Maddie & Tae Host Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share on Behalf of the CMA Foundation

Maddie & Tae Host Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share on Behalf of the CMA Foundation

NASHVILLE – Dot Records recording artists Maddie & Tae brought a touch of magic to downtown Nashville today when the duo hosted the Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be here today” said the duo’s Maddie Marlow. “Tae and I both express ourselves through music, so it’s amazing to highlight how music is a good way for kids to express themselves and find out who they are.”

“Knowing that by performing at CMA Fest we are actually helping programs like this makes that time on stage even more special,” added Tae Dye.

Tae Dye (l) and Maddie Marlow (center) of Maddie & Tae get a dance lesson from the students of Gower Elementary School who performed a number from "The Jungle Book KIDS" during the Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, May 14 in Nashville.
Tae Dye (l) and Maddie Marlow (center) of Maddie & Tae get a dance lesson from the students of Gower Elementary School who performed a number from “The Jungle Book KIDS” during the Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, May 14 in Nashville.

Funded locally by the CMA Foundation, Disney Musicals in Schools grants public schools performance rights to some of Disney’s most well-loved musicals. More than 300 students from six Metro Nashville Public Schools hit the stage, showing off numbers from “The Lion King KIDS,” “The Jungle Book KIDS,” “Aladdin KIDS,” and “Alice in Wonderland JR” for an audience of parents and teachers. Andrew Jackson Elementary, Gower Elementary, Hickman Elementary, Old Center Elementary, William Henry Oliver Middle, and Wright Middle Schools were represented at the annual recital.

“It is because of the generosity and dedication of our artist community that the CMA Foundation is able to fund wonderful programs such as Disney Musicals in Schools,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “I think seeing that magic come to life on stage today was a thrill for us almost as much as it was for the students who performed.”

Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, welcomes students to the Disney Musicals in Schools event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, May 14 in Nashville.
Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, welcomes students to the Disney Musicals in Schools event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, May 14 in Nashville.

Nashville was only the second metro area outside of New York City to have the program. To date, the CMA Foundation has donated $68,000 to fund the project through grants made on behalf of artists such as Maddie & Tae who perform each year for free during the CMA Music Festival. The pair will perform on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage and at LP Field during this year’s Festival.

CMA created the nonprofit (501C3) CMA Foundation in 2011. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, the CMA Foundation focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music Association.

For more information, please visit CMAfoundation.org.

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Tae Dye (l) and Maddie Marlow (front left) of Maddie & Tae with students from Old Center Elementary School who performed a number from “The Lion King KIDS” during the Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday in Nashville. Photo Credit: Donn Jones / CMA
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Tae Dye (r) of Maddie & Tae chats with students from Andrew Jackson Elementary School who performed a number from “The Lion King KIDS” during the Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday in Nashville. Photo Credit: Donn Jones / CMA