CMA Songwriters Series Presented By U.s. Bank Announces Phoenix Performance

CMA Foundation and U.S. Bank to Visit Phoenix Conservatory of Music in Support of  
Music Education

August 17, 2019

PHOENIX, AZ — The Country Music Association’s acclaimed CMA Songwriters Series Presented by  U.S. Bank has announced a performance in Phoenix at Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Repertory Theater Wednesday, Aug. 21 featuring  Ingrid Andress, Marti Lynn Dodson,  Mickey Guyton, Jillian Jacqueline and Liz Rose. 

The series hosts an intimate round of performances with some of Country Music’s top songwriters taking turns sharing the stories behind their hit songs and performing them as originally written. Tickets for the performance start at $23 plus service fees and are available through Mesa Arts Center. $1 of each ticket sold will benefit the CMA Foundation, CMA’s philanthropic arm, which is committed to improving and sustaining high quality music education programs across the United States. 

While in Phoenix, the CMA Foundation and U.S. Bank will visit with students and teachers from the Phoenix Conservatory of Music (PCM) to participate in a Songwriting Master Class with Nashville songwriters prior to their CMA Songwriters Series show at The Mesa Arts Center that evening.   PCMis a grantee of the CMA Foundation that aspires to be the leading music education provider for school-age children across the Metro Phoenix area and provide programming that enriches the lives, minds and hearts of the entire community. The CMA Foundation works to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music education by investing in the national public-school system, after school programs, summer camps and community outreach organizations.   

Through the U.S. Bank and CMA Foundation partnership, including a portion of the $250,000 grant from U.S. Bank’s Community Possible giving and engagement platform to the CMA Foundation, PCM will be able to launch a year-long project focused on supporting Metro Phoenix music educators through professional development, networking opportunities and capacity building. 

The Aug. 21 CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank show will also include a special performance by Phoenix Conservatory of Music’s College Prep Program students, Baily Claywell accompanied by Michael Rodriguez.  Claywell is a 16-year-old vocalist and songwriter from Phoenix, AZ.  Claywell is a Junior at Xavier College Prep and is an active participant in the Phoenix Conservatory of Music’s College Prep program.  She is looking to continue her training when she heads off to college and wants to major in Commercial Music with an additional emphasis in music business, songwriting and audio production.  Her partner in collaboration is Michael Rodriguez, a 16-year-old Junior and an active participant in PCM’s College Prep Program.  He will be continuing his training in composition and piano performance during his college experience.    Together, they will be performing an original student composed song “I Will Rise” composed and performed by Claywell and Rodriguez.  

The CMA Foundation and U.S. Bank will visit three additional cities this year – including Albuquerque, Minneapolis and Portland – to provide deserving programs with much needed music education enrichment. 

About the CMA Foundation
Established in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation is committed to improving and sustaining high-quality music education programs across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music education. Through strategic partnerships, professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested more than $25 million across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps and community outreach organizations. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, proceeds from CMA Fest, the four-day long music festival held annually in Nashville, are used to power the CMA Foundation’s social impact and unique model of giving.

About U.S. Bank 
U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $482 billion in assets as of June 30, 2019, is the parent  company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2019 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S.  Bank at or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.

About Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Phoenix Conservatory of Music, a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winner, a 2015 Governor’s Arts Award Winner, and 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award Winner,  provides a continuum of high quality music education and experiences to hundreds of students annually, with programs ranging from introductory level in-house education programs and after school programs to more advanced private lessons and the most prestigious College Prep Program for contemporary music education in the state: The Berklee College of Music’s City Music Network and P.U.L.S.E. programs.  They are a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality music education that