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Music Advocacy

  • U2 and the Ireland Funds donating $3.2 million to music education in Ireland

    Mike Lawson | January 7, 2016

    U2 World Tour Bono and the EdgeThe Dublin-based band, who started playing together as teenagers and have steadily marched their way into rock history, have donated $2.13 million (€2 million) to make sure that Irish children have access to music education.

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  • CMA Foundation Donates $125K to Music Ed

    Mike Lawson | September 10, 2014

    The CMA Foundation’s donation to Education Through Music will benefit music education programs in NYC public schools

    Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO; Darius Rucker; Peter Pauliks, Education Through Music director of programs; Katherine Damkohler, Education Through Music executive director; performing artists Little Big Town.The CMA Foundation has donated $125,000 to benefit music education programs for New York City’s public school students through a partnership with Education Through Music, a nonprofit provider of music education to New York City schools. 

    The presentation of the grant was made Wednesday, September 4 during a press conference at the Best Buy Theater in New York to announce the final nominees for the 48th annual CMA Awards.

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  • Music Study Enhances Brain Function In At-Risk Children


    Mike Lawson | September 3, 2014

    Research shows that two years of musical training in community music programs improves auditory brain function

    A new Northwestern University study funded by the NAMM Foundation provides the first direct evidence that a community music program for at-risk youth has a biological effect on children’s developing nervous systems. Two years of music lessons improved the precision with which the children’s brains distinguished similar speech sounds, a neural process that is linked to language and reading skills.

    “This research demonstrates that community music programs can literally ‘remodel’ children’s brains in a way that improves sound processing, which could lead to better learning and language skills,” said study lead author Nina Kraus, the Hugh Knowles professor of communication sciences in the School of Communication and of neurobiology and physiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern.

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