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A Lexington nonprofit providing free music education to financially-disadvantaged families

“Music saves lives.”--Joshua Santana, co-founder of CMA

Joshua Santana, who grew up in Spanish Harlem, knows that playing the clarinet saved his life. Having access to music helped him resist the pull of drugs and other dangers in his environment. A longtime lawyer and active member of the Lexington community, he wanted local children to have the same opportunities that he had.


Central Music Academy was created in 2004 to give children from low-income homes the opportunities to grow and become their best selves through free musical instruction.

Please help us meet a $30,000 Matching Grant Challenge by June 30.

Every gift—of any amount—deeply impacts our students and community. We gratefully ask you to help give the gift of music by donating online or by calling 859-221-2190.

Numbers since 2004

  • 30,000 free lessons 
  • 900 students
  • 100% graduation rate
  • 98% go on to college, often with scholarships


  • 120 students enrolled
  • 60+ on the waiting list

CMA inspires futures, one lesson at a time.             

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