Athletes & Artists Play for Kids Charity Weekend celebrated current country hits, combining song and sport to support arts education and girls’ empowerment, and featured the fifth annual “Nashville’s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark” VIP charity event, two Orioles home games, and free community workshops for local youth.
A portion of proceeds from the weekend’s events benefited the Orioles Charitable Foundation’s Music & Arts Education Scholarship, which was created in 2019 to support deserving students and programs in Baltimore, Sarasota, and Nashville. Past beneficiaries include the Music Health Alliance, Sarasota YMCA, Library Foundation for Sarasota County, and Girls, Inc.
Charitable funds raised during the Athletes & Artists Play for Kids fundraiser held the evening before the historic, first-ever concert at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which featured Billy Joel, resulted in community grants awarded to Jubilee Arts and Baltimore School for the Arts.
Special thanks to performers Yesterday’s Wine (featuring Wyatt Durrette and Levi Lowery) and Queen V and special guests Hall of Famers/Orioles Legends Brooks Robinson and Eddie Murray, as well as Orioles prospects DL Hall, Cadyn Grenier, and Blaine Knight for helping make the event such a memorable evening.
Award-winning Nashville songwriters and musicians joined Orioles athletes to support arts education and girls empowerment during the fourth annual "Athletes & Artists Play for Kids" charity weekend. Held at Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles' Florida training complex, the weekend featured a "Nashville's Music Row Comes to the Ballpark" charity benefit, two Orioles Spring Training games, an artist workshop for local youth, and an on-field performance from Country music rising superstar and 11-time No. 1 singer/songwriter COLE SWINDELL.
"It was an incredible weekend celebrating the power of song and sport to inspire and bring people together," said Orioles Executive Vice President JOHN ANGELOS. "We were thrilled to see music fans enjoy the creativity of award-winning Nashville artists as we raised funds to support new arts education scholarships for deserving students."
COLE SWINDELL ACM Award Winning and GRAMMY Nominated Country Artist
"Break Up in the End," "Middle of a Memory" and "You Should Be Here"
DESMOND CHILD Nashville Hall-of-Fame and GRAMMY Winning Songwriter
Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" and "You Give Love A Bad Name," KISS's "I Was Made For Lovin' You," Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like A Lady," Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca," Katy Perry's "Waking Up In Vegas"
BOB DIPIERO Nashville Hall-of-Fame Songwriter and BMI ICON
Reba McEntire's "Till You Love Me" and "Little Rock," Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice," Faith Hill's "Take Me As I Am," George Strait's "Blue Clear Sky," Vince Gill's "Worlds Apart," Montgomery Gentry's "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," Academy and Golden Globe Award Nominated Best Original Song in a Motion Picture Country Strong's "Coming Home"
LIZ ROSE GRAMMY and CMA Award-Winning Songwriter
Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," Taylor Swift's "White Horse," "You Belong with Me," "Fearless," "Picture to Burn," and "Teardrops on My Guitar," Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl," Raelynn's "God Made Girls"
THE WARRENS BROTHERS GRAMMY Nominated and CMA Award-Winning Country Songwriting Duo
Tim McGraw's "If You're Reading This," "Felt Good on My Lips" and "Highway Don't Care," Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup," Keith Urban's "Little Bit of Everything," Faith Hill "The Lucky One," Dierks Bentley's "Feel That Fire," Martina McBride's "Anyway" and "Wrong Baby Wrong"
LEE THOMAS MILLER GRAMMY Nominated and CMA Award-Winning Songwriter
Brad Paisley's "The World", "I'm Still a Guy", "Perfect Storm" and "Crushin' it," Garth Brooks's "People Loving People," Tim McGraw's "Nothin' to Die For" and "Southern Girl," Trace Adkins's "You're Gonna Miss This," Osborne's "It Ain't My Fault," Chris Stapleton's "Whiskey and You"
MATT MCGINN Nashville Multi-Platinum and SESAC Award-Winning Songwriter
Marshmello & Kane Brown's "One Right Thing," Brown's "Heaven" and "What Ifs"
RYAN BEAVER SMACKSongs Singer/Songwriter
Ryan Hurd ("Platonic"), Steve Moakler ("Breaking New Ground"), HARDY ("4X4"), and Ashley Monroe ("Mother's Daughter")
MACKENZIE PORTER Nashville Country Artist and Actor
"These Days," "About You," "Drive Thru"
JUSTIN WILSON Billboard Country No. 1 Hits Songwriter
Michael Ray's "Kiss You in the Morning," Randy Houser's "We Went"
JESSE LEE Billboard Country No. 1 Hits Songwriter
Kelsea Ballerini's "Peter Pan," Brett Young's "Like I Loved You"
TINA PAROL Disney Music Group Songwriter
"Better Life," "Who's Got Your Money," Britney Spear's "Rock Girl," Jamie Lynn Spear's "Sleepover," Dallas Smith's "Cheap Seats"
LAURA VELTZ Billboard Country No. 1 Hits Songwriter
Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night,” Chris Young’s “Lonely Eyes,” Maren Morris’s “The Bones,” “A Song for Everything,” “Rich,” and “I Could Use A Love Song,” Dan + Shay’s “Speechless,” Lady Antebellum “What If I Never Get Over You”
With the 2020 Orioles and Nashville's Music Row Comes to the Ballpark is part of the Orioles' Arts in the Ballpark event series and Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and Orioles Charitable Foundation demonstrate the ballclub's year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. A recent independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $89 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. By marketing Sarasota to fans in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating a year-round athletic training facility, producing entertainment and sporting events, partnering with charitable causes, and hosting and often subsidizing youth sports tournaments and activities, the Orioles demonstrate an abiding commitment to their Florida home that goes far beyond baseball. For more information, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.