CMA Donates $1 Million To HOF Program, Presents Galante With President's Award
September 25, 2008 at 10:09 AM (PT)
The CMA (COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION) has donated $1 million to the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM's "WORDS & MUSIC" program. It is "one of eight educational programs that the MUSEUM currently offers to area schools, designed to assist language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction in the basics of writing song lyrics."
The announcement came at a reception held last night (9/24) at the HALL OF FAME, where the CMA also honored longtime leader ED BENSON. BENSON, the former Executive Director for the CMA, recently retired after 29 years with the organization.
In the last decade (not counting the new donations), the CMA has given $3.7 million to the HALL OF FAME and its programs. For more info visit www.cmaworld.com.
In other CMA news, President RANDY GOODMAN surprised longtime CMA Board member and SONY BMG/NASHVILLE Chairman JOE GALANTE with the CMA "President's Award" at their Board of Director's meeting today (9/25). GALANTE has served nearly 25 years on the CMA Board and is one of its longest-tenured members.
GOODMAN (who is also President of LYRIC STREET RECORDS) said: "JOE's contributions to CMA have been numerous over the years, but I wanted to honor him now for a specific initiative he has led during the past year at CMA that will be a benefit to our membership. JOE has paved the way for CMA to evolve its services, creating a marketing research department that can provide information and insightful analysis for our members."