The CMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, has announced Jimmie Allen as the Unified Voices for Music Education (UVfME) Artist Ambassador for the month of December. As this month’s Artist Ambassador, Allen will participate in a variety of virtual activities, using his unique musical experience to share the organization’s awareness and advocacy efforts in support of music educators, students and parents as they continue to encounter challenges due to the impact of COVID-19.
Allen is the second artist to participate as a Unified Voices for Music Education Artist Ambassador. CMA Award-winning artist Ashley McBryde served as the inaugural Artist Ambassador throughout November, meeting virtually with music educators to discuss obstacles they are currently facing and sharing how music education led to her career in country music. As an Artist Ambassador, McBryde also created a music lesson on building the major scale for teachers and students to utilize in both their in-person and virtual classrooms. To watch the webinar discussion and music lesson visit the CMA Foundation’s YouTube channel.
“We are excited to have Jimmie as the CMA Foundation’s December Unified Voices for Music Education Artist Ambassador,” says CMA Foundation Executive Director, Tiffany Kerns. “For many artists, like Jimmie, music has played a significant role in their lives. Whether making music, performing, or purely listening for enjoyment—it is something they cannot live without. Because of this, artists are incredible advocates for ensuring music has a place in a student’s well-rounded education. We look forward to amplifying Jimmie’s voice on behalf of students and teachers everywhere.”
“Music played such a huge role in my life growing up and I can’t imagine my childhood without it,” says Allen. “I have learned so many life skills through music. I’m looking forward to getting involved with the CMA Foundation’s Unified Voices for Music Education program and sharing the impact that music has had on my life with students across the country.”