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  • 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