CMA launched the inaugural CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship in 2018, a program designed to offer emerging artists one-of-a-kind mentorship from within the Country Music industry. The year-long program connects up to three artists with professionals within the industry as well as provides educational support and opportunities to participate in CMA-related events, helping artists build a solid foundation to reach the next level of their careers.
The CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship is named after former Chairman of the CMA Board and long-serving board member, Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn. An artist advocate, Brooks drove the creation of the CMA Board of Directors’ Artist Relations Committee in 2006.
“CMA and our entire community have always shown a great commitment to developing and nurturing new artists. When I look back to the beginning of my own music career, I know for certain a program like this would have helped accelerate my start and given me a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the business side of the industry.”
CMA BOARD MEMBER AND LITTLE BIG TOWN MEMBER