NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Grammy-nominee Kelsea Ballerini announced a $1 million donation from the CMA Foundation to help benefit music education in Metro schools.
The announcement was made Tuesday morning in Oliver Middle School’s band room. The band performed prior to the announcement.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry was also in attendance and spoke briefly.
Before announcing the donation, Ballerini addressed the middle school’s band directly.
“Music does make us, it does,” she said. “From the beginning of the day until the end of the day, it makes us and it all starts when you are young – in elementary school, in middle school and in high school – these are the times of your life that kind of defines who you are, what you are passionate about and discovering that for the first time. For me it was music.”
At the end of the Tuesday’s check presentation, band members listened as Ballerini played guitar and sang.
The CMA Foundation has donated $17.5 million to music education nation-wide. Eleven million has gone to Metro Nashville Public Schools.