NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The red carpet was rolled out Tuesday night for 30 music educators across the U.S, as the CMA Foundation holds its fourth annual Music Teachers of Excellence Awards at Marathon Music Works.
The event is all about celebrating music teachers and their mission of educating children.
Three-time CMA awards winner Dierks Bentley is hosting the event to honor 10 teachers from Metro Nashville public schools, 10 from the state of Tennessee and 10 from across the U.S.
Dierks was set to perform for the teachers along with some students from Granbery Elementary.
Kelsea Ballerina, Kix brook and Chris young are some of the stars in attendance at the event.
The Executive Director of the CMA Foundation tells News 2 life-changing stories will be shared as the teachers wine and dine.
“It is about us really making sure that these teachers know how important they are to education, but how important they are to the wellbeing of a child’s educational journey. You know I think sometimes teachers aren’t really thanked or appreciated or they feel that they are not appreciated so tonight is about making sure that they remember why they went into the teaching profession, to begin with, you are having a lasting impact on your students and it’s not work. We want them to truly come enjoy themselves, but also we hope that we inspire them, that we talk through the lens, that we know exactly what they are going through and as a grantmaker in their space that we are doing all we can to support them,” Tiffany Kerns explained.
The teachers had to apply for the award. Each will be given $2500 for their classrooms and a $2500 gift.
The CMA Foundation has invested more than $25 million across the national public school system.
Half of the proceeds from CMA Fest go to the foundation.