SOLID Sets New Record with Annual Music Market

Backstage Auction To Donate $12,000 To CMA Foundation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 26, 2018) - The Society of Leaders In Development (SOLID) set a new record last week, raising over $74,000 at their annual Music Market during CMA Music Festival - breaking a previous record of $60,000 raised. $12,000 has been donated in support of the CMA Foundation.  
Though previously a one-day event held at Bridgestone Arena and set up similar to a flea market, this year’s Music Market featured a few different ways to purchase and/or bid on items – including its new Backstage Auction, which took place in CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X (Music City Center) over the course of the four-day festival. The silent auction gave fans an opportunity to bid on exclusive artist merchandise, unique fan experiences, elite weekend packages, premiere concerts, signed instruments, one-of-a-kind artist & fan engagement opportunities and more from their favorite artists.  
The Music Market also includes an online component for fans that couldn’t make it to CMA Music Festival. The online auction is ongoing, with new items added regularly at Totals for the online auction have not yet been factored into the over $74,000 raised and are forthcoming.
“We’re so thrilled with the results of this year’s Music Market and Backstage Auction,” said SOLID President Johnny Cloherty. “We’re especially thankful to CMA for welcoming us into Fan Fair X this year, and pleased to be able to give back to the CMA Foundation.”
This year’s Backstage Auction included items from Luke Bryan, Dolly Parton, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Zac Brown Band, Martina McBride, Kelsea Ballerini and many more.
“We are beyond grateful for the overwhelming community involvement that helped make the Backstage Auction a monumental success this year,” said Erin Pettit, Music Market chair. “This event wouldn’t have been possible without our incredible donors, active membership, alumni and volunteers. We are elated with the results of this event and the contributions that we are able to make for the CMA Foundation and the future of SOLID.”