The Country Music Association announced yesterday that CMA Fest 2021 has been cancelled due to the pandemic. This is the second year in a row that they needed to cancel.
Now, the CMA has released a letter just to their members sharing details on why they decided to cancel once again as COVID deaths are declining.
CMA President Sarah Trahern told members in a letter, “We are deeply disappointed that yet another summer will pass without seeing so many of you who help bring Country Music to our fans around the world. While we are optimistic with the pace at which COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available, we still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our many artists, crew members and fans together safely for the full CMA Fest experience we know everyone has come to expect.”
Trahern went on to say that the CMA Fest’s large event footprint, which encompasses most of downtown Nashville, and a lengthy production window prohibited the CMA from moving CMA Fest to a later date.
Additionally, capacity restrictions currently in place in Nashville created the possibility not all attendees who held onto their seats after purchasing them for 2020 would be allowed into Nissan Stadium for nightly concerts, if they were to be held. She said, “The last thing we want to do is make a decision that leaves any of our loyal attendees in the dark due to capacity restraints.”
Travel logistics presented another area of concern, since CMA Fest welcomes visitors from all 50 states, and 10 percent of attendees travel from 37 foreign countries. Trahern said, “With domestic and international travel still significantly impacted, we did not want to disappoint our many participants around the globe.”
Tickets purchased for 2020 may still be rolled over to CMA Fest 2022, now scheduled for June 9-12, 2022.