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The CMA Foundation will donate $250,000 towards construction of the first-ever physical Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at downtown's Music City Center. The contribution was announced today by CMA Board Chairman Troy Tomlinson during CMA's annual Triple Play Awards and Songwriters Luncheon in Nashville. Established in 1970, the Songwriters Hall has been virtual up to now. The new Music City Center location will include indoor and outdoor displays. "The CMA Foundation’s decision to fund this important initiative is just another example of our commitment to preserving the legacy and recognizing excellence in our songwriter community," said CMA CEO Steve Moore.
Also at the luncheon, CMA bestowed Triple Play Awards to a dozen songwriters. The award recognizes songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12-month period. Honored today were Dierks Bentley, Rodney Clawson, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Ben Hayslip, Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Shane McAnally, Eric Paslay, Neil Thrasher and Chris Young.