March 6, 2018

Give A Note Foundation Announces Innovation Funding Opportunity

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Media Contact:
Ashley Wales
Give A Note Foundation
(850) 236-4928
AshleyW@giveanote.org 

Give A Note Foundation Announces Innovation Funding Opportunity 

Developed by the CMA Foundation, New Grants Award Music Programs and Educators for Innovative and Replicable Ideas 

March 6, 2018 (Reston, VA)—Music educators are familiar with how financially challenging it is to run a successful program that reaches every student, delivering high-quality music education. According to new research released last year from Give A Note Foundation, made possible with a grant from the CMA (Country Music Association) Foundation, while 58% of music teachers surveyed said they felt fundraising helped enrich their music program, a large minority (42%) said that their program’s fundraising was essential to delivering an adequate music curriculum, namely in rural and urban schools.

“Because of financial constraints, music educators are quite innovative in reaching all students with a complete music education, both in fundraising and teaching in the classroom,” says Give A Note President and Board Chair Beth Slusher. “And to find and amplify those successful, innovative programs where this is happening is our goal in this next year.”

“Because of financial constraints, music educators are quite innovative in reaching all students with a complete music education, both in fundraising and teaching in the classroom. And to find and amplify those successful, innovative programs where this is happening is our goal in this next year.”

“We understand the tremendous impact a quality music education can have on a student’s academic achievement and social development, yet we still hear that music programs are underfunded and educators do not have the resources they need to sustain a thriving program,” said Tiffany Kerns, CMA Director of Community Outreach. “These grants will celebrate and recognize those who are creating innovative curriculums and ensure their hard work, creativity and dedication to music education will continue to drive their program forward for years to come.”

Give A Note Foundation invites proposals for the Music Education Innovator Award that demonstrate school music programs led by creative music educators using innovative and sustainable strategies in non-traditional or traditional secondary music courses that attract students not typically enrolled in music education courses, in efforts to increase access to music education through diversity in curriculum and approach. Thank you to founding sponsor, the CMA Foundation.

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Awards will be granted to schools with programs that have significant potential for utilizing $4,000 grants to build upon programmatic successes to date, in efforts to create lasting change in a school or district. Minimally intrusive reporting requirements will be developed to allow for other schools and districts to learn from the resulting models, with associated music educators serving as Innovative Ambassadors to the field.

Recipients will be invited and recognized at the CMA Foundation’s Music Teachers of Excellence Event in Nashville, TN, this spring. They will also be invited to present on their programs at the 2018 National Conference of the National Association for Music Education in Dallas, TX, this November.

Grant applications will be accepted through April 1, 2018 (prior to 12:01 AM ET), and can be submitted to info@giveanote.org with “Grant Application” in the subject line. Learn more at bit.ly/MusicEducationInnovatorAward.

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About Give A Note Foundation: Since 2011, Give A Note Foundation has conducted national awareness campaigns and raised funds to support and strengthen music education programs across the U.S. The programs have reached millions of parents and students and provided more than $1.2 million in direct grants to schools. Learn more about Give A Note Foundation at www.giveanote.org. Help give the gift of music! Text “MusicEd GAN” to 20222 to donate $10! Message & Data Rates May Apply. Details: http://www.giveanote.org/giving/. You can follow Give a Note on Twitter and on Facebook.

About CMA Foundation: Established in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation is committed to improving and sustaining music education programs all across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate music education. Through strategic partnerships, professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested over $20 million in 84 programs across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps and with community outreach organizations. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, proceeds from CMA Fest, the four-day long music festival held annually in Nashville, are used to drive the CMA Foundation’s social impact and unique model of giving. For more information visit CMAfoundation.org.