CMA Foundation Celebrates New Orleans Music Education Initiatives

CMA Foundation Celebrates New Orleans Music Education Initiatives

NASHVILLE – Top tunesmith Rob Hatch, EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay, CMA Foundation Board member Victoria Shaw, and pop singer/songwriter Wrabel took over New Orleans on behalf of the CMA Foundation Tuesday for a day full of music education celebration.

The day began when Shaw paid a visit to ABC affiliate WGNO-TV for an interview and performance on local news program “News With A Twist,” where she spoke about the Foundation’s $325,000 in giving to the region.

Later in the afternoon, all four artists traveled to the brand-new Notes for Notes recording studio, located at The NFL-YET Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana, to officially christen the space with help from community children. They witnessed the students entering the facility for the first time and offered pointers for their future music-making. Paslay officially opened the studio with the ceremonial first strum of a guitar. The CMA Foundation was presented with a commemorative Diamond Record for contributions to Notes for Notes, an organization that builds and staffs state-of-the-art recording studios for children to experience for free.

The day was capped off by the CMA Songwriters Series in the Parish at House of Blues, where 16-year-old Karen Antunez, a songwriting student with Foundation beneficiary program the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, brought down the house with her original song “Boys Like You.” “Property Brothers” star Jonathan Scott also surprised the crowd by joining the group for an impromptu performance of The Scott Brothers’ “Hold On.”

Hatch, Paslay, Shaw, and Wrabel also met with local music teachers from St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools, as well as the Parish’s Superintendent, Kevin George. Through VH1 Save The Music, the CMA Foundation is rebuilding music programs in Parish Public Schools.

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