A Note from the CMA Foundation

The CMA Foundation is the charitable arm of the Country Music Association and was established in 2011 to support music education initiatives across the country. Like you, we believe all students deserve the opportunity to participate in high-quality music education.

Each year our industry looks forward to celebrating and raising much needed funds to support our mission during our annual fundraiser, CMA Fest. The four-day Country Music festival raises millions to support music education. Funds from CMA Fest are then distributed to dozens of organizations and communities throughout the country. As result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CMA Fest sadly will not take place in 2020. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, we are not able to provide grants to support music education beyond those that were previously committed in 2020.

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. It’s a gesture that warms our heart more than we can express. With thousands of tours across the globe having already been cancelled, along with an increasing number of music festivals in this time of unprecedented uncertainty, the future of the music industry looks very different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The financial security and safety of many people working in the music industry are masked in complete mystery. The CMA Foundation and CMA will work jointly this year in providing resources to the industry that has given us the ability to exist. Without their unwavering support over the last decade, the CMA Foundation would not be where it is today, building community through music.

We appreciate the work you, your organizations and schools are doing. We still believe whole-heartedly in the power of music education and what it does for our students. To stay updated on the CMA Foundation and what we are working toward in the coming year, sign up for our newsletter.

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