Songwriters Join CMA Foundation In Washington For Music Education Advocacy

Country Music Association Foundation and the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM) in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Members made the rounds visiting their members of Congress. (Photo / Rod Lamkey Jr./CMA)

Jim Beavers, Drake White, Heather Morgan, and LOCASH joined CMA Foundation representatives in Washington Wednesday (5/24) and took their songs to the Hill to help advocate for music education initiatives. The four performed for elected officials during the annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Fly-In.

After a full day of meetings, the four also participated in the CMA Songwriters Series at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for special attendees including Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05), NAMM leadership, and representatives from the Washington Post, ESPN, PBS, and others. The Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts Program is a 2017 CMA Foundation grant recipient.

The CMA Songwriters Series first debuted in Washington at the Library of Congress in 2010 and has presented six shows in D.C.

Country Music Association Foundation and the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM) in the on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo / Rod Lamkey Jr./CMA)

Country Music Association CEO Sarah Trahern, Preston Trust & Chris Lucas of LoCash, Drake White, Jim Beavers, Heather Morgan, and National Association of Music Merchants Joe Lamond pose for a photo during the CMA Songwriters Series at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for NAMM)

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