• West End Spring Festival


    Tuesday, March 26

    5 - 7 pm

    Robert H. Williams Cultural Center (Front Lawn)

    644 Georgetown St

    Come out to the Spring Festival and learn about services and upcoming events in your community. The Festival will include a resource fair, games and inflatables, music & entertainment, book giveaway, "goodie bags", food and fun!

    *In case of rain, event will be cancelled.

  • CMA is a nonprofit partner for Railbird Festival

    CMA is a nonprofit partner for Railbird Festival

    CMA is thrilled to introduce Railbird Festival – Lexington’s brand new world class music festival that will take place August 10th & 11th on the beautiful grounds of Keeneland. A Kentucky extravaganza through and through, Railbird is centered around music, bourbon, and equine experiences. Sign up for Railbird’s newsletter and receive access to an exclusive “subscribers only” pre-sale ticket price once the lineup drops in the coming weeks, and enter their sweepstakes for a chance to win Railbird’s very first pair of tickets!

  • CMA receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts again in 2019!


    LEXINGTON, Ky. - National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Central Music Academy for the 2019 Enrollment Initiative. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grant making program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grant making and will award 972 grants in this category.

    “The arts enhance our communities and our lives and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal and to celebrate,” said Carter.

    “The Central Music Academy is so honored to receive NEA support again this year, stated Erin Walker-Bliss, director of CMA. This funding will allow us to bring a number of students from our waiting list into our programs and we can't wait to include them in private lessons, bluegrass ensemble and steel band."

    This grant will support the Central Music Academy's 2019 Enrollment Initiative, a Direct Learning project that will provide 18 financially disadvantaged youth in Lexington, Kentucky, with private music lessons, group steel band classes and a Bluegrass ensemble. CMA currently gives free musical training to 100 low-income 8-to-18-year-old students each week, with a waiting list of over 100 students. This Enrollment Initiative will allow nearly a quarter of the of the students to be pulled off that waiting list, thus enabling an entirely new group of 18 children to join other students in receiving free quality musical training from professional teaching artists at CMA.

    For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit

  • 2018 GoodGiving Challenge

    We need YOU to join us for the 2018 Good Giving Challenge! This year, the Challenge will be one week of unprecedented nonprofit giving—and it’s your chance make a real difference, right here in our community.
    If you believe that music should be accessible to all children regardless of their ability to pay, then you love the Central Music Academy! And by showing your love through the GoodGiving Challenge, you help sustain this amazing organization, which gives so much to our community. Please give between Tuesday, November 27 - Tuesday, December 4 at