June 2011 was the First Annual Music City Gives Back Concert.
As a way to say thanks to individuals, communities, organizations and volunteers that pulled together to rebuild downtown Nashville after the devastating flood in May, Rodney Atkins and friends performed for a crowd of 8,000 on lower Broadway. Donations and cash contributions were collected on site by the Red Cross.
Based on the success of 2011 and a partnership with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rodney Atkins and friends returned to downtown Nashville for the second annual concert for crowd of 10,000 in June 2012.
In June 2013, Rodney returned as host and firmly established Music City Gives Back as an annual event and fan favorite. The CMA welcomed Music City Gives Back inside the CMA footprint on Broadway in 2014 for another successful show.
June 2015 was the 5th annual Music City Gives Back show. Located on Broadway with an estimated attendance of over 14,000 the event stretched the services that the city of Nashville could provide on Broadway. After working closely with CMA and Metro officials, Music City Gives Back was relocated off Broadway to 5th and Demonbreun for 2016, the same year it officially became a CMA sanctioned event.
June 2017 delivered the Predators as contender for the NHL Championship, during CMA Music Fest week. Music City Gives Back was asked by the city, to be the official pre-game show for the Monday night Predators win and advance to 7 game series. Back on Broadway, MCGB estimated crowd was 25,000.