FOR THE SECOND YEAR, THE CMA FOUNDATION DONATES $50,000 TO PROVIDE CHILDREN ACCESS TO SUMMER MUSIC CAMPS AT THE W.O. SMITH NASHVILLE COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL
NASHVILLE – For the second year, The CMA Foundation is donating $50,000 to benefit summer music education programs for low-income students at the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School. The donation is part of CMA’s Keep the Music Playing initiative, which supports music education on behalf of the hundreds of artists who perform for free each year during CMA Music Festival.
To date, CMA and The CMA Foundation have provided more than $7.6 million to support this important initiative, purchasing instruments for all 144 Metro Nashville Public Schools and providing the tools and incentives to help keep students engaged and in school. The figure also includes a $1 million endowment gift to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Words & Music” program, which assists language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction in the basics of songwriting.
“By providing funding for the outstanding summer camp music programs at W.O. Smith, we are able to bridge the school year and keep these deserving students engaged through the summer, so they can further develop their skills as musicians and performers,” said Kitty Moon Emery, Chair of The CMA Foundation Board of Directors.
“W.O. Smith Music School is grateful to the Country Music Association and The CMA Foundation for their continued support of our summer music camps,” said Jonah Rabinowitz, Executive Director of the W.O. Smith School. “CMA is making an incredible difference in the lives of our low-income students. This investment in children’s futures will bear fruit in our community for generations to come.”
The CMA Keep the Music Playing Camps at the W.O. Smith Music School offer enriching activities in a positive musical and social environment that many students could not otherwise afford. Three summer camp sessions are offered including CMA Resident Camp, CMA Camp BackBeat, and a week-long day camps for children ages 8 to 11.
In total, 170 children receive expert music training in a fun and rewarding atmosphere for an average cost of $300 per child.
For the first time, students from the school will be participating in CMA Music Festival. A five-piece band, known as The Band From Nowhere (ages 12-16), will be performing Saturday, June 8 (3:00-3:45 PM) in the AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X in the new Music City Center. The group will be rocking the Keep the Music Playing Stage in the Keep the Kids Playing Pavilion.
Founded in 1984, the W.O. Smith School was created with the purpose of making quality music instruction available to talented, interested, deserving children from low-income families at the nominal fee of 50 cents a lesson. Instruction is provided by a 225-member volunteer faculty of area musicians from many elements of the Nashville music scene including studio musicians, symphony players, college professors, public school teachers, church musicians, private teachers, and university students, who each donate up to four hours a week teaching their students.
The school serves more than 700 students, ages 6 to 18, representing academic schools from across Metro Davidson County and Middle Tennessee. Students must qualify for the reduced or free lunch program in Metro schools to participate. The school offers introductory classes for pre-instrumentalists, individual and group lessons in all band and orchestra instruments, piano, guitar, and voice. The school, which is a nonprofit educational institution, also provides computer-assisted instruction in music fundamentals and theory, classes in composition, music technology, and recording. For information about the school, call (615) 255-8355 or visit wosmith.org.
CMA created The CMA Foundation (a nonprofit 501c3) in 2011. The Foundation exists to provide financial support to worthwhile causes that are important to CMA and the Country Music community. The group places special emphasis on serving the needs of CMA’s core constituents and nonprofit organizations with initiatives that preserve the legacy of the format, support music education, and respond to other needs identified by CMA.
CMA Music Festival celebrates the unique relationship between Country Music artists and their fans in the heart of Music City USA.
Featuring concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more, CMA Music Festival is the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience – a four-day celebration of America’s music. In 2012, the event drew a record-setting 71,000 fans from all 50 states and two dozen nations. According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, direct visitor spending generated by the Festival totaled more than $31 million. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).
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