Garth Brooks Benefit Concerts Raise $10 Million for Nashville
This month, Garth Brooks did everything in his power to help aid the communities surrounding Nashville that were affected by the flooding in May. The country musician organized and performed at nine shows in December at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in order to raise funds for flood relief efforts.
The concerts took place from Dec. 16-22, and Brooks ended up selling 14,000 tickets at a low cost of $25 per ticket. He thus raised a rough total of $3 million for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the communities affected by the floods. However, these figures are based purely on ticket sales. According to the Nashville Business Journal, as reported by CMT, the actual amount of money raised from the concerts estimates to around $10 million, due to hotel bookings and other tourist activities.
These shows were even more special since they marked Brooks' first set of full-length live performances since 2008. Brooks also hasn't played a full-length show in Nashville since 1998. Trisha Yearwood, who has been married to Brooks since Dec. 2005, joined her husband on stage for the nine performances.
"We decided to do the show the day we saw the footage of the floods," Brooks said in an October press conference in Nashville. "We're lucky to have a dual residency, so you're talking to a guy that's from here, but saw it from outside. As doubly painful as it was to watch it from outside, now you're doubly proud to get to help."