Each year, CMA Fest attracts 400+ artists and nearly 90,000 fans. During those four days, the dedicated Country artists donate their time and talent to 11 stages raising $2.5 million for music education. Half of the net proceeds from CMA Fest are then donated to the CMA Foundation, the Country Music Association’s charitable arm. Thanks to the Country artists, our fans, and partners – we have invested $20 million to support music education programs throughout the country. The CMA Foundation is committed to providing quality access so every child has the opportunity to participate in music. THANK YOU for providing over the gift of music education to 1,000,000+ children in the U.S.
Why does music education matter? The Foundation has made music education its core initiative. We know it’s making a difference. Studies have shown that people who play instruments from childhood have above average general reasoning skills and verbal intelligence. Other studies have showed learning music increases fine motor skills, enhanced hearing ability, and memory. This means the skills acquired learning music give the child the foundation to succeed in other disciplines. For instance, the enhanced reasoning skills and verbal intelligence are the skills needed to excel in the language arts. The act of reading music is cognitively very similar to the act of reading words, so children who learn to read music at a young age generally read at a higher grade level than their peers.