CMA Foundation Grant Recipients

2017 Grant Recipients

147 Million Orphans:

147 Million Orphans was created to provide for the critical needs of children impacted by the orphan crisis and living in poverty in Haiti, Honduras, Uganda, and the United States, prioritizing access to quality education. In 2017 the program is expanding its curriculum to include music education.

Austin Ed Fund/AISD:

Austin Independent School District (AISD), which serves nearly 84,000 students, has prioritized arts education and committed to making all district schools “arts-rich” by 2023. That includes sequential fine arts instruction, community arts partnerships, and after-school opportunities.

Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT):

Beginning in the fall of 2017 and continuing through spring 2018, BACT will present the third year of the Disney Musicals in Schools (DMIS) program, which provides musical theater access to low-income schools in Oakland and Richmond, Calif.

Camp Southern Ground:

The vision for the camp in Peachtree City, Ga., comes from CMA Award winner Zac Brown. Brown created a state of-the-art facility that serves children ages eight through 13 with both typical and special needs, as well as their families, teaching them healthy life skills through a program involving nutrition, physical exercise, music and arts, technology, and embracing the outdoors.

Charlie Worsham/Follow Your Heart Arts Program:

Worsham’s program enriches and empowers the lives of young people living in Grenada County, Miss., through music education. It provides the opportunity for young people from Worsham’s hometown to learn, play, create, and share music in collaboration with Delta State University professors and students, alongside individuals from the Grenada Public Schools system.

Country Music Foundation, Inc. /Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum:

Words & Music is the museum’s curriculum-based program that creates in-school educational opportunities that address Common Core standards in language arts and music for 9,000 Middle Tennessee students. The program also provides out-of-school programs to at-risk youth, trains more than 100 classroom teachers in the curriculum, and connects students and teachers with professional songwriters.

Edgar County Community Foundation:

Nestled in Brett Eldredge’s hometown, a rural Illinois community removed from any major cities and the resources they offer, Edgar County and the Paris Community Unit School District have placed a high priority on the fine arts and hope to improve music instruction and give more students access to music programs in the district.

Education Through Music (ETM):

ETM partners with inner-city schools to provide all students with music as a core subject, to create school communities that value the arts, and to use school music programs to enhance students’ academic performance and general development. The ETM model is anticipated to serve nearly 29,000 children at 50 elementary, middle, and K-8 schools in the New York metropolitan area.

Education Through Music Los Angeles (ETM-LA):

ETM-LA is committed to providing and promoting the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students’ academic performance and creative and general development. By working closely with each principal, ETM-LA will address the critical needs of the school through an individualized, long-term plan for sustainability, ultimately serving approximately 12,500 children at 25 partner schools.

Girls Rock Santa Barbara (GRSB):

GRSB is a nonprofit organization that empowers female-identified youth and fosters self-confidence, creativity, and teamwork by using music and female mentorship as tools for social change. The program brings girls from diverse backgrounds together and gives them the opportunity to expand their cultural awareness and develop life skills.

Guitars in the Classroom (GITC):

GITC improves musical access in public education through ongoing teacher training, mentoring, and in classroom coaching, as well as access to musical and instrumental resources. GITC teachers learn to lead hands-on music lessons integrated with English language arts, math, science, social studies, character development, and special education in grades K-6 by boosting student engagement, communication skills, critical thinking, and creative collaboration.

Harmony Project:

Founded in 2001, Harmony Project now commits to more than 2,000 students for their entire childhood to ensure they receive the support necessary to graduate from high school and continue to college. Its mission promotes the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice, and performance of music.

Indiana Music Education Association Foundation (IMEA):

IMEA’s mission is to advance music education in Indiana by advocating for the musical interests of students, and by providing quality programs, professional development, and services. The funding includes support for six specialized workshops throughout the state for music educators working in various disciplines and geographic settings.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:

Turnaround Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts leverages the power of the arts in education to accelerate transformations in the nation’s most underserved public schools: chronically struggling schools at the elementary and middle school level that are ranked among the lowest five percent in their state. Through strategic arts investments, Turnaround Arts empowers whole-school transformation.

KID smART/Any Given Child New Orleans:

KID smART — through the collective impact project Any Given Child — works to ensure that every K-8 child will receive abundant and resource-rich arts learning experiences that are connected to New Orleans culture, and to support excellence and best practices in education.

