CMA Foundation Named National Associaton for Music Education’s 2017 Stand for Music Award Winner

CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and the 2017 CMA Music Teachers of Excellence. Photo: Dusty Draper / CMA.

The CMA Foundation has been a great friend to NAfME and the teachers and students for whom we advocate. The generosity of the CMA Foundation on behalf of music education advocacy is boundless.

The generous support of music education by the Country Music Association (CMA) and CMA Foundation over the past 11 years is well known in music and music education circles. And in recent years, the influential voice of the CMA Foundation has been heard on Capitol Hill.

National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is proud to name the CMA Foundation the 2017 Stand for Music award winner. The CMA Foundation is the sixth recipient of the Stand for Music Award. Previous recipients include: Andrew Dost of the band fun. (2014); Brooklyn-based band San Fermin (2015); Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2009 International Champion Quartet, Crossroads (2016); and Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington (2016) for their work on the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which included, for the first time in history, “music” listed as a stand-alone subject, necessary for a “well-rounded” education.

“NAfME is grateful to the CMA Foundation for their tireless support of the cause of music education,” said Michael J. Blakeslee, NAfME’s Executive Director and CEO. “The CMA Foundation has been a great friend to the Association and the teachers and students for whom we advocate. From their financial and personnel support of NAfME affiliate Give a Note Foundation’s Music In Our Schools Tour; to recognizing music educators as Music Teachers of Excellence for the past two years and…

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