Eric Paslay will host the CMA’s Fifth Annual Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert featuring some of Nashville’s best student musicians on January 28 at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The concert honors the brightest music groups from Metro Nashville Public Schools who have benefited from CMA’s Keep the Music Playing music education initiative.
“CMA’s support of music education is so important and I am honored to be part of this special event,” Eric said. “Music was such a huge part of my childhood and I was lucky to have teachers and family who encouraged me. I can’t wait to see these talented students perform.”
The event will feature performances from five Nashville school groups including Hillwood High School Wind Ensemble; Hull-Jackson Montessori Strings; Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet and Martin Luther King Academic Magnet School Strings; John F. Kennedy Middle School Choir and Concert Band; and the McGavock High School Capital Sounds Show Choir.
“This concert is all about celebrating the next generation of musicians,” Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said. “It is a special night made possible by the hundreds of artists who performed at the 2013 CMA Music Festival for free. These children are able to enjoy a first-class music education program because of the generosity of our artist community and the commitment of The CMA Foundation to support music education in our schools.”
Since 2006, proceeds from CMA Music Festival have been donated to Keep the Music Playing to provide Metro Nashville Public Schools with much needed musical instruments and music labs. To date, CMA has donated more than $7.6 million to the cause, including $6.5 million donated directly to Metro Nashville Public Schools on behalf of the artists who make appearances and perform at the yearly event.
CMA will announce the 2013 CMA Music Festival financial contribution to Keep the Music Playing during a private reception for Metro Nashville Public Schools music and choir directors before the concert.