CMA Foundation Announces Donation To W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School
May 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM (PT)
The CMA FOUNDATION is donating $50,000 to benefit summer music education programs for 170 low-income students at the W.O. SMITH NASHVILLE COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL. The donation is part of CMA’s KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING initiative, which supports music education on behalf of the hundreds of artists who perform during CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL for free.
To date, CMA and the CMA FOUNDATION have provided more than $6.1 million to support this important initiative, purchasing more than 4,000 instruments for 80 METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. The figure also includes a $1 million endowment gift to 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.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to bridge the school year by making music education available for these low-income children during the summer,” said Chair of the CMA FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS KITTY MOON EMERY. “Supporting music education is an investment in the future of our city. Statistics demonstrate that students involved in arts programs have higher graduation rates and the benefits of music education translate to their other core curriculum.”
The CMA KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING CAMPS at the W.O. SMITH MUSIC SCHOOL offer an enrichment activity in a positive musical and social environment that many students could not otherwise afford. Four sessions for summer campers are offered including CMA RESIDENT CAMP; CMA CAMP BACKBEAT; and two, week-long day camps for children ages 8 to 11. In total, 170 children receive music training for an average cost of $300 per child.
For more information on the CMA FOUNDATION, visit www.cmaworld.com/info/cma-foundation.