CMA EDU Expands to Universities of Florida and Nebraska Scott Frans September 30, 2013 CMA EDU, the Country Music Association’s college-outreach initiative, has expanded to the Universities of Florida and Nebraska. The program, which brings undergraduate college students together in their love of Country Music and interest in the industry, began in 2011 when it launched at Nashville’s Belmont University. Chapters soon followed at Nashville-area universities Lipscomb and Middle Tennessee State, with an additional 22 “ambassador” schools across the U.S. “With six official chapters, CMA EDU has the potential to reach nearly 170,000 college students,” said Matthew Seaton, CMA Community Outreach Manager. “That is a substantial sampling of a very important demographic for the format.” Several clubs had their opening meetings earlier this month, including the University of Central Florida, which got the year started with a visit and performance by Uncle Kracker. The University of Nebraska welcomed Dee Jay Silver to its inaugural meeting on Sept. 16. The RCA Nashville recording artist shared his experiences in the music industry and took questions from chapter members. The University of Florida chapter will host their inaugural meeting later this month, celebrating with a Luke Bryan concert ticket giveaway. Local radio station WRUF-FM will be the unofficial liaison to the chapter, with program director Jerry Butler serving as the faculty advisor. Planned events for the upcoming academic year include an artist visit from Billy Currington on Monday at Belmont University and radio personality Bobby Bones will speak at MTSU in October. Nashville chapters will also have the chance to participate in an industry career shadow day in partnership with the Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID). Students involved in the program have frequent volunteer opportunities for industry events such as the Country Radio Seminar, the Leadership Music Summit, PollStar LIVE, CMA Awards, and CMA Music Festival.