Dedicated to enhancing lives, with a focus on children, through the beauty of giving music and music instruments. FTMUSA recognizes that music expresses many things and has many effects: it can be a refuge, a healer, a gift, a friend, a passion, a tear, a smile and more. Music belongs to everyone and FTMUSA believes every child should have the opportunity to explore the music inside oneself and helps put instruments in the hands of those who cannot afford them on their own.

Established in 2014, with a vision to collect used instruments and recycle them by giving them to children and teens in need, FTMUSA also will also make spontaneous and varied donations throughout the year.


When Jerrod Niemann became a Back Seat Buckers Celebrity Stock Contractor in January, he aptly named the bull he selected “High Noon” after his third major album, which was released in March of this year and became hugely successful, garnering the artist's second No.1 hit single, "Drink To That All Night." High Noon has now lived up to the success of his namesake, winning the 2014 Back Seat Buckers grand prize and $100,000 in prize money at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Earlier this year, High Noon also won $2,250 after placing 4th/5th in the Springfield Invitational. As Niemann announced earlier this year, he will be donating all the bull’s earnings to his nonprofit, Free the Music USA (FTMUSA), an organization dedicated to supporting music education collecting used instruments for children and teens in need, named for his 2012 album, Free The Music.  

“I'm still smiling thinking about the amazing news,” says Niemann. “When teaming up with my friends at Back Seat Buckers to purchase a bull to compete in rodeos for charity, I was very excited. I was hoping we'd be able to get in there with High Noon and raise some funds for children and their opportunities to have music as a steady part of their lives, but I didn't realize we could be blessed enough to do so well. A huge thanks to Scott Accomazzo and everyone else at the Ace of Spades Ranch in Stepenville, Texas for their hard work with High Noon.”   

Back Seat Buckers (BSB) is the turnkey bull ownership program created by PBR and ABBI. It allows anyone to become a stock contractor and provides complete care, housing and training for bulls during their first year of ABBI competition. Niemann joins an impressive line of past celebrity bull owners, including Jared Allen, John Elway, Boomer Esiason, Wayne Gretzky and Reggie Jackson.




Jerrod Niemann and fiancée Morgan Petek will tie the knot next month in cliffside ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and they want to make sure their friends and family know they don't need champagne glasses, picture frames or monogrammed towels as gifts. 

"In lieu of a traditional wedding registry, we are asking for donations to be made to benefit Free the Music USA," the couple says in a statement to PEOPLE. 

"Philanthropy has been a cornerstone of our relationship since the beginning," they continue. "In the past, we have been blessed to team up with our friends at , Rising Star OutreachPS22 Chorus, Refugee and Immigrant Students Empowered and Songs for Sound to enrich the lives of young people. We can't think of a better way to honor our upcoming nuptials than to combine the two things that we love the most: music and helping others." 

In fact, Niemann says his bride-to-be's passion for helping people is one of the things he loves most about her. "It's so funny, the little things we can all get upset about," the singer tells PEOPLE. "That's why it's just really cool to see somebody that really thinks of others and wants to make people happy." 

And since the couple, who have been together since 2005, is all about helping kids, does that mean they'll have a few of their own someday? 

"We'd love to have a family," says Niemann. "Starting a family and making her my wife – that's all part of the deal!" 


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Country Star and Back Seat Buckers Stock Contractor Announces Proceeds From His Bull Will Benefit Free The Music USA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Monday, March 31, 2014) –  Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville hitmaker Jerrod Niemann has unveiled his new nonprofit charity, Free The Music USA (FTMUSA), dedicated to collecting used instruments and giving them to children in need. Born out of his deeply rooted belief that every child deserves the opportunity to explore music within themselves, Niemann set out to help place instruments in the hands of children who could not otherwise afford them. FTMUSA will also make spontaneous and varied donations to music based charities throughout the year.

FTMUSA is partnering with Songs for Sound, a Nashville-based charity dedicated to assisting the profoundly deaf through awareness and providing resources for cochlear implants and rehabilitation. Songs for Sound and FTMUSA have partnered with the Academy of Country Music to give three recent recipients of cochlear implants a trip to the 2014 ACM Awards in Las Vegas to meet Niemann and hear him perform at the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause® Festival on April 5 at The LINQ.

Newly appointed FTMUSA board member Shannon Shryne shares, “Jerrod's passion for helping people is just as strong as his passion for creating great music.  Free the Music USA will harness that philanthropic energy and truly make a difference in so many ways.  The possibilities are extraordinary and we’re excited to get started!"

After becoming a stock contractor with Back Seat Buckers, the official bull ownership program of PBR (Professional Bull Riders) and ABBI (American Bucking Bull Inc.) in January, Niemann selected his bull earlier this month on March 1, at AT&T Stadium. He has named his Back Seat Buckers bull “High Noon” after his new album, released last week on March 25, and will be donating any money his bull wins to FTMUSA. The winning Back Seat Buckers bull will earn over $100,000 in 2014. 

In celebration of the album’s release last week, Niemann performed High Noon’s Top-5-and-climbing debut single, "Drink To That All Night" on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and on NBC’s Today show. High Noon marks the follow-up to Niemann’s acclaimed, musically adventurous 2012 release, Free the Music.  Niemann’s chart-topping major-label debut, 2010’s Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, produced the #1 smash and RIAA-certified Platinum digital single, “Lover, Lover,” and the Top 5 and RIAA-certified Gold digital single, “What Do You Want.”

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