Nathan Zamarron, LexArts: The Central Music Academy is a treasured organization in Lexington that provides much needed music education to youth in Fayette County. As the United Arts Fund for Central Kentucky, LexArts has provided Community Arts Development Grant funding to the Central Music Academy in support of their effort to provide free music lessons to youth whose families otherwise could not afford it. CMA has consistently delivered high quality arts education and has achieved the goals they set for each grant period. I have no doubt that they will successfully implement the activities that they propose in the grant application. The music education provided by the Central Music Academy has had a major impact on the lives of many at-risk youth in our city. By reaching youth at such a young age, the Central Music Academy builds self confidence and interest in the arts and education that carry positive benefits throughout their development into young adults.
Elias Gross, owner of IRV Creative + Consulting, CMA violin/viola instructor: CMA works its wonders on a staff of only three dedicated individuals. As an arts administration professional, I understand the difficulties of executing such a robust program for over one-hundred deserving students in our community. The efficacy of the CMA staff in facilitating quality music education can only be described as truly amazing. Each and every student that walks through our doors leaves knowing they have a long list of arts professionals cheering for them in every aspect of their lives. I see the quiet confidence of our students grow in every warm chat with teachers, and on stage in front of all of their biggest fans.
Barbara Fischer, Blue Grass Foundation: For over ten years, Central Music Academy has brought high-quality music education to economically disadvantaged children who live in Lexington, Kentucky, offering both private lessons and group classes at no cost. The Community Foundation is proud to be a long-time supporter of Central Music Academy. Since 2004, the Community Foundation has awarded Central Music Academy 14 grants totaling over $62,000. The majority of these grants were awarded through a highly-competitive application process overseen by an independent review committee. In every instance, CMA accomplished its projects with the highest standards of artistic excellence and professionalism. CMA has also received support from other competitive funders including the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to supporting the finest arts organizations in Kentucky. In 2011 , the Little Foundation awarded $100,000 to Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington for the 2020 Music Project, to provide private music and voice lessons and musical instruments for 100 low-income students. Members of the Little Foundation's grant review board included professional artists and musicians, educators, and executive directors of arts organizations. All expressed complete support for this project in large part because the Central Music Academy would provide the musical instruction. Thanks to Central Music Academy, many students who might never have had the opportunity to play an instrument or sing in a choir have been accepted into the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra or, in some cases, are now in college majoring in music.