Hunter Hayes will appear Monday night (Nov. 17) in Roanoke, Virginia, to help celebrate the completion of funding for music programs in the city’s public school system.
The CMA Foundation, a nonprofit agency operated by the Country Music Association, provided a $100,000 grant to complete a campaign created by the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
Hayes will be the special guest at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre during a concert showcasing the talents of 450 student musicians representing the elementary, middle and high school instrumental music programs from throughout Roanoke City Public Schools. David Stewart Wiley, music director and conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the high school orchestra.
Hayes will talk about the impact of music in his life and the importance of keeping music education programs in schools.
The CMA Foundation’s grant culminates a five-year project to provide access to instrumental music education programs in Roanoke. Musical instruments valued at $510,000 have been provided to 17 schools.
“The CMA Foundation is very proud to be part of this important initiative,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said. “We are excited to partner with VH1 to help bring music education programs to students in Roanoke and hopefully create in these students a lifelong appreciation for music.”
“Roanoke City Public Schools is an exciting success story,” said VH1 Save the Music Foundation vice president and executive director Paul Cothran. “Through a successful partnership with the district, we have met our goal together by ensuring that every child in Roanoke has equity in access to music education. With great support from our parent companies Viacom and VH1 along with generous commitments from the CMA Foundation and the Foundation for Roanoke Valley, instrumental music has been returned to the final five remaining schools with need.”
To date, the CMA Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to organizations that support music education across the nation. The funds are donated on behalf of the artists who participate in CMA Music Festival each June, meeting fans and performing for free.