CMA Foundation Donates $1.2 Million To Keep The Music Playing Music Education Program
February 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM (PT)
The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) FOUNDATION has recently donated $1.2 Million to METRO NASHVILLE Public Schools' music education programs, benefitting over 81,000 students. The donation was from the 2012 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL and was made possible through the KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING education program campaign at the SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th. The donation was made prior to the Fourth Annual CMA KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING ALL STARS CONCERT, which is a concert honoring the best student performance groups from the METRO Schools.
This donation raises CMA's KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING support to more than $6.5 Million. The money has been used to build music labs and purchase instruments for all 144 METRO NASHVILLE Public Schools through a partnership with the NASHVILLE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION.
“Providing instruments for every METRO school is a tremendous accomplishment,” said CMA CEO STEVE MOORE. “When we started this program in 2006, instruments in METRO band programs were more than 30 years old – if they were lucky enough to have them at all. Seeing what this program has accomplished on behalf of our artists is extremely gratifying. KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING is making a difference by helping to make quality music education a reality for our children.”
MERCURY NASHVILLE artist SCOTTY McCREERY hosted the ALL STARS CONCERT and was present for the donation announcement.
“When I was in high school in NORTH CAROLINA, I was very involved in the school’s music program which provided the foundation that inspired my music career today,” said McCREERY. “And as a proud performer at the past two CMA MUSIC FESTIVALS, it’s an honor to represent CMA’s KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING, a program that gives back to schools in such a big way. Hosting the ALL STARS CONCERT and performing with the students of SYLVAN PARK ELEMENTARY has been an unforgettable experience, and I’m glad I was able to share the stage with such talented young people.”
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