Music & Youth Receives $20,000 Grant from CMA Foundation to Support Music Clubhouse Expansion Program

2016_CMAfoundation_GrantRecipient_MusicAndYouth_imgsizeBoston MA, December 16, 2015 — The Music & Youth Initiative is very pleased to announce a $20,000 grant from the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation. The grant will help provide support and development for our three newest Music Clubhouses located in Quincy and South Boston, Massachusetts, and Fort Worth, Texas.

Collectively, these Clubhouses are expected to provide more than 200 youth, ages 10-18, with the opportunity for high-quality music lessons. Through learning to play an instrument, write and record a song, and perform in front of an audience, the Clubhouse members will have an important vehicle for building musical skills as well as expressing themselves and building self-confidence.

“We’re extremely grateful and proud of the grant from the CMA Foundation, whose mission aligns really well with what we do,” said Music & Youth CEO, Gary Eichhorn. “The CMA Foundation grant will allow us to provide support to our three newest Music Clubhouses. As a result, many more teens will receive access to a music education that they wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

The grant to Music & Youth is part of the CMA Foundation’s annual donation to music education. The CMA Foundation grant was made possible by Country artists and fans at the CMA Music Festival.

“If it weren’t for the artists, who all perform for free during CMA Music Festival, and the thousands of fans who support the event each year, these donations would not be possible,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The CMA Foundation donates to causes that are important to our community, but every dollar is given on behalf of the artists and fans that support Music Fest each June.”

For more details about the CMA Foundation 2016 Music Education Grants, please visit:

About Music & Youth Initiative

Music & Youth Initiative ( establishes sustainable, high-quality after school music programs for underserved youth ages 10-18, through collaborations with leading Youth Development Organizations, Universities, and Corporate Partners. These “Music Clubhouse” programs are free (or for a minimal cost) to the participating youth.  Music& Youth currently has 17 Music Clubhouses, where more than 600 teens and pre-teens participate in formal contemporary music lessons every week.  Founded in 2004, Music & Youth Initiative is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

About the CMA Foundation

Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, the CMA Foundation focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music Association.

Inspiring a love for music in people around the world through the charitable giving of the Country Music community is our vision. Since its inception, the CMA Foundation has given more than $13.68 million to organizations enhancing the lives of students through the power of music. Music Education has proven to be an effective and invaluable tool by influencing student’s academic achievement, social development and increased participation in activities. Music education matters.

Without the support of the Country Music community, these efforts would not be possible.