Little Kids Rock:

Little Kids Rock transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and creating innovative music education in schools. This includes its Modern Band Teacher Professional Series. The program also provides 28 professional development hours, and provides curricular resources including teacher manuals, songbooks, chord charts, regular lesson plans, and access to an online library of materials.

Metro Nashville Public Schools/Nashville Public Education Foundation:

A joint effort of Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office, and music industry and community leaders, the Music Makes Us® initiative aspires to be a national model for high-quality music education. With a focus on music literacy and student participation, Music Makes Us is strengthening traditional school music programs while adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects the district’s diverse student population.

Monroe Harding, Inc.:

Monroe Harding, which provides a nurturing environment for Nashville children in foster care, is developing and implementing a year-round music education program for youth in its Cooperative Living program. That program, “Soundtracks,” will create a much-needed opportunity for creative self-expression for at-risk teenage boys.

Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra:

The Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Symphony Orchestra Education Outreach Program provides events and activities that help encourage children to work hard within their school programs to make the most of their musical talents. These include master classes with professional musicians working with students and free family concerts.

Music and the Brain:

Music and the Brain is a project of the 42nd Street Development Corporation designed to teach public school students to read and play music through classroom keyboard instruction, linking cognitive development and early music instruction. The program includes professional development training for music teachers in partner schools across all the regions they serve including New York City, New Orleans, and Ferguson, Mo.

Music For Everyone (MFE):

MFE is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness and resources to strengthen the role music plays in schools and communities. MFE provides instruction, student community performances, access to professional performances, and summer learning opportunities for students in Lancaster County, Pa., reaching nearly 300 students per week. The organization recently doubled the number of students in its summer camp program, and after-school programs have doubled as well.

Music Alliance, Inc.:

Based in Mentor, Ohio, the goal of the Music Alliance is to keep high-quality, affordable instrumental music education and performance programs available to students who attend schools that do not otherwise provide such programs. It is rooted in the belief that studying a musical instrument plays an essential role in the academic, emotional, and social development of all students and contributes to helping them reach their full potential.

Nashville Symphony Association:

The Nashville Symphony is the largest performing arts nonprofit in Tennessee and a major contributor to music education in Middle Tennessee. Through concerts, classroom presentations, curriculum materials, instrument lessons, and other hands-on learning opportunities, the Symphony’s free education and engagement programs reach and engage tens of thousands of adults and children in the area every year.

National 4-H Council:

The 4-H Mission is to empower youth to reach their potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. National 4-H Council exists to support this by increasing investment and participation in high-quality 4-H Positive Youth Development programs. The CMA Foundation is proud to support the inaugural Music Education Matters Summit in Atlanta.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation:

The mission of the Foundation is to promote, preserve, perpetuate, and encourage the music, culture, and heritage of communities in Louisiana through festivals, programs, and other cultural, educational, civic, and economic activities.

Notes for Notes:

Notes for Notes® is a nonprofit organization that designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs, offering youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music for free. Notes for Notes studios are packed with professional instruments, equipment, and full recording facilities. Beyond providing access to equipment and resources, the program educates youth about careers both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Phoenix Conservatory of Music:

The Conservatory unleashes the power of music by providing high-quality music education and experience to students and families that is affordable and accessible. It provides community education programs and classes, after-school programs for at-risk populations, private music instruction, and a college preparatory program in affiliation with Berklee College of Music’s Berklee City Music Network.

Rainey Institute:

Rainey Institute is dedicated to positive growth for Cleveland’s youth through education and participation in the performing and visual arts. El Sistema @ Rainey provides 90 minutes of daily instrumental music instruction to underserved Cleveland children in grades 2-8, with a primary focus on children with the fewest resources and the greatest need.

Rocketown of Middle Tennessee:

Founded by contemporary Christian music artist Michael W. Smith in 1994, Nashville’s Rocketown serves children and teens through innovative and one-of-a-kind programs. All young people are welcome at Rocketown, and they regularly interact with those who are underserved, unsupported, and disconnected.

Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children:

Rosie’s House in Phoenix is dedicated to the long-term success of Arizona students and utilizes music as a method of inspiration, motivation, and intervention for youth. Its free after-school music lessons for underserved youth act as a method of prevention by providing a “second home” for children who participate. The program serves more than 500 youths annually through its string, wind, brass, piano, choir, and mariachi programs.

