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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Admission is FREE on Sat., Feb. 4

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Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- As a not-for-profit educational organization, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is pleased to partner with Ford Motor Company Fund for the fifth consecutive year to say thank you to the Middle Tennessee community (and all lucky out-of-town visitors to the museum on this day) by offering free museum admission on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to touring the exhibit galleries, visitors will be able to attend a variety of programs and events. These include a demonstration by Hatch Show Print staff from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Hall of Fame rotunda; a Musical Petting Zoo, which allows children a hands-on experience with a variety of musical instruments, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the SunTrust Community Room; a Songwriter Session with Erin Enderlin and Jim "Moose" Brown at 11:30 a.m. in the museum's Ford Theater; and a concert by ACM New Artist of the Year nominee Hunter Hayes, whose Top 15 hit "Storm Warning" continues to climb the country charts, at 2:00 p.m. Additionally, the museum will feature "Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT" autograph signings with the Oak Ridge Boys (noon) and Hayes (3:00 p.m.). Please visit the museum's website for complete signing details and updated programming information.

Jim Graham, manager Ford Fund, stated, "Ford Motor Company and the Nashville Area Ford Dealers are looking forward to once again offering this exciting opportunity to enjoy the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's premier educational experiences. This is our fifth consecutive year providing this experience, and the initiative is part of a long standing commitment to preserving and enhancing Middle Tennessee's important contribution to American history."

Ford Community Day visitors who show their Ford key in the Museum Store will receive a 10% discount off merchandise; visitors who wish to purchase a museum membership on this day will receive a 30% discount.

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services is committed to creating opportunities that promote corporate citizenship, philanthropy, volunteerism and cultural diversity for those who live in the communities where Ford operates. Established in 1949 and made possible by funding from Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Company Fund supports initiatives and institutions that foster innovative education, auto-related safety, and American heritage and legacy. National programs include Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies, which provides high school students with academically rigorous 21st century learning experiences, and Ford Driving Skills for Life, a teen-focused auto safety initiative. The Ford Volunteer Corps, established in 2005, continues Ford's legacy of caring worldwide. Through the Volunteer Corps, Ford employees and retirees participate in a wide range of volunteer projects in their communities. For more information on programs made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, visit .

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum's mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum's Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at or by calling (615) 416-2001.

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