Frankie Ballard helps CMA Foundation, Chevy open Detroit Notes for Notes
Frankie Ballard joined forces Wednesday in Detroit with the CMA Foundation, Chevrolet and Warner Music Nashville to officially open a new Notes for Notes recording studio at the Sports Academics Youth Detroit Play Center.
Chevrolet contributed additional funds to the CMA Foundation’s commitment to building the recording studio in Motor City. With construction now complete, the studio will open in time for students returning to school. Notes for Notes funds the construction of recording studios in Boys and Girls Clubs and other facilities across the U.S.
“I have a lot of history here,” said Ballard, a native of nearby Battle Creek, Mich. “I grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Western Michigan University before moving to Nashville to pursue my dream. “It’s an honor to be back home and play a role in paying it forward for the children in our community.”
Ballard arrived in a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, rolled out the red carpet and delivered guitars to the studio. Children guided Ballard on a tour of the recording space before he performed to officially launch the creative music space.
“Through our partnership with Notes for Notes and Chevrolet, we’re extremely thrilled to bring Music City to Motor City in the form of this state-of-the-art recording studio for the community’s youth,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
“This marks our 11th studio location,” said Philip Gilley, Notes for Notes Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. “With the rich musical heritage of Detroit, this studio will provide resources for a new generation of Motown hitmakers, producers, and other music industry professionals.”
The CMA Foundation receives the bulk of the funding to support these and other programs from CMA Music Festival. To date, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $11 million to the worthy cause of music education on behalf of the artists who perform at CMA Music Festival each summer for free.
The CMA Foundation made an initial donation to the Nashville Notes for Notes chapter and committed additional funds to expand the program in several markets including Atlanta, Brooklyn, Detroit and San Francisco in 2015.
For more information, visit CMAfoundation.org.