2017 Grant Recipients

Seattle Theatre Group:

For the past two years, Seattle Theatre Group has focused on expanding musical theater arts education at nine Title 1 schools as an affiliate partner of the Disney Musicals in Schools program. The aim of the program is to build sustainable theater programs at under-resourced public elementary schools. Since 2014, the program has reached 300 students, giving participating schools free performance materials and professional development training.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts:

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents a wide variety of the most significant national and international productions of music, dance, and theater to Southern California. The Center provides four underserved Title 1 elementary schools lacking access to the arts with the Disney Musicals in Schools program: a 17-week musical theater residency that develops sustainable theater programs.

St. Paul’s Foundation’s Ryan’s Guitars Project:

Ryan’s Guitars Project, one of the works of St. Paul’s, seeks to provide quality guitars and music instruction to poor and refugee children throughout the Middle East and the world so that they may learn positive ways to express themselves regardless of circumstance, and heal themselves and others through that expression. The program is focused on students in grades 3-12.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC):

TPAC’s Disney Musicals in Schools is a free semester-long, after-school musical theater program that inspires students and their school communities to organize around the challenging work of mounting a 30-60-minute musical production. Guided by TPAC teaching artists, this program utilizes partnerships that combine school, professional, and community resources to create rich avenues for student learning while providing teachers with the training and tools needed to strengthen their arts programs.

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation:

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in schools by donating musical instruments to underfunded music programs, giving young people the many benefits of music education, helping them to be better students, and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music. In nearly 20 years, the foundation has donated to 1,412 schools nationwide.

The People’s Music School:

The school’s mission is to deliver access to high-quality, tuition-free music education. Through intensive instruction and performance, students achieve excellence in music that transfers to other areas in life. They grow musically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually, and develop a foundation of responsibility, self-esteem, resilience, and purpose. TPMS delivers more than 100,000 hours of free music education to more than 600 at-risk youth across the Chicago metropolitan area.

The Quest Center for Art & Community Development:

The Quest Center is a nonprofit music education and resource center located in Dickson, Tenn. The program serves children in grades pre-K-12, including at-risk youth; those with behavioral, social, and emotional issues; and students with developmental delays.

The Roots of Music:

The Roots of Music empowers youth in New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentorship while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of the city. The program’s goal is to implement an infrastructure that will diversify the programming and increase its outreach in Orleans parish schools.

The Young Americans:

The Young Americans in Corona, Calif., is a nonprofit performing arts and educational company with no political or religious affiliations. The organization is the oldest and largest youth music advocacy group in the world. It strives to help strengthen music education programs in schools and communities and to inspire people though music and the arts.

VH1 Save the Music Foundation:

Launched in 2016, the foundation is offering a special Encore Grant specifically to past full instrumental grant recipients who have shown a continued commitment to music and building thriving programs. Schools that have had their original VH1 STM grant for three or more years can apply to add instruments to their growing programs.

Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.:

The Virginia Tech String Project, established in 2007, is the signature outreach program for the School of Music at Virginia Tech. Its missions are to provide affordable string instrument lessons to students in the community and to prepare VirginiaTech’s undergraduate music students for success in the field of music education. The foundation fills a gap in the public school system curriculum by providing low-cost beginner lessons in string instruments to students in the third and fourth grades.

W.O. Smith Music School:

Since 1984, W.O. Smith Music School has provided music instruction to low-income students in the Nashville area. The school strives to offer the best music education possible for its students, and does so through private instruction, classes, and ensemble opportunities, as well as master classes and performances by both local and national artists. Lessons are offered for 50 cents, and no student is turned away due to an inability to pay fees for any school programs.

Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities (YEAH!):

Established 14 years ago in Murfreesboro, Tenn., YEAH! provides a conservatory-style learning atmosphere in which female students are immersed for one week in the art of making music. Girls participate in instrument instruction, music industry workshops, social justice workshops, ensemble practice, and guest artist performances. Participating students form a band and learn in an ensemble setting, using popular music to build music fundamentals. Students are taught how to play instruments, work together, write original songs, and market their bands.

Youth on Record:

Youth on Record in Denver values equity and the power of music, and is committed to ensuring that the youth it serves through music programs graduate from high schools and are ready to enter the workforce or transition to college. The organization functions as an independent contractor within Denver Public Schools, Colorado’s largest district, and is focused on engaging low-income students who have lower graduation rates – sometimes less than 20 percent.