POWER OF MUSIC FESTIVALÂ BRINGS OVER 50 PERFORMERS TO BENTONVILLE, ARKANSASÂ APRIL 27-29Â FOR 80-PLUS SHOWS
Presented ByÂ Coca-Cola, The Fundraiser Features Songwriting Legends From Around The World, Workshops & More
The Power Of Music FestivalÂ will bring over 50 performers to eight stages for more than 80 showsÂ April 27-29Â during the inaugural fundraiser in Bentonville, Arkansas for theÂ I’ll Fly Away Foundation.Â The roster of talent reads like a “Who’s Who” of the songwriting world:Â Beth Nielsen Chapman, Thom Schuyler, Roger Cook, Richard Leigh, Tony Arata and Dennis Morgan (allÂ Nashville Songwriters Hall Of FameÂ honorees), multiple Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson, Fred Knobloch, Larry Cordle and moreÂ are scheduled to perform. Â Next generation writers appearing include Katie Larson, Michael Dause, Graham Weber, Akina Adderley, Candy Lee, Saul Paul, The Accidentals and more.Â Â All funds raised will benefit theÂ “You Can Fly”Â Songwriting Program.
In addition to performances, the Festival will feature respected music industry professionals in panel discussions on the craft and business of songwriting.Â A complete schedule of all events and more information can be found on theÂ Festival’sÂ website.Â Of special note is the showing of THE LAST SONGWRITER onÂ April 28.Â Â A documentary featuring Garth Brooks, EmmylouÂ Harris, Jason Isbell and Matraca Berg,Â the film will premiere at theÂ Nashville Film FestivalÂ onÂ April 27, and theÂ Power Of Music FestivalÂ will screen the feature at theÂ Walmart World RoomÂ above Sam Walton’s originalÂ Five and Dime Store and Walmart MuseumÂ on the Bentonville square the following day.Â View Garth Brooks’ comments on the filmÂ HERE.
Formed in 2011 by Betsy Brumley and her husband Kevin Bernier, theÂ I’ll Fly Away FoundationÂ is on a mission to improve lives through music.Â The Foundation’s popular outreach program,Â “You Can Fly,”Â is a cornerstone of the 501c3 non-profit organization.Â The week-long songwriting workshop is conducted in elementary schools, and pairs individual classes with a professional songwriter.Â Offering a non-traditional approach to learning, the program uses songwriting as a basis for promoting teamwork, creativity, empathy and improved expression.Â Since its inception, over 3000 students have participated inÂ “You Can Fly”Â workshops.Â For more information on theÂ I’ll Fly Away FoundationÂ and its various programs, visitÂ FLY.
I’ll Fly Away FoundationÂ Chairman Betsy Brumley is the granddaughter of Albert E. Brumley, the songwriter behind the now-classic,Â “I’ll Fly Away,”Â and the foundation takes its name from the title.Â Mr. Brumley was a pioneer of American Gospel music as well as Bluegrass and Country recordings, and Betsy is determined to preserve the “old songs” that shaped American music for future music lovers.Â Along the way, the Foundation aims to inspire the next generation of songwriters.