Chevy, CMA Boost Music Education

(kneeling, l-r) Notes For Notes participants Will Flores and Cameron Cassel; (row 2, l-r) Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer; Joe Galante, CMA Foundation Board Chairman; Julian Lee, Notes For Notes Director of M.A.T.H; Jen Hodges and Mary-Grace Williams, Notes for Notes participating students; Damon Whiteside, CMA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships; Mike Weidman, Chevrolet National Promotions Manager. (back row, l-r) Jarrad James; Rod Hare, Co-Founder and Board Chairman of Notes For Notes; Jayda Carlton and Sentwuan Gooch, Notes For Notes; Phillip Gilley, Co-Founder and CEO of Notes For Notes; Mike Slay, Notes For Notes participating student.

Pictured (kneeling, L-R): Notes For Notes participants Will Flores and Cameron Cassel; (row 2, L-R): Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer; Joe Galante, CMA Foundation Board Chairman; Julian Lee, Notes For Notes Dir. of M.A.T.H; Jen Hodges and Mary-Grace Williams, Notes for Notes students; Damon Whiteside, CMA SVP of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships; Mike Weidman, Chevrolet National Promotions Manager. (back row, l-r) Jarrad James; Rod Hare, Co-Founder and Board Chairman of Notes For Notes; Jayda Carlton and Sentwuan Gooch, Notes For Notes; Phillip Gilley, Co-Founder and CEO of Notes For Notes; Mike Slay, Notes For Notes student

Music education is in the spotlight during CMA Awards Week, as the CMA and CMA Foundation announce a partnership with Notes for Notes to help construct music studios in Boys and Girls Club facilities across the U.S. CMA’s longtime partner, Chevrolet, is contributing additional funds to support the construction of a Notes for Notes studio in Detroit, Mich.

The CMA Foundation donated $20,000 to the Nashville Notes for Notes chapter in 2014 and has committed $375,000 to expand the program in 2015 to chapters in Atlanta, Austin, Brooklyn, Detroit, and San Francisco. Chevrolet has committed an additional $25,000 for the auto manufacturer’s hometown, Detroit.

Chevrolet is further supporting music education by highlighting the partnership during The 48th Annual CMA Awards, airing Wednesday, Nov. 5 on ABC.

“The CMA Foundation is beyond excited to launch our first multi-city investment with the Notes for Notes organization,” said Joe Galante, chair of the CMA Foundation Board of Directors. “Just as we did, Chevy saw a tremendous opportunity to support an organization making a difference in their hometown through music education.”

“As we prepare to celebrate our top-notch creative contributors it is important to be mindful of the next generation of musicians, artists, songwriters, and music fans,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Providing these children access to instruments and music professionals to develop their skills and gain an appreciation for music is an important part of our mission.”

To date, the CMA Foundation has awarded more than $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.

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