CMA keeps the music playing with a $1.2 million donation

Meigs Middle student rehearses the clarinet

Scotty McCreery rehearses with students from Sylvan Park Elementary

Croft Middle Students

Meigs Middle Magnet School


Thanks to the Country Music Association, more Metro students will have instruments in their hands and music on their minds.

At last night's Keep the Music Playing All Stars concert, CMA officials handed over a check for $1.2 million to Metro Schools music programs. The money comes every year from ticket sales to the CMA Music Festival. Since the program started, CMA has given $6.5 million to Metro Schools.

Host Scotty McCreery introduced and performed with young musicians from Croft Middle, Oliver Middle, Nashville School of the Arts, Sylvan Park Elementary, Antioch High and Meigs Middle.

Give a big "Thank You!" to CMA for this generous gift!

To see more pictures of the big night, visit The Tennessean.


Music fans, listen up: The 4th Annual Keep the Music Playing All Star Concert is tomorrow, and it's absolutely free.

The concert is put together by the Country Music Association and is always a highlight of the year. It's a time to celebrate the awesome musicians and music programs in our schools and also when CMA announces its annual donation to Metro Schools.

Every year CMA donates half of ticket sales from the CMA Music Festival to Metro music programs. To date they've donated more than $6 million!

Many of our young music-stars-in-the-making will perform with country music star Scotty McCreery, who is hosting the concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Scotty and some of the fine people from the Country Music Association stopped by Sylvan Park Elementary School last Friday to help students prepare for the performance.

Students at Sylvan Park have been going to music class more frequently as they prepare for the big stage. With the help of music teacher Shelia Hotchkiss, these students will perform a few songs on their xylophones and sing alongside Scotty.

The good news for all of you (besides having world-class music education in your schools) is that this concert is completely free and open to the public!

Sylvan Park students rehearse

Sylvan Park students rehearse

Sylvan Park students rehearse