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317 Main Community Music Center Awarded 2020 Grant to Support Music Education Programs in Portland Public Schools

Yarmouth, ME.​ – February, 2020 – 317 Main Community Music Center has been selected as a 2020 CMA Foundation grant recipient for its continued efforts and commitment to music education. The CMA Foundation is a national nonprofit working to enrich music education programs across the country and to ensure every child has access to a high-quality music education. 317 Main Community Music Center will use the funds to collaborate with Portland Public School teachers, administrators, and other community organizations (Portland Public Library and LearningWorks) to provide free, high-quality, small-group music instruction within the district.

“Our Partnership Programs throughout the Public School System bring so much joy and creativity to students’ lives,” said Alicia Phelps, 317 Main’s Partnership Program Coordinator. “This support from the CMA Foundation is integral to continuing to bring the highest quality musical experiences possible for all students, regardless of the barriers to access they face in and outside of school.”

Grant funds will be used to support various programs including year-long violin instruction for 3rd graders at East End Community School, songwriting and digital music intensives for teens, and a variety of after-school programs for elementary students. These funds will also be used to dive deeper into the needs of students and teachers in the Portland Public School District, to determine how to best support students in accessing well-rounded educational experiences while helping districts achieve their academic goals.

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High quality music education opportunities can make a critical difference in the social and developmental development of children and teens. Those enrolled in music typically go on to see an increase in test scores across core subjects, higher graduation rates, and a greater likelihood of post-secondary success.

“Providing opportunities for students to thrive through music is crucial to helping shape our next generation,” said Tiffany Kerns, Executive Director, CMA Foundation. “The CMA Foundation is more focused than ever before to positively impact entire school communities by providing the necessary resources, support and funding to music programs like 317 Main’s Partnership Program in our effort to inspire students to be creative, collaborative, forward-thinking leaders.”

Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, the CMA Foundation’s mission is funded through net proceeds from CMA Fest, a four-day music festival held in Nashville, TN each summer.


About the CMA Foundation​ Established in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation is committed to improving and sustaining music education programs across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music education. Through strategic partnerships, professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested more than $27 million across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps and community outreach organizations. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, proceeds from CMA Fest, the four-day long music festival held annually in Nashville, are used to power the CMA Foundation’s social impact and unique model of giving. For more information visit

About 317 Main Community Music Center ​317 Main’s mission is to encourage creative expression, personal growth and community connection through music. We bring this mission to life through private and group lessons, ensembles, jams, dances, workshops, concerts, festivals and a lively music-filled weekly farmers market. We also run tuition-free music programs with schools and nonprofits across southern Maine thanks to incredible partners like the CMA Foundation.