CMA FOUNDATION DONATES $125,000 TO NYC-BASED EDUCATION THROUGH MUSIC
NASHVILLE – The CMA Foundation donated $125,000 to benefit music education programs for New York City’s public school students through a partnership with Education Through Music (ETM), a non-profit provider of music education to NYC schools. The presentation of the grant was made today during a press conference at the Best Buy Theater in New York to announce the final nominees for “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.”
“This is our second grant to Education Through Music and we were delighted to make the announcement in New York and involve the students who are direct beneficiaries of this important initiative,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “This program changes lives and we are proud to support a cause that brings music education to the students who need it most.”
“Education Through Music is thrilled to partner with the CMA Foundation to bring music as a core subject to all children,” said Katherine Damkohler, Executive Director of Education Through Music. “CMA is the perfect partner to help ensure every child receives a quality education, which includes music education.”
The CMA Foundation grant is supporting the full NYC school partner program: direct instruction to kids; training and professional development for music teachers, classroom teachers, school staff, and principals; program evaluation; and materials and supplies for music classrooms.
Education Through Music (ETM) partners with inner-city schools to provide all students with music as a core subject, and to create school communities that value the arts. ETM’s mission is to promote the use of music in schools as a means of enhancing students’ academic performance and general development. In the upcoming school year, ETM will serve 20,000 students and 40 teachers in 38 inner-city schools in New York City, and their model reaches another 8,000 children through the work of their licensed affiliate organization in Los Angeles. For more information please visit ETMonline.org.
In 2012, CMA donated $20,000 to launch a new music program at P.S. 103, the Hector Fontanez School in the Bronx. Students from the elementary school performed at the 2013 CMA Awards nominee press conference and this year, students from ETM-partner schools performed “Wagon Wheel” for Darius Rucker, who hosted the press conference with Little Big Town.
To date, the CMA Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million to organizations that support music education across the United States. The funds are donated on behalf of the artists who support CMA Music Festival each June, meeting fans and performing for free.
“This program wouldn’t even exist without the Country Music artists who make this gift possible,” said Trahern. “With the right tools and instruction from these music educators, we’ve witnessed firsthand the impact of the Keep the Music Playing program on students’ success. A thriving music education program is an investment in the future and provides important motivation to keep children engaged in school.”
CMA created the nonprofit (501C3) CMA Foundation in 2011. The Foundation exists to provide financial support to worthwhile causes that are important to CMA and the Country Music community. The group places special emphasis on serving the needs of CMA’s core constituents and nonprofit organizations with initiatives that preserve the legacy of the format, support music education, and respond to other needs identified by CMA.