor of Miranda Lambert in 2022, continuing a longstanding tradition of Lifting Lives honoring each Entertainer of the Year winner by supporting their selected 501c3 organizations. 
 
The $25,000 Entertainer of the Year grant funding will be split between two recipients, with $12,500 benefitting Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation and $12,500 benefitting Music Health Alliance’s Mental Health Fund. Additionally, ACM Lifting Lives is also matching the donation to Music Health Alliance to coincide with mental health awareness month this May, continuing their commitment to health-related initiatives.

“The generosity and support of the country music community has enabled us to provide aid to thousands of individuals and organizations in times of need, and we’re honored to partner with Miranda Lambert to support not one but two important causes in 2022,” shares Lyndsay Cruz, Executive Director of ACM Lifting Lives.

Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation has raised over $6 million since its inception in 2009 to support its mission to promote the adoption of rescue pets, support animal shelters across the country, advance spay & neuter and assist with the transport of animals during times of natural disaster.
 
Based in Nashville, Music Health Alliance has provided free healthcare advocacy and support to more than 18,000 music industry members in 49 states across the U.S. and saved the music community more than $85,000,000 nationwide in less than a decade by providing advocacy and access to lifesaving transplants, medicine, mental health resources, end of life care and many other necessary services. The MHA Mental Health Fund was established in 2021 to provide access to mental health services including counseling, therapy and screenings for all music industry professionals.
 
For more information, visit 
ACMLiftingLives.org.
 
About ACM Lifting Lives®
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music. We harness the power of our Country Music community and partners to provide aid in times of need, with a focus on health-related initiatives. With generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives has funded national music therapy programs serving various mental and physical health organizations. Recipients include patients at children’s hospitals and other healthcare facilities, recovering veterans, people with Williams syndrome, and individuals with mental illness. For more information, please visit 
ACMLiftingLives.org
 
About Music Health Alliance
Based in Nashville, Music Health Alliance has provided free healthcare advocacy and support to more than 18,000 music industry members in 49 states across the U.S. in the non-profit’s first nine years and saved the music community more than $85,000,000 nationwide by providing advocacy and access to lifesaving transplants, medicine, mental health resources, end of life care and many other necessary services. In response to the pandemic, Music Health Alliance’s COVID-19 Relief Plan was created to provide direct support for the immediate needs of music industry professionals and their families during this public health crisis through relief grants, simplified solutions and a comprehensive database of resources. MHA fights so those in our industry – songwriters, musicians, performers, producers, engineers, venue operators, artist managers, agents, publishers, business managers, and more – never have to feel alone in a health crisis and removes obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life. Entirely funded through grants and individual and corporate donations, financial support from the music community is critical to continue Music Health Alliance’s (MHA) advocacy and free services. For every $1 donation, MHA is able to provide $30 in life-saving healthcare resources to Heal The Music.
 
About MuttNation Foundation
Founded in 2009 by Miranda and her mom, Bev Lambert, MuttNation is a donation-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the adoption of shelter pets, advance spay & neuter and educate the public about the importance and beneficial impact of these actions. With a goal of finding a forever home for every shelter animal, MuttNation supports animal rescues across the country, provides positive reinforcement for the shelter adoption experience, works to raise awareness for its causes and develops and implements initiatives to further its mission-driven goals. MuttNation also provides monetary support to shelters impacted by natural disaster while working with transport partners to assist and relocate animals. 
 
About Miranda Lambert
Available everywhere now, Palomino, the eighth solo album from Vanner Records/RCA Nashville superstar Miranda Lambert, is the latest installment in a storied career that has spanned seven No. 1 solo albums, 10 No. 1 hit radio singles, more than 70 prestigious awards and countless sales certifications, earning the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year praise from NPR as “the most riveting country star of her generation.”
 
Following 2019’s critically acclaimed release of her GRAMMY Award-winning album, Wildcard, the Texas native ushered in her next musical era with the recent release of Palomino lead single “If I Was a Cowboy” (currently climbing the Top 15 at Country radio), while also adding her voice to Netflix’s new season of Queer Eye with inclusive anthem “Y’all Means All.” She is set to hit the road on The Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town this spring and will kick off her Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency at the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in September.

In addition to Wildcard, the celebrated singer/songwriter’s lauded discography includes The Weight of These Wings (2016), Platinum (2014), Four The Record (2011), Revolution (2009), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007) and Kerosene (2005). She has also released three albums with her trio, the Pistol Annies, as well as 2021’s The Marfa Tapes, a critically acclaimed and GRAMMY-nominated, raw and intimate recording with collaborators Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.
 
The most decorated artist in the history of the Academy of Country Music, Lambert has earned 37 ACM Awards (including the current ACM Entertainer of the Year title and a record-setting nine consecutive Female Artist of the Year Awards), 14 CMA Awards, three GRAMMY Awards, the Nashville Symphony Harmony Award, ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award and ACM Song of the Decade Award, plus was named 2019’s RIAA Artist of the Year. She is the youngest artist ever to serve as the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s Artist in Residence, joining a legendary list of predecessors including Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Tom T. Hall, Jerry Douglas and more.

Her clothing and cowboy boot collection, Idyllwind, is a private-label brand sold at all Boot Barn stores nationwide. For more information, visit 
www.idyllwind.com.

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Media Contact for ACM Lifting Lives:
Jesse Knutson
Academy of Country Music 

jesse@acmcountry.com
 
Media Contacts for Miranda Lambert & MuttNation Foundation:
Ebie McFarland | Janet Buck 
Essential Broadcast Media
(615) 327-3259

ebie@ebmediapr.com | janet@ebmediapr.com 

Courtney Beebe
Sony Music Nashville
(615) 946-7287

courtney.beebe@sonymusic.com
 
Media Contacts for Music Health Alliance:
Joseph Conner
Essential Broadcast Media

joseph@ebmediapr.com
 
Cindy Hunt
Monarch Publicity

cindy.hunt@monarchpublicity.com