Country star Darius Rucker and the CMA Foundation Announce $1 million music education grant to Metro Schools
Today, country star Darius Rucker and the Country Music Association Foundation, in partnership with Metro Schools and the Nashville Public Education Foundation, announced a $1 million grant that will go towards providing instruments and music education support to more than 85,000 students in Metro Nashville and Davidson County.
“Having access to an instrument in an environment that encourages creative expression is such a powerful thing,” Rucker said in the news release. “A defining moment in my life was when my mother gave me my first guitar – I can honestly say it completely changed my life. In that moment, a newfound passion and creativity were born where skills like writing and poetry took on a new role. So, to know that we, as artists with CMA, are helping kids get the option for that kind of discovery is really incredible.”
The grant also includes teacher support initiatives such as Music Teachers at the Core, a recognition program that will recognize up to 50 of Metro Schools most exceptional music teachers with a $2,000 cash award, and professional development and coaching opportunities to strengthen and support local music education teachers.
“CMA’s 10-year commitment to our students and schools has transformed Nashville’s music education programs,” said Chris Henson, MNPS interim director of schools. “We are thankful for its continued support and for the role it plays in our schools and in our community. Its gift is an integral part of the Music Makes Us program’s success and ultimately the lifelong success of our students.”
Read the full news release here.