Luke Combs and CMA Project Manager of Community Outreach Lindsey Jones join students during the CMA EDU Executive Summit Tuesday, July 24 at CMA’s offices in Nashville. 
Photo credit: Hunter Berry/CMA

Supporting the Next Generation of Industry Professionals

The entertainment industry is an increasingly challenging and competitive industry to break into. Aspiring industry professionals need exposure to real-life situations and opportunities taking place outside of the classroom. Cultivating an atmosphere where students are expected to make strategic decisions, develop strong communication skills, and build their professional acumen is at the core of CMA EDU.

A campus-based professional development program, CMA EDU gives college students an inside look into the music and entertainment industry and provides them with the skills and connections they need to start a career in the industry. In return, CMA and industry partners leverage these groups of college students for research, marketing, and promotional efforts on their respective campuses.

Music Industry Education and Connection

Each semester, CMA EDU chapters work directly with CMA to strategize projects, events, and speakers necessary for maximized learning. This includes a wide range of panel discussions and presentations by industry leaders or artists; local music related events; internships; employment opportunities; and more. Students are able to apply what is learned in the classroom to all CMA EDU activities, as well as prepare for their future professional endeavors through hands-on CMA EDU experiences. Whether it’s participating on a task force, observing on-site live event execution, making presentations, analyzing data, developing marketing materials, show promotion, etc. The power behind CMA EDU is the students representation of the brand and the industry’s investment in the students

The 2016 CMA EDU Leadership Summit at Belmont University in Nashville on Monday, July 18, 2016. (l-r) Samantha Thornton; Virginia Davis, G Major Entertainment; Harry Lyons and Nichole Rodriguez

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Tuscaloosa, AL

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

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Clemson, SC

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Gainesville, FL

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

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Philadelphia, PA

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

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Knoxville, TN

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL

University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, IN

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

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