CMA to fund expansion of relief kitchen for touring professionals

Posted at 11:50 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 09:45:47-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Country Music Association announced that it’s partnering with a nonprofit organization that's helping behind-the-scenes crew members of the music industry during the pandemic.

CMA officials announced its partnership with Touring Professionals Alliance on Monday, saying it’s funding the expansion of the Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen program, which helps provide chef-driven meals to live music professionals within the community.

CMA said beginning Wednesday, the kitchen will operate once a week through Wednesday, March 24 in Nashville.

“COVID devastated the live music touring industry and put thousands of professionals out of work almost overnight. The Touring Professionals Alliance came together to aid our work families who are struggling,” says Jerome Crooks, Touring Professionals Alliance Co-Founder and tour manager for bands such as NIN, Tool and Soundgarden. “We are beyond grateful to the CMA for their generous donation of funds and resources that allow us to provide a measure of relief to help our brothers and sisters in need.”

Some of the participating restaurants include Audrey, which is helmed by Chef Sean Brock, and Chaatable, which is helmed by Chef Maneet Chauhan.

Music industry professionals who are interested in receiving a meal through the program must register in advance here. You can donate to the Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen here. Click here for more CMA/COVID-19 resources.

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