CMA Foundation Makes 1.4 Million Dollar Donation To Benefit Nashville Schools
February 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM (PT)
The CMA FOUNDATION is donating $1.4 million to benefit music education programs for NASHVILLE's 78,000 public school students from 2011 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL through the KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING campaign. This donation raises CMA's KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING support of music education in public schools from $4.7 million to more than $6.1 million. This money has been used to build music labs and purchase more than 4,000 instruments, and supplies for 80 METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS through a partnership with the NASHVILLE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION.
The $1.4 million donation includes $200,000 for the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM's "WORDS & MUSIC" program, which assists language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction in the basics of songwriting. CMA established a $1 million endowment gift for the program in 2007 with a $200,000 annual gift.
The announcement of donation was made at a reception prior to the third CMA KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING ALL STARS CONCERT at the SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER in NASHVILLE last night (1/31). The concert honors the best elementary, middle, and high school performance groups selected from 133 NASHVILLE schools.
RCA NASHVILLE artist CHRIS YOUNG hosted the concert and was on hand for the donation announcement. YOUNG said, "Music has had such a profound influence in every aspect of my life. I cannot stress how important it is for young people to continue to have the ability to participate in music programs. I'm proud I've had the opportunity to take part in this KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING event."
The 2012 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held JUNE 7th through 10th. For more information on tickets and all the events, visit www.cmafest.com.