CMA Foundation Grant Program Invests $3.5 Million Toward Student Success In 2019

The CMA Foundation announced today that it will invest $3.5 million in financial resources over the course of 2019 to support those working to create positive change in the lives of children through music, bringing total foundation contributions to over $25 million.
The CMA Foundation focuses on five areas of revitalization—youth development through music, in-school music education, professional development for teachers, capacity building and research. Since its inception in 2006, the CMA Foundation has continued their mission to ensure every child has access to a quality music education.
“National trends show us that students who study the arts—specifically music, are more likely to see postsecondary success, however, the research concludes most music education programs are still not properly supported through funding and resources,” said Tiffany Kerns, executive director, CMA Foundation. “Our mission is not just to provide funding for music programs, but to also provide resources and support that can be used to create models for success in establishing and sustaining thriving music education programs in communities across the country.”
In 2018, more than 350 artists performed for free at CMA Fest, allowing ticket proceeds to help fund grants distributed by the CMA Foundation. Those funds have helped enrich programs throughout national public school systems, after school programs, summer camps and community outreach organizations.

A full list of the CMA Foundation’s 2019 grantees can be found here.


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