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 and causes important to the country music industry.

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 and initiatives deemed worthwhile by our industry. 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 did not take place in 2020. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, we are not able to provide grants to support causes 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.

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Through the Country Music Association, the CMA Foundation awards up to $25,000 annually in service grants to non-profit public service organizations that have a lasting impact on CMA and its members.


In order to be eligible, an applicant organization must be an organization that is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”), and not a private foundation as described in IRC Section 509(a).  An applicant must be in good standing with its state of incorporation and the Internal Revenue Service.

The Foundation requires all organizations applying for a SERVICE GRANT have two (2) letters of recommendation from CMA or CMA Foundation Board of Directors.  Organizations may not exceed a request of more than $5,000.

The Foundation approves grants that will have a significant and lasting impact on a group as well as its community.  A request needs to demonstrate a visible, apparent and immediate need and be consistent with the Foundation’s mission, to support causes important to the Country Music Association.

Programs Qualified For Funding Include:

    • Organizations providing social services to those who have been unable to participate fully in the social and economic life of the community
    • Improving people’s physical or emotional health
    • Projects important to the Country Music Association (as identified by CMA)

Grant requests for general operating support are not eligible for consideration.  Requests for start-up projects may be considered for new initiatives that address important, unmet community needs and that demonstrate a potential for ongoing operational support from other sources.  Each organization should present strong financial documentation in their application.

For more information on grants please contact
Falon Keith, Grants Associate


(615) 263-3631