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MNPS and CMA Foundation Advance Partnership with New Investment and Long-Term Strategy

CMA Foundation Commits $320,000 for Music Education at Metro Schools in 2019; Brings Total Investment to Over $12 Million

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – (January 25, 2019) – The CMA Foundation is continuing its longstanding commitment to Metro Nashville Public Schools by investing more than $320,000 to support initiatives aimed at ensuring the success of music teachers and students across the district. Metro Schools is receiving a direct grant award of $205,000 as well as funding for a landmark music needs assessment survey that will help shape the future of music education in Metro Schools.

This investment brings CMA’s support of music teachers and education in Nashville to almost $12 million since 2006 – making it one of the largest local, private investments in the district’s public school system.

“The CMA Foundation is one of our most valuable partners and their funding support helps provide excellence in music education in our schools, in a city known for quality music, and that’s an amazing benefit to our students,” said Dr. Shawn Joseph, MNPS director of schools.

Funds for the 2019 grant award were raised through the CMA’s annual CMA Fest, held in Nashville each June. This grant award will be used to provide side-by-side coaching for music teachers, private lessons for students, and sheet music for choral music programs. The CMA Foundation will also recognize 10 teachers in Metro Schools as one of the Music Teachers of Excellence. Each teacher recognized will receive a $2,500 award and $2,500 will be awarded for each teacher’s school music program.

The CMA Foundation works to enrich music programs across the country, investing over $25 million to ensure all students have access to a quality music program.

“Music education has proven to be an effective and invaluable tool for academic achievement and social development,” said Tiffany Kerns, executive director, CMA Foundation. “Now, more than ever, we need to invest in our young people to be the creative, collaborative, free-thinking future our country needs. Through the power of music, we are able to come together and ensure all students have access to music education and our administrators have the support they need to cultivate a thriving program in their community.”

Kerns added, “Expanding our partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools and working collaboratively on building a strong strategy for sustainability allows us to not just support those in our own backyard, but also help develop a strong model for resources and giving that can be mirrored across the country in our giving and impact.” -More- Page 2 of 2 CMA Foundation Advances Partnership with MNPS

“We deeply appreciate the ongoing support and partnership of the CMA Foundation and all of its investors in providing transformational learning opportunities for our music students and teachers,” said Jeff Smith, MNPS director of visual and performing arts. “The CMA Foundation staff and board are true partners in this work and together we are ensuring equity, access and excellence in music education for students throughout Nashville.”


METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 85,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.

CMA FOUNDATION Established in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation is committed to improving and sustaining music education programs across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music education. Through strategic partnerships, professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested more than $25 million across the national public school system, after-school programs, summer camps and community outreach organizations. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, the proceeds from the CMA Fest, the four-day long music festival held annually in Nashville, are used to power the CMA Foundation’s social impact and unique model of giving. For more information, visit CMAfoundation.org