Industry Ink: CMA Foundation, Behind The Boards, WFUV

CMA Foundation Aligns With Organizations For Arts Support

The CMA Foundation has lent its voice to support the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and 53 national organizations in a unified statement that advocates for an arts education for all students.

“It is crucial that we prioritize music and arts education in school curriculums,” says Tiffany Kerns, CMA Foundation Executive Director and CMA Vice President, Community Outreach. “More than ever before, music is providing inspiration and support to carry students, teachers and parents through the immense uncertainty we’re experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It comes as no surprise that music is thriving in virtual learning settings. It is imperative to recognize the importance of arts education and its impact on the development of youth during this time, so that students around the country can be provided with the well-rounded education they deserve.”


Behind The Boards Reveals Producer Magic

A new book Behind the Boards: Nashville by biographer Jake Brown pulls back the curtain on the Music Row hit-making machine and the producers who create the music. The book explores the in-depth relationships between artists and producers while revealing the compelling stories behind some of the biggest hits to come out of Music City. It invites readers inside for first-hand conversations with some of country’s most successful and legendary producers, including Tony Brown, Dann Huff, Buddy Cannon, Dave Cobb, James Stroud, Nathan Chapman, Shane McAnally, Jim Ed Norman, Joey Moi, Byron Gallimore, Frank Rogers, Frank Liddell, Josh Leo, Bobby Braddock, Ray Baker, and many others. Behind the Boards: Nashville will hit store shelves June 23 and is available for pre-order at


WFUV Hosts Online Gender Equality Discussion

WFUV Public Media in New York is helping fight gender disparity in the music industry by rolling out the new EQFM initiative, striving toward a goal of 50 percent representation of women and gender minorities in its music programming, events and online features. To kick off the new initiative, WFUV is hosting an online panel discussion on June 2 at 7 p.m. ET on the subject of gender equality within the music and radio industries. Moderated by WNYC’s Julianne Welby, panelists include WFUV Program Director Rita Houston, CMT’s Sr. VP of Music Strategy Leslie Fram, NPR Music correspondent Ann Powers, music critic Alan Light, critically-acclaimed artist Amanda Shires and Margi Cheske, President of Fantasy Records.

As part of the EQFM initiative, which was partly inspired by CMT’s recent Equal Play initiative, WFUV is launching an on-air and online series that celebrates important, influential albums by women artists, while promoting the expertise of their female DJs and staffers. WFUV will also keep an even closer eye on equality when planning FUV Live concerts and sessions, Holiday Cheer for FUV, the WFUV High Line Bash and festival coverage.


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Hollabaugh, a staff writer at MusicRow magazine, has written for publications including American Profile, CMA Close Up, Nashville Arts And Entertainment, The Boot and Country Weekly. She has a Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communication degree from Texas Christian University, (go Horned Frogs), and welcomes your feedback or story ideas at [email protected]

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