Save the Music Honoring Country Songwriters as Champions of the Year

The Hometown to Hometown event will raise money for music education in underserved high schools.

Written by Chris Parton
Save the Music Honoring Country Songwriters as Champions of the Year
Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman; Photos courtesy of CMT

Hit country songwriters Ross Copperman and Nicolle Galyon are set to be honored by Save the Music and in the first ever Hometown to Hometown event, raising money for music education in high schools across the nation.

Planned for February 13, the event will bestow both songsmiths with the title of 2020 Champion of the Year, and is meant to “rally the Nashville songwriting and producing community together, with all proceeds benefiting new music technology programs in public high schools locally and across the country.”

Hosted by CMT’s Leslie Fram, the night of music and revelry will highlight the Grammy-nominated writers behind hits like “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” “Woman, Amen” (Copperman), “Automatic,” “Tequila” (Galyon) and more.

“Ross and Nicolle are genuine champions for music education who have been giving back to their hometown music programs for years,” said Save the Music Executive Director Henry Donahue. “Starting with our first meeting with Ross and in Nashville, it was a no-brainer to join forces to bring the power of the songwriting and music production labs to more students and schools. We’ve had such a strong positive response from the community here in Nashville, that we think this event could be the first of many!”

All proceeds raised during the event will benefit underserved high schools in Nashville, as well as the honorees’ hometowns in Virginia and Kansas, helping to fund new music technology programs.