CMA Donates Record $2.9 Million For Music Education & Flood Relief
October 7, 2010 at 6:27 AM (PT)
The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) has donated all net proceeds, a record $2,924,936, from the 2010 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL to support music education and air flood relief in METRO NASHVILLE. The announcement was made YESTERDAY (10/6) by CMA Board member KIX BROOKS at the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM, which sustained damage in the MAY flood.
BROOKS said, “When we started this program several years ago, the success of the [CMA] MUSIC FESTIVAL itself and the opportunity to have an ongoing contribution to aid in the music programs of our local schools, was just a dream – today we have a reality that’s has far exceeded our imaginations. It’s working and I can’t thank my fellow artists and all the other CMA volunteers enough. Considering the year our community has had, the faithful support from the fans of Country music could not have come at better time. Big time thanks to everyone!”
CMA CEO STEVE MOORE added, “Every cent of the net proceeds from CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL is going right back into this community to support causes important to everyone in the industry – music education and aiding recovery in the aftermath of the floods. We are thrilled to make a donation of this size and we have confidence that the funds will be put to immediate and good use reaching the hands of the people who need it most.”
The donation will be split evenly between CMA’s “Keep the Music Playing” campaign and The COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE. With today’s announcement, CMA has contributed $4,774,521 to support music education in public schools.
This money has been used to build music labs and purchase nearly 4,000 instruments in METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS through a partnership with the NASHVILLE ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION. The total also includes an annual endowment gift for the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM’S “Words & Music” program, which assists language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction in the basics of songwriting.
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