CMA Foundation Presents Music Education Grant to the Quest Center

CMA Foundation Presents Music Education Grant to the Quest Center

NASHVILLE – In celebration of the generosity of Country artists and the fans who support CMA Music Festival, the CMA Foundation presented The Quest Center for Art & Community Development a $10,000 grant yesterday during Charlie Worsham’s fan club party in Nashville.

Worsham is a longtime supporter of The Quest Center, a music education and resource center located in Dickson, Tenn., a largely rural community with limited access to music programs. The Center makes music education accessible to all members of the community, including individuals with special needs, while providing leadership and a positive, affordable, and safe environment for students. The CMA Foundation is funding afterschool and out-of-school instructional classes and music discovery workshops, typically serving students in grades three through 12 in partnership with the Dickson County Board of Education and The Arc Dickson County.

The “Music Education Matters” grant, which was announced earlier this year, brings CMA’s total contributions to local and national music education programs since 2006 to more than $11 million.  

“If it weren’t for our artists, who all perform for free during CMA Music Festival, and the thousands of fans who support the event each year, these donations would not be possible,” said Ron Samuels, Chairman of the CMA Foundation Board of Directors. “The CMA Foundation donates to causes that are important to our community, but every dollar is given on behalf of the artists and fans that support Music Fest.”

Studies show students who participate in the arts are more likely to graduate, have better attendance rates, and higher GPAs than students not enrolled in arts classes. The CMA Foundation recognizes the importance of music education in keeping kids engaged and in school as well as providing access to higher education through scholarships.

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.

“CMA Music Festival began in 1972 as a way for the artists to give back to the fans who support their careers throughout the year, but it has become so much more,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The money generated by the Festival benefits music education programs across the U.S. The CMA Foundation grants change lives for the better – which makes everyone involved in the Festival extremely proud.”