CMA Donates to Nashville Music Students

The Country Music Association made a large donation of more than $655,000 to fund music education in Nashville public schools, Thursday, Oct. 4, in Nashville.

Among those on hand for the donation announcement were Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and executives from the music industry. The funds are generated from the annual CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. “When we launched this initiative in 2006,” said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese, “we made a commitment to the students, the city and our artist community to use funds from the festival to support a cause that is important to our industry and enriches lives.” The donation was made through the CMA’s “Keep the Music Playing” program. Jay DeMarcus told Country Weekly that he was the beneficiary of similar programs as a youngster in Columbus, Ohio. ”We relied on donations for sheet music, instruments, just about everything,” Jay recalled. “And I can tell you that studying music helped me choose my path in life. I’m living proof that music education does help.”

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