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Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Support and Promote
Children's Participation in Music Education Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation

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Deadline Date:

08/07/18 11:59 PM CDT


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to provide quality music education programs for children. Applicants must submit the preliminary application by July 31, 2018. Proposals should focus on student participation and achievement, research, innovation, professional development for music educators, and collaborations between public and private institutions.

The Foundation is focused on 5 priorities when reviewing grant applications.

1. Student Achievement and Participation

Investing in the next generation through music is an additional pathway for success during a child’s K-12 tenure because music education bolsters student engagement and academic achievement. Investments focus on sequential learning opportunities, improving student outcomes and increasing participation. Music also plays a crucial role in social and emotional learning. This is known to be effective in student engagement and achievement both in and out of the classroom.

2. Public Private Collaboration

Priority is given to investment in partnerships between schools and community organizations that work together to solve challenges facing the students being served. These unique partnerships use continuous learning approaches and innovative teaching practices to best meet the needs of the community being supported through music. Collaborative efforts should be addressing quality of music instruction or curriculum, retention of students participating in music, increased participation in music offerings, etc. All efforts aim to improve student achievement.

3. Music Education Innovation

As the needs of students and teachers evolve, teaching practices and offerings are often slower to transition forward. Value is given to innovative teaching models, offerings, and programs that increase student participation in music beyond the traditional music education curriculum (band, choir, orchestra). Music technology has also been an area of opportunity and need through many innovative investments.

4. Music Educator Support

Investing in professional development is vital to the CMA Foundation. Without effective teachers and leaders to support students, quality music programs are not able to thrive. A workplace environment where continued learning and development is prioritized leads to effective teaching outcomes. Through professional development and communication, challenges facing music education are addressed where innovation may be lacking. Professional development simultaneously creates community when it’s needed most. Ultimately, support is given to organizations and programs that prepare music educators and school leaders to better serve the needs of their students.

5. Research

Investments are made in reliable, effective, data collection on a wide range of topics and subjects facing the music education field. Research and program evaluation serves as a resource for storytelling and policy making. With better data, analytics and evidence, the dialogue around music education can be strengthened.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181862

Estimated Size of Grant:

First year grant applicants should not exceed $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 will not fund grants for the following purposes or activities:
- Individuals
- Newsletters, magazines
- Projects of churches and religious organizations that primarily benefit their own members (exception: church-based programs with broad community support and separate financial statements)
- Sponsorship of special events or similar fundraising and advertising activities
- Stand-alone books, films or videos
- Legislative lobbying or other political purposes
- Debt retirement
- Loans
- Other Foundational giving activities
- Capital campaigns
- Private schools

Grant requests for general operating support are not eligible for consideration.

Pre-Application Information:

The following information will be requested via online grant application (July 1-31). If the grant is accepted, the grant applicant will be contacted directly within 48 hours of submission by the CMA Foundation for completion of Phase II. Phase II will be due on August 7th, so please plan your applying timeline accordingly to allow for sufficient time to fill out Phase II questions.

Application opens: July 1, 2018
Application closes: July 31, 2018 – 11:59pm CDT
Grantee notification: October 9, 2018

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Tiffany Kerns, Director of Community Outreach
(615) 664-1608

Lindsey Jones, Community Outreach Coordinator

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