Nashville School of Arts’ “Guitar Lab Renovation” to Kick-off

with Student, Staff and Family Concerts from Hunter Hayes on Wednesday, October 4

 Hayes to be joined by NSA students on Friday, October 6 at the Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash

Tenn. – Five-time GRAMMY© nominee Hunter Hayes, with support from
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., has generously gifted $100,000 to the
CMA Foundation to fully renovate the well-worn music room at the
Nashville School of the Arts, home to 621 students in Davidson County.
Hayes has always supported and noted the importance of having a
dedicated workspace in schools for students to bolster their creative

“I’ve always loved what music and charity organizations can do together,
and I believe every child should have a place in school that allows
them to discover more about their passions and be creative,” shared
Hayes. “Thanks to the support of Samsung, CMA Foundation and numerous
sponsors, we are able to help restore the Nashville School of the Arts
guitar lab and give the students the necessary tools to practice and
grow as musicians and artists.”

The month-long renovation to create a state-of-the-art guitar lab and recording studio kicks-off on Wednesday, October 4 with two performances for the entire school and community by Hayes at the Nashville School of the Arts.

An ambassador for the school’s music program, Hayes will not only be
restoring their guitar lab but also creating a working recording studio
thanks in large part to generous partners. Once the build is complete,
Hayes, with help from the CMA Foundation, will implement a masterclass
series, inviting fellow industry colleagues, artists and friends to
mentor students in the music program.

“Through our Samsung Gives platform, our corporate citizenship
initiative, we strive to celebrate ‘doers’ – people on a quest to make a
positive impact in their community,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of
Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “As part of our
ongoing relationship with Hunter Hayes, we are proud to support the CMA
Foundation in their mission to improve and sustain music education and
help give the students at NSA a place to help build their creativity as
aspiring artists.”

“Music education is a foundational element to a child’s development,”
said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “It teaches them to
collaborate and builds their confidence, which opens doors for future
opportunities. The CMA Foundation is glad to be partnering with Hunter
again. We appreciate his commitment to furthering music education in
students’ lives.”

Hayes will also perform as part of The Grand Ole Opry’s 92nd Birthday Bash where he is enlisting NSA students to join him on the Opry’s hallowed stage for two performances.

“Nashville School of the Arts is profoundly grateful for Hunter Hayes.
His generosity in providing the new recording studio will allow our
students to develop their remarkable talents as performs and future
music industry leaders,” said Nashville School of the Arts’ Executive
Principle Dr. Gregory Stewart. “Without exception, everyone involved in
the project has worked tirelessly to make Hunter’s vision a reality. The
CMA Foundation Board and Tiffany Kerns continue to model what a true
private/public partnership should be. The support CMA provides Music
Makes Us, our music program in MNPS, and NSA specifically affords our
students opportunities that couldn’t exist otherwise. Country artists
are the most generous people anywhere and we are very fortunate to live
in Music City, USA.”


Hailed as a “force to be reckoned with” by the Huffington Post,
multiple-award-winner Hunter Hayes is a singer, songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist who roared onto the music scene with his 2x
multi-platinum, No. 1 self-titled debut album and chart-topping
sophomore album, Storyline, on Atlantic Records / Warner Music
Nashville. With three No. 1 singles under his belt (the multi-platinum
smash “Wanted,” double-platinum “I Want Crazy” and platinum-selling
“Somebody’s Heartbreak”), Hayes continues to surprise fans with new
releases such as “Yesterday’s Song” and his latest, “Rescue,” which
inspired his NSA school renovation. In addition to his GRAMMY
nominations, the multi-instrumentalist has tallied over 40 award
nominations and wins including the People’s Choice Award for Favorite
Male Country Artist in 2015 and the CMA Awards’ coveted New Artist of
The Year trophy in 2012.

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CMA created the nonprofit 501(c)(3) CMA Foundation in 2011. Guided by
the generosity of the Country Music community, the CMA Foundation
focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere
while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music
Association. In 2017, the CMA Foundation earmarked a record $3.1 million
to 44 in- and after-school music education programs across the country,
bringing the Foundation’s total contributions to date to more than
$17.5 million, touching the lives of one million students. For more
information, visit , the CMA Foundation official Facebook page, and the CMA Foundation YouTube channel.


Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America,
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