A Note from the CMA Foundation

This week, CMA announced that after much deliberation, CMA Fest will not take place in 2021. As an organization, we are devastated to not be able to celebrate the legacy and spirit of Country Music live and in-person with you all as we have so many years before. More than 300 Country artists support the CMA Foundation’s mission each year by performing at CMA Fest for free, allowing our unique model of fundraising to exist.

With that in mind, we want to assure you that despite CMA Fest being postponed this year, the CMA Foundation remains committed to championing music education nationwide. Over the next several months, we are excited to share plans on how the postponement of CMA Fest has shifted our investment model to make systems change within public school districts in our marginalized communities. However at this time, the CMA Foundation is unable to grant funds beyond what has been committed previously. The CMA Foundation will not be accepting new grant requests for the 2021-2022 grant term.

Thanks to the support of our industry leaders, artist community and generous donors, we are grateful to be able to continue our work to ensure every student has access to the benefits that music education provides. We look forward to continuing to grow as an organization and can’t wait until we can all be together again for an epic celebration at CMA Fest June 9-12, 2022.

As always, thank you for your continuous support of the CMA Foundation and our mission. We are forever grateful for the kindness and generosity of our music community.

We’re Looking For The “Right Fit”

As cliché as it may sound, the CMA Foundation carefully and strategically selects each of our partnerships to find the right fit. If you’ve read about our process, then you know we don’t just pick grantees at random; we have to be well-matched. Our specific investment model requires complete transparency and cooperation, focus and flexibility, and perseverance––not to mention an overwhelming amount of passion and excitement for music education.

As part of the process, we are eager to learn more about the mission of your organization, the commitment you have to your community, and how we can potentially partner together to do something amazing. While our grant window is only open during the month of July, we are interested in learning about the work in your community. Contact us for more information.

For more information on grants download the application or contact
Falon Keith, Grants Associate

View 2019-2020 Application Questions

(615) 263-3631