Grant Eligibility criteria

The CMA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to making a profound difference in the lives of students through projects furthering music education. The CMA Foundation offers grants to schools and nonprofit organizations whose mission and priority is granting children access to music education.

The CMA Foundation is predominately interested in projects restoring the arts, learning how to make music and inspiring creative musical expression (traditional and non-traditional.) This also includes funding instruments and equipment needs for these programs. The CMA Foundation values community support. All applicants interested in receiving funding should have a great community network before applying.

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2014 Grant Recipients


Nashville Public Education Foundation/Metro Nashville Public Schools:   Formerly known as the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, the Foundation was established in 2004 by the late Nelson C. Andrews who envisioned an organization that would provide private support for public education. The private-sector money would be used to fund strategic initiatives coordinated with the district’s priorities, but currently outside the scope of the district budget.

Today, the Nashville Public Education Foundation builds upon the early vision by continuing to employ private funds to ensure excellence in public education in a way that will have an even greater transformational impact across all district schools.

Community leaders and elected officials have made education reform their top priority and the Nashville Public Education Foundation is the recognized partner to secure private philanthropy that will support larger, strategic initiatives to transform public education and prepare every student for college and career.

Notes for Notes:  Notes for Notes provides youth with free access to musical instruments, instruction and music making environments so that music can become a profoundly positive influence in their lives.

Tennessee Performing Arts:  The center’s Aftershcool Musical Theater program, Disney in Schools, engages 1,000 students in 15 Metro Nashville Schools.  A team of two TPAC teaching artists will lead students and school teams through a semester –long rehearsal process culminating in a performance of their musical production at their school and participation in a “student share” event onstage on at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall.

W.O. Smith:  W.O. Smith Music School makes affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families. We transform lives through music.