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Deadline: July 31, 2018

Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation

Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation is focused on shaping the next generation through music education. The Foundation believes that every child should have access and opportunity to participate in a quality program. Meeting the needs of each community through music education is complex and often takes time. The Foundation works closely with grantees to establish best practices, generate innovative teaching opportunities, engage local community through advocacy, and strengthen the quality of music instruction. It is also committed to celebrating the successes of the music education community.

The Foundation is focused on the following priorities when reviewing grant applications:

  • Student achievement and participation: Investing in the next generation through music is an additional pathway for success during a child’s K-12 tenure because music education bolsters student engagement and academic achievement. The Foundation’s investments focus on sequential learning opportunities, improving student outcomes, and increasing participation. Music also plays a crucial role in social and emotional learning. This is effective in student engagement and achievement both in and out of the classroom.
  • Public private collaboration: The Foundation invests in partnerships between schools and community organizations that work together to solve challenges facing the students being served. These partnerships use continuous learning approaches and innovative teaching practices to best meet the needs of the community being supported through music. Collaborative efforts address quality of music instruction or curriculum, retention of students participating in music, increased participation in music offerings, etc. All efforts aim to improve student achievement.
  • Music education innovation: The Foundation values innovative teaching models, offerings, and programs that increase student participation in music beyond the traditional music education curriculum (band, choir, orchestra). Music technology has also been an area of opportunity and need through many of the Foundation’s innovative investments.
  • Music educator support: The Foundation supports organizations and programs that prepare music educators and school leaders to better serve the needs of their students.
  • Research: The Foundation invests in reliable, effective, data collection on a wide range of topics and subjects facing the music education field. As a funder it often looks to research and program evaluation as a resource for storytelling and policy making. It knows with better data, analytics, and evidence it can strengthen the dialogue around music education.

Amount: First year requests should not exceed $20,000.

Eligibility: Tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that are exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and not a private foundation as described in IRC Section 509(a).

Link: http://www.cmaworld.com/foundation/

Note: The online application opens July 1, 2018.

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