Nicole Rosales , KVUE 10:45 PM. CDT March 19, 2016
AUSTIN -- Austin's rich art culture has attracted one of the biggest organizations in music -- the CMA Foundation.
The group is working to bring a state of the art recording studio to highlighting student talent in a non-traditional format.
"I know what music made me feel growing up, and how attached to it I was and how much a part of everything that I felt,” CMA award winner and songwriter Shane McAnally said.
McAnally works with the foundation, which has donated more than 13 million dollars across the nation toward music education.
This year East Austin was chosen for its latest project.
"Arts education is really the first to be dissolved really in a school system so this is our way to ensure students are getting that quality access." CMA Foundation Community Outreach Manager Tiffany Kernes.
"It's their way to have one on one attention,” McAnally said. “And a lot of times you don't get encouraged in music that is actually the kind you listen to."
As part of the announcement Saturday, CMA Award Winner Kacey Musgraves along with McAnally held a Q&A that help give insight to music production and how to break into the industry.
"Even though they've grown up in Austin and been around in the Live Music Capital, a lot of them never even been to a concert, been in a recording studio or even ask how any of it works,” Musgrave said.
She believes it's vital students take advantage of their resources, like Ty Grubb, a student at UT. Grubb volunteered to sing a duet with Musgraves on stage, McAnally feels having courage to put yourself out there is what helps artists get discovered.
"I couldn't look her in the eye because I kept smiling, I couldn't believe it but I've been a big fan of hers for a while,” Grubb said.
The program is aimed to inspire young artists to pursue their passions, Kernes says music is the key to well-rounded education.