Ain’t No Better Bargain Than Free

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum announced some huge news at the beginning of July. The Community Counts program provides three different opportunities for area residents to gain free admission to the Museum. Executive Director Kyle Young told The East Nashvillian recently that he was “thrilled for the Hall to finally be in the financial position” to offer this new program.
     Those 18 and under who reside in Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, or Wilson county will receive free general admission. Proof of residency is required — and that includes wearing a school T-shirt! Advance check-in is also available for the cool kids who prefer to be on the guest list. General admission tickets grant access to Museum exhibits — including the limited-run exhibitions happening throughout the year, the Taylor Swift Education Center, musical performances by must-see artists, and discussions with country music legends.
     Youth admission tickets can be used as often as you like; they don’t expire, so as long as the doors are open, you’re in. Up to two accompanying adults can receive 25 percent off general admission tickets as well.
     In partnership with the Nashville Public Library, the Museum offers the Community Counts Passport. These passports are only available for pick-up in person at any Nashville Public Library location and must be exchanged at the Museum’s Information Desk for actual tickets. Community Counts Passports offer the same access as someone paying full price for a general admission ticket.
     A third option is available for families in the aforementioned counties who desire a Family Membership and are receiving SNAP and Family First benefits. Qualifying households can pay just $5 for a membership level regularly priced at $100. Proper documentation (an EBT card plus proof of residency) is required.
     The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is conveniently located near MTA bus lines, and parking is available at the Convention Center and other locations. ParkitDowntown. com is an easy way to access interactive parking maps should the need arise.
     Don’t miss our special feature “Hall of History” on Page 44 for a look inside the Hall’s 50-year legacy of preserving and archiving country music for current and future generations. For more information about the Community Counts program, visit: countrymusichalloffame. org/CommunityCounts.