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"When I first learned about ACM Lifting Lives a few years ago, I immediately asked to be a part of this amazing organization," says Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman. "Lifting Lives seeks out needs and takes care of people. They work hard at giving both children and adults comfort, contentment and happiness. We are so honored and excited to be a part of the very special Lifting Lives moment to end child hunger on the ACM Awards. We can't wait!"
ACM Lifting Lives is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music. The organization is dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Among the services they provide are grants to music therapy and music education programs and assisting members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship. This year's ACM Lifting Lives award-show presentation with Little Big Town marks the fourth consecutive year during which a performance has been used to highlight worthy causes and provide support on behalf of their beneficiaries. Since 2009, the ACM Lifting Lives on-stage moment has raised over $200,000 for designated charities. Downloads and direct donations of Toby Keith's performance on the 45th annual telecast, and Darius Rucker's performance on the 46th annual telecast raised funds and awareness for Stand Up to Cancer and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center respectively.
'Here's Hope' was penned by Hunter Hayes, Luke Laird and Barry Dean to inspire consumers to join the fight against child hunger.
"What I didn't realize -- and what most people may not know -- is that child hunger is not a faraway problem; it's a problem right here in our own backyards," says Hunter. "The good news though is that this is a problem we can all help solve together. My hope is that through music, we can inspire people to get involved and finally put an end to child hunger in our country."
The Child Hunger Ends Here website features three versions of 'Here's Hope' available for download, including one by Jewel.
"There are 16 million who don't know where their next meal is coming from," Jewel tells The Boot. "It's not homeless kids. It's not kids whose parents don't have jobs. It's families that are really struggling with the economy and having to choose between the medication they need or groceries they need over the weekend."
The 47th Annual ACMusic Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.