Apply now for 2020, and perform where the stars perform recording 2020's holiday benefit album of the year.



"Hope for the Holidays is the perfect combination of arts education, performance opportunity, and volunteerism. Not only will the students learn so much about the music industry by experiencing the incredible Ocean Way Recording Studios with true professionals, but they will also learn valuable life lessons about what music can do to help others." 

- Jacque Carnahan, Artistic Director

2019 Highlight Video

It was a day that exceeded everyone's expectations. Hundreds of students from around the nation to record a holiday album in Nashville to benefit Wounded Warrior Project. Check out our highlight reel and get involved in 2020. Spots are limited and they will go fast!


Students tour Music City seeing all the iconic sites including the Grand Ole Opry, Riman auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and more. Groups perform in Opry Plaza and share the studio with music industry greats to record an album to benefit those who fought for our freedom. 100% of the album sales will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project.

Touring and Performing for Good


Ocean Way Recording Studios

Joining Hope for the Holidays means you will be recording a professional album in the heart of Nashville’s famous Music Row at Ocean Way Recording Studios. Some of the biggest hits of our time were recorded here by artists including Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley, Train, Beyoncé, Toby Keith, Kristen Chenoweth, Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Wilson Phillips, Sara Evans, Amy Grant, Paul Simon, Blake Shelton, No Doubt, and MORE!


Wounded Warrior Project

Did you know that more than 52,000 warriors have returned home physically wounded from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts? If you think that's a big number, consider the 400,000 that have returned with wounds we cannot see. WWP's vision is to foster the most successful and well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. WWP Programs include peer engagement, mental health, physical health and wellness, and economic empowerment. From resume writing, adaptive cycling, financial education, peer groups and events, and assistance with VA benefits, WWP caters to the wounds and needs of this generation of warriors.


Sal Gonzalez: United States Marine Corps

Sal proudly served in the United States Marine Corps as a machine gunner and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. Sal currently makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, where he writes and performs music. Because of his musical talents, Sal has recently appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and “Nashville.” He also recently performed with Keith Urban. Sal continues to serve his fellow warriors by sharing his story and introducing them to Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that was central to his recovery.

2019's Special Guest Performers

Ryan Kinder: Rolling Stone

"Country Artist You Need To Know"

Just off his 14-city headline tour, and with over 30+ million streams, Rolling Stone's "Country Artist You Need To Know," Ryan Kinder, is staking his claim in the country music spotlight. Known for his raw and real talent, Kinder is an exciting addition to the Hope for the Holidays lineup. Kinder's golden voice and masterful guitar skills will be paired in studio with an all guitar high school group from Texas. It will undoubtedly be a powerful recording session and a track you'll want to play over and over again on the album. Hear more of Ryan Kinder at

How to apply

Download the application form below and email the completed form to 

Apply now! Space is limited.













  • Arrive in Nashville
  • Explore the original (and the only music themed) Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
  • Backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry
  • Workshop/Master class with professional musician
  • Visit a life-size replica of the Parthenon in Athens 
  • Record a professional album alongside music industry greats in a major Nashville recording studio (Ocean Way, Black River, Blackbird, Sound Emporium).
  • Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame

Hope for the Holidays Trip Itinerary

February 13 - 16, 2020

  • Tour of the famous RCA Studio B
  • Visit the Johnny Cash Museum
  • Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar
  • Depart on your trip home

Christina Stan, Music Director

"ETA performance programs are the best programs out there. They are thoughtfully planned with enough time for education, down time, and fun. We enjoy working with their staff because they are flexible to our needs and last minute requests!"

Elaine, High School Teacher

"Everything is so well planned out, well-paced, and working/traveling with ETA is something to which we look forward every year. They are always so flexible, accommodating and easy to work with. We love them!!"

Jan, High School Teacher

“The trip widened his view of the world and his confidence in himself. The range of activities was great, and he came home a couple inches taller than he left (maybe literally!).”

What teachers are saying

ETA is an active member of the following organizations, all industry associations of professional tour companies committed to excellence.