Scotty McCreery to host Keep the Music Playing fundraiser

Scotty McCreery to host Keep the Music Playing fundraiser (Image 1)

The fourth annual Keep the Music Playing concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center honors the best musicians in Metro Nashville Public Schools.
So far, the Keep the Music Playing program has donated $6.1 million. That money has been used to purchase more than 4,000 instruments, build music labs, provide sound and lighting equipment and provide opportunities in music education for kids in the Nashville community.

Tuesday night, with the help of artist Scotty McCreery, the Country Music Association will announce how much money they raised last year thanks to the CMA Music Festival.

According to CMA, when the program began it had been more than 30 years since new instruments had been purchased for Metro Schools. Children were turned away from music programs because there weren't enough.

Franklin Norris, Band Director at Meigs Academic Magnet School, told Nashville's News 2 that they have received multiple new instruments due to the program.

“We've had at least five new tubas come into the building, which really helps that end of the bass section, euphoniums, F horns, trombones… things of that nature, plus a lot of percussion equipment has been coming as well,” Norris said.

The program also credits music for keeping kids in school, citing studies that show that students who participate in the arts are more likely to graduate.

Metro's performing arts students have a 98 percent graduation rate compared to 78 percent for the general population.

Keep the Music Playing is Tuesday night at the Schermerhorn.

A reception starts at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free and seating is first come, first serve.

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