Education Through Music Honors CMA Foundation Chairman Joe Galante

Pictured (L-R): Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, Kix Brooks, Brad Warren, Joe Galante, Randy Owen, and Brett Warren. Photo: Simon Leung

CMA Foundation Chairman Joe Galante was honored by Education Through Music at its Children’s Benefit Gala on Monday (June 25) at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Galante was recognized for the impact on the music industry not only in New York City but on a national level he’s made through his involvement with the CMA Foundation.

The CMA Foundation first began working with ETM in 2012, helping to outfit P.S. 103 in the Bronx with songbooks, recorders, keyboards and xylophones. The CMA Foundation has since invested over a million dollars in ETM, providing much needed music resources as well as helping put music teachers back into classrooms throughout New York City schools.

The ETM Children’s Benefit Gala was hosted by Brooks & Dunn’s Kix Brooks, with featured performances by special guests Randy Owen of Alabama and The Warren Brothers in addition to ETM partner school students. More than 400 supporters attended the event to raise funds for music education programs in New York City.

CMA and CMA Foundation board members in attendance included Tony Conway, Jim Free, Lon Helton, Ron Samuels, and Jennie Smythe, in addition to CMA Executive Producer Robert Deaton.

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