The CMA Foundation has elected former Governor of Arkansas and current Republican pundit Mike Huckabee to their board of directors. Huckabee wrote an impassioned op-ed in the New York Times last year urging the President, to reconsider their drastic budget cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts. The President ignored his plea, but that doesn’t mean Huckabee isn’t still fighting for music education. With the CMA Foundation, he can now create the changes he hopes to see.
In his op-ed, Huckabee clearly stated who he was fighting for: “the kids in poverty for whom NEA programs may be their only chance to learn to play an instrument, test-drive their God-given creativity and develop a passion for those things that civilize and humanize us all.”
Without sponsored music education children in poor communities would suffer, he argued.
He went on to describe the benefits of music education– higher SAT scores, increased performance in mathematics, spatial reasoning, and an increased likelihood of completing high school.
“Creativity finds cures for diseases creates companies such as Apple and Microsoft and, above all, makes our culture more livable,” Huckabee added.
Alongside the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, Huckabee no longer has to wait for Congress or the President to act. He will be able to work to accomplish the CMA Foundation’s stated goals of “improving and sustaining music education programs” so that “every child has the opportunity to participate in music education.”