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Strategic Partner CMA Foundation Supports Grants for Winners, Who Reflect Diversity in Music and Related Specialties from Around the Country


Nashville TN, December 10, 2018 – Give A Note Foundation (GAN) is pleased to announce five winners of the Fall 2018 Music Education Innovator Award – honoring the most creative and effective school music programs. Give A Note provides support to nurture, grow and strengthen music education opportunities to students, schools and communities throughout the country.

Over the past few months, scores of music educators submitted proposals that utilize innovative and sustainable strategies in non-traditional or traditional primary and secondary (grades K-12) for the award of a $4000 grant. The Music Education Innovator Award recognizes creative music programs that attract students not typically enrolled in music education courses, thereby increasing access to music education through diversity in curriculum and approach.

“We’re thrilled that the five winning proposals represent an especially diverse array of programs and disciplines, spanning an Ethiopian song project and a mixing-engineering syllabus,” said Give A Note CEO Beth Slusher. “The entries came from all across the country and reflected different elements of the exciting process of making and teaching music.”

With the support of Give A Note’s strategic partner, the CMA Foundation, awards are granted to schools with programs that have significant potential for using the $4,000 grants to build on programmatic successes to date, in efforts to create lasting change in a school or district. The five winners have been invited as special guests to CMA Foundation’s Music Teachers of Excellence Awards dinner in Nashville, TN on April 30, 2019 and to present on their school’s innovative program to attendees at the 2019 NAfME National Conference (all-expense paid).

“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, executive director, CMA Foundation. “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.”

GAN will work with the award-winning music educators as Innovative Ambassadors to develop reporting techniques that will allow for other schools and districts to learn from the resulting models.

The 2018 Music Education Innovator Award recipients are:


The Music Education Innovator Award is judged on three criteria: Meaningful engagement with the students and geographic community, the innovation of the music program to inspire students outside the traditional music curriculum, and the teacher’s ability to plan and manage a program that can be implemented at other schools and districts around the country. 


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GIVE A NOTE Foundation 501(c)(3) provides support to nurture, grow and strengthen music education opportunities – every student, every school, and every community. Founded in 2011 with an initial investment from our partner 21th Century Fox and the TV show GLEE, Give A Note increases access to quality music education for more students, especially those in urban and rural communities where funding is scarce. Our Music Education Innovator Award recognizes teachers who have developed creative, effective in-classroom programs and provides ongoing support to encourage lasting change within a school or district. Music Teacher Notes offers teachers an opportunity to apply for funds that will enable them to serve more students and significantly improve the music education experience in their classrooms. Thanks to our music and entertainment partners, the CMA Foundation, 21st Century Fox, Radio Disney and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Give A Note has awarded grants in excess of $1.2 Million in support of music education.


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