The Grand Ole Opry will launch the #UNBROKEN campaign to raise money for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund tomorrow (Saturday). Opry fans will be invited to contribute to the fund while Terri Clark, Lauren Alaina and Ashley McBryde perform during the Opry's 4,918th consecutive Saturday night broadcast. 
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"CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares" will air on Wednesday, April 8th and feature virtual performances and interviews from Rogers’ friends and country contemporaries, including Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill, and more.

All contributors will film their tributes directly from their own homes and their performances will be blended with rare archival photos, interviews and performances, as well as clips and commentary from Rogers himself.
 
The country music icon, best known for hits like “Islands in the Stream” and “The Gambler,” died from natural causes at age 81 on March 20.  

While the special airs, fans can donate directly to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, by visiting musicares.org/kennyrogers and texting KENNYCARES to 41444 during the broadcast to contribute. The fund was established to provide critical funds directly to the thousands of music creators and industry professionals who have the greatest need due to the coronavirus pandemic. Half of all funds raised will go directly to the Nashville country community.

Lady Antebellum have rescheduled the May and June dates of their Ocean 2020 Tour, which will now kick off July 2nd at Sacramento's Toyota Amphitheatre. The run will feature special guests Jake Owen and Maddie & Tae.  
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The Country Music Association—through its philanthropic arm, the CMA Foundation—has pledged $1 million to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was created by The Recording Academy to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease outbreak and subsequent cancellation of music events.

The funds will be used to provide support to those in the music industry whose employment has been impacted by the effects of the virus and will specifically assist in covering mortgage and rent costs to help keep out-of-work industry professionals in their homes.

Dolly Parton is donating $1 million toward coronavirus research. 

Parton is donating to research currently being conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on a cure for the coronavirus. 

Parton said in an Instagram post:  “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure."

She encouraged others who can afford it to make donations as well. 

In addition to the donation, Parton this week announced a bedtime reading series aimed at comforting children during the pandemic and subsequent school closures across the country. 

The “Goodnight with Dolly” series will launch today under Parton’s nonprofit organization, Imagination Library, which sends free books to children around the world. 

Parton offered a message of hope in a recent Instagram post, saying when the pandemic ends, “we’re going to all be better people” and asking people to “keep the faith.”

A week after crashing Facebook multiple times with a live session that brought a reported 5.2 million viewers to the social media platform,  Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood returned for "Garth & Trisha Live!" 

CBS aired the hour-long request program from Brooks' "Studio G" in Nashville. 

Garth said, "This is about requests and getting to play music and to be together — apart — if that makes sense." 

As part of the program, CBS and Brooks-Yearwood partnered to donate $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts. 

Jason Aldean and wife Brittany bought lunch for an entire New York pharmacy.

One Brittany follower named Patty, a pharmacy technician in Hamburg, N.Y commented saying her and her staff have been working overtime and could really use a nice meal. She explained that all the employees are constantly running around to get everything done and help as many people as they can, that most meals are eaten on their feet while trying to tackle the next task. The staff has been surviving on chips and other quick vending machine options for meals.

A few hours later Brittany reached out to Patty through Direct Message and said she wanted to help. The next day the Aldeans sent the entire pharmacy staff lunch from Panera.

CMA Fest will not take place in 2020. The festival is being canceled for the year due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which is forcing event organizers and artists to cancel and move festivals and tour dates to prevent the spread of the virus.

It will be the first time in 48 years that CMA Fest, which was previously known as Fan Fair, will not take place.  

Those who had already purchased four-day passes for CMA Fest 2020 can roll their passes to CMA Fest 2021, which will take place on June 10th-13th. However, refunds are also available, and four-day passholders will receive further information about next steps this week.

Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson has tested positive for COVID-19. The leader of the Texas-based band alerted fans via Facebook of his diagnosis but says he remains optimistic.

He said,  “Hoping for the best don't have the usual symptoms but feel tired head ache no fever no cough!! I'll be ok sure do miss playin music and seein everyone!”
 
He went on to stress to fans that the coronavirus is “serious.” While Benson says he’s been alone for most of the time he’s had it and wore a mask and washed hands frequently, he still contracted the coronavirus.

Benson is one of several country artists who have contracted the coronavirus. John Prine’s family revealed he had symptoms and had been in the hospital several days as of Sunday; his wife let fans know Monday afternoon that Prine is now "stable," while newcomer Kalie Shorr also shared on Twitter that she contracted it.

Dolly Parton believes the coronavirus is a lesson from God. The country legend began a video at the bottom of her stairs, singing, "Climbing the stairway to heaven, because this virus has scared the H-E-L-L out of out us."

Switching to speaking, Parton continued, "I'm not making light of the situation. Well, maybe I am, because it's the light, I believe, that’s gonna dissolve the situation. I think God is in this, I really do. I think he's trying to hold us up to the light so we can see ourselves and see each other through the eyes of love. And I hope we learn that lesson."

"I think that when this passes, we're gonna all be better people," she said. "I know that I have a positive attitude about it, as negative as it seems to be right now. So just keep the faith, don't be too scared, it's gonna be alright, God loves us."

Dolly Parton sent fans a positive message of faith and reassurance while at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Parton says she believes this moment is a test from God.