The CMA Foundation has elected former Governor Mike Huckabee and RCA Records Nashville recording artist Chris Young to join its 12-member board of directors. Established as the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation is committed to improving and sustaining music education programs all across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music education.
“As an organization we’ve been able to build a model of giving that is unique and innovative to the field, but most importantly, that model has been the catalyst for creating real impact in music classrooms and programs across the country,” said Joe Galante, Chairman of the CMA Foundation. “As we continue to advance social change, it’s incredibly important to continue expanding our executive board of directors with dynamic leaders.”
He added, “Governor Huckabee led an impressive administration while serving the state of Arkansas and his policy experience with education reform is something we are fortunate to be able to learn from.”
Additionally, “Chris Young, a product of music education, brings a strong voice both on and off the stage eager to drive our agenda forward with new ideas and a strategic vision making him an industrious addition to our board.”
Through strategic partnerships, professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested over $20 million in 84 programs across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps and with community outreach organizations. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, proceeds from the annual CMA Fest are used to drive the CMA Foundation’s social impact and unique model of giving.
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