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Birthplace of Country Music Asking for Votes
to Help Win Up to $25K Grant

25 Years of Giving Video Contest from First Tennessee Foundation

The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is asking for your help to win up to $25,000 in grant funding. It’s all part of the 25 Years of Giving Video Contest from the First Tennessee Foundation.

“If we are chosen, we will use the grant for educational programming at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum,” said Leah Ross, BCM Executive Director. BCM is the parent nonprofit of the museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol. “The grant would enable us help schools with the cost of bus transportation to the museum for field trips. It would also help us with costs for Pick Along Summer Camp for kids and to provide curriculum materials for our free Teacher In-Service program.”

The top 30 videos with the most votes will advance to the next level as finalists, and 25 selected winners will receive a grant. Organizations from communities in Florida, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia will compete for more than $80 million in grants during the 25 Years of Giving Contest.

“Once again, we are asking for help from our community,” Ross added. “They have always been so generous to us, and we are so grateful for that support. We can’t do this without them!”

Online voting begins August 15 and ends August 31, 2018. Go to to cast your vote. You will find BCM’s video listed under the state of Virginia. Participants are asked to log in to vote; individuals may vote once daily.

About First Tennessee Foundation

Our company established a private charitable foundation in 1993 to support nonprofit organizations in the communities we serve. We invest in a way that engages our employees, responds inclusively to needs and promotes progress and prosperity across Tennessee. Since its inception, our foundation has donated more than $80 million to meet community needs. The foundation was twice chosen as one of the most outstanding foundations by the Memphis chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives for our leadership in philanthropy and community involvement and a certificate of recognition for our outstanding work in the community from the American Bankers Association. The committee was impressed with the foundation’s initiative, creativity and dedication, especially in today’s challenging economic environment.

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