CMA Foundation Awards Grant to IUP Community Music School

Posted on 2/2/2018 11:41:07 AM

IUP Community Music SchoolThe IUP Community Music School (IUPCMS) is thrilled to announce that it is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Country Music Association Foundation.

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.

CMA Foundation LogoThe 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.

2017–18 CMA Grant recipients imageMultiple 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, or call 724-357-4565. For information specific to the grant, e-mail