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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
The Country Music Association has made the decision to ban Confederate imagery of any kind for the first time for this year’s festival starting on June 9th and running through June 12th, 2022.
The CMA has stated that the decision was made to ban such imagery to make the event more “inclusive”.
They state in their event policy on their website that “any behavior that causes one of our attendees to fear for their personal safety will not be tolerated, and this is inclusive of any displays of the Confederate flag.”
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In a statement made to the Consequence of Sound, organizers state, “We have always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and ban discrimination, but we felt it was important to further refine our language to explicitly outline what will and will not be tolerated.”
Headliners of this year’s festival include:
• June 9th – Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Zach Brown Band & Darius Rucker
• June 10th – Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Cole Swindell & Kelsea Ballerini
• June 11th – Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan & Luke Combs
• June 12th, Dierks Bently, Russell Dickerson, Parker McCollum & Lady A
The event will be held at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.
The CMA Festival is following in the footsteps of the only other Country music event to outright ban Confederate imagery. Stagecoach was the first, which was held at Indio, California’s Empire Polo Club.
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com