The CMA Foundation Selects Country Star Jimmie Allen As Unified Voices For Music Education Artist Ambassador For The Month Of December

Allen Will Advocate for Music Education Throughout December

The CMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association (CMA), has announced Platinum-selling, chart-topping, Country Music artist Jimmie Allen as the Unified Voices for Music Education (UVfME) Artist Ambassador for the month of December. As this month’s Artist Ambassador, Allen will participate in a variety of virtual activities, using his unique musical experience to share the organization’s awareness and advocacy efforts in support of music educators, students and parents as they continue to encounter challenges due to the impact of COVID-19.

 

“We are excited to have Jimmie as the CMA Foundation’s December Unified Voices for Music Education Artist Ambassador,” says Tiffany Kerns, CMA Foundation Executive Director. “For many artists like Jimmie, music has played a significant role in their lives. Whether making music, performing, or purely listening for enjoyment – it is something they cannot live without. Because of this, artists are incredible advocates for ensuring music has a place in a student’s well-rounded education. We look forward to amplifying Jimmie’s voice on behalf of students and teachers everywhere.”

 

“Music played such a huge role in my life growing up and I can’t imagine my childhood without it,” says Allen. “I have learned so many life skills through music. I’m looking forward to getting involved with the CMA Foundation’s Unified Voices for Music Education program and sharing the impact that music has had on my life with students across the country.”

 

Allen is the second artist to participate as a Unified Voices for Music Education Artist Ambassador. CMA Award-winning artist Ashley McBryde served as the inaugural Artist Ambassador throughout November, meeting virtually with music educators to discuss obstacles they are currently facing and sharing how music education led to her career in Country Music. As an Artist Ambassador, McBryde also created a music lesson on building the major scale for teachers and students to utilize in both their in-person and virtual classrooms. To watch the webinar discussion and music lesson visit the CMA Foundation’s YouTube channel.

The CMA Foundation launched UVfME in July in response to a need for resources, stemming from COVID-19’s impact on music education. The online collective serves as a place where music educators can interface through lesson ideas and other creative methods, as they find innovative ways to teach and connect with students during this unprecedented school year. UVfME is a collaborative effort guided and executed by a network of music education professionals from across the country in partnership with the CMA Foundation.

The CMA Foundation will continue to provide resources and support music educators through UVfME as more artist ambassadors are revealed in the coming months.

About the CMA Foundation

Established in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation is committed to improving and sustaining high-quality music education programs across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music. Through strategic partnerships, professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested more than $27 million across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps and community outreach organizations.

Country Music artist Jimmie Allen is advocating for music education as the CMA Foundation Unified Voices for Music Education Artist Ambassador throughout December. Photo Credit: John Shearer