The IUP Community Music School (IUPCMS) is thrilled to announce that
it is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Country Music Association
The award was made late in fall 2017, with
official permission to announce contingent upon the approval of the IUPCMS’s
proposed use of the funds and budget. This was recently approved, and the IUPCMS
is excited to begin this partnership with the CMA Foundation as we work
together to ensure musical opportunities through the IUPCMS are available
to as many in the region as possible, and to assist our high school music
educators with their programs.
The focus of the CMA Foundation is to improve and sustain music
education programs everywhere while also supporting worthwhile causes important
to the County Music Association. The supporting funds—over $20 million since
2006—are raised through the generosity of the Country Music community during
the CMA’s annual CMA Music Festival, held every June in Nashville, Tennessee.
Multiple studies have shown that students who participate in the arts
are more likely to graduate, have better attendance rates, and have higher
GPAs than student who are not enrolled in an arts program. For over 20 years
the CMA Foundation has enhancing the lives of students through the power of
music by supporting high-quality and sustainable in-and-after-school music education
programs across the nation. The IUPCMS is honored to have its program selected!
More information may be found on the Country Music Association Foundation website.
For the spring 2018 semester, the IUP Community Music School will offer private lesson scholarships, which will include an eliminated
registration fee and one to two free lessons, free participation in any of the three
ensembles—the Crimson Youth Choir, the Indiana Concert Band, and the Indiana Community Choir—and reduced tuition for a limited number of registrations for the
Music Together Early Childhood classes.
In addition, the grant will enable the
IUPCMS to increase its small library of music for the Crimson Youth Choir, increase
advertising and marketing, and, more importantly, be able to support music
educators in the region with IUPCMS music faculty going into the high schools
to present vocal and instrumental workshops and masterclasses to the students.
Funds will be stretched as far as possible and distributed throughout the various areas of the IUPCMS on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on the IUP Community Music School and all the
musical opportunities available, please visit the Community Music School website, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 724-357-4565. For information specific to the grant, e-mail email@example.com.