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COUNTRY music star Vince Gill is to to receive the Humanitarian Award and The Oak Ridge Boys will receive the Living Legend Award, respectively, during this year's International Entertainment Buyers Association's (ieba) annual conference iebaLIVE!

The 35th iebaLIVE! will be held in Nashville, from October 2-4, 2005 at the Hilton Suites-Downtown Nashville.

Vince was at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville last week and announced a new campaign called "All for the Hall" to help raise funds to help out with the high cost of keeping the Hall of Fame running.

Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich are among the many musicians who are donating proceeds from one of their concerts to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Gill is leading the artist portion of the "All for the Hall" fundraising effort announced last week.

He calls the Hall a "mecca" of all artists' histories.

Following the announcement, Gill performed Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues and Ring of Fire on one of the late singer's guitars - a 1968 Martin which was recently acquired by the Hall of Fame.

The fundraising campaign also will include donations from businesses and private individuals.

Hall officials said the goal is to create a financial safety net and no dollar amount or timetable has been set.

The Hall of Fame opened a new $37 million museum in 2001, near the historic Ryman Auditorium and the honky-tonks district of Lower Broadway, in Nashville.

More than a million people have visited the new facility to date.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 24, 2005
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