CMA Foundation Grants

CMA Foundation Grants

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 06:  Singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini speaks to the Oliver Middle School wind Ensemble during the CMA Foundation's Announcement of a $1 million donation to the Metro Nashville public schools 'Music makes us' progam at Oliver Middle School on December 6, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

The 2017 grant window is now closed. Please check back for 2018 updates. All applicants will be contacted in late October on grant status. 

Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, the CMA Foundation is seeking to support organizations and school districts who are focused on improving, sustaining, and increasing participation in music education programs for all.
The CMA Foundation is predominantly interested in projects and programs focused on our philanthropic pillars.  The Foundation’s philanthropic pillars include:

  • Increased student participation through music
    KEY INDICATORS: Increased numbers, providing non-traditional music opportunities for student
  • Quality & equity in music education
    KEY INDICATORS: Responsive to students’, programs’ and schools’ needs; decreased inequities
  • Professional development for music teachers
    KEY INDICATORS: Retention, recruitment, quality of program
  • Music education advocacy
    KEY INDICATORS: Increased student and teacher participation through music, community involvement; Strengthen and support for music education from school leadership, parents, etc.


CMA Foundation funding addresses the need to improve opportunities for our students and educators – regardless of income, education or ethnic background to take an active role in transforming communities and education through music.  The CMA Foundation is especially interested in work that advances music in rural and urban areas.  Grantees will focus on measurable outcomes, including greater participation in music results in academic achievement.

The CMA Foundation only reviews grant’s once a year. All applicants will be notified in October on the status of their funding request. All applicants, whether funded or not, must reapply for funding each year. The Grant Application Submission window is August 1 through August 31 of each year.

The CMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of CMA. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have contributed more than $17.5 million in grants to organizations focused on providing quality music education. As a national music education foundation, we promote equity and access to music education. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of the Country artists participating in the CMA Music Festival each year for free. For more information, visit

For more information about the CMA Foundation and grant inquires please contact:

Tiffany Kerns
Director of Community Outreach
(615) 664-1608

Lindsey Jones
Community Outreach Coordinator