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Chris Young Presents $1.4 Million Check from the CMA to Support Music Education

Image courtesy of Randee St. Nicholas (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Randee St. Nicholas (via ABC News Radio)

Chris Young was on hand at the third CMA Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert in Nashville Tuesday night to present a $1.4 million check from the CMA to go towards music education in Music City. The money comes from proceeds raised at the CMA Music Festival.

"As a musician, I'm all excited because we're playing out there in front of 50, 55 thousand people," Chris says of the festival. "We turn around and months later there's a check being written from us getting to have fun as musicians to help younger musicians." Chris performed hit latest hit, "You," with a few of the students at the event, which included an entire evening of student performances.

Some $1.2 million of the donation from the CMA Keep the Music Playing campaign goes directly to music education programs in the Nashville area. Says Chris,  "It's basically like, here, go make sure kids have good musical instruments. Make sure they have what they need to do to really have that in their school."

Another $200,000 goes to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Words & Music program, which provides assistance in teaching the basics of songwriting to language arts and music instructors.

Overall, the CMA's Keep the Music Playing campaign has donated more than $6.1 million to music education in public schools since it started in 2006.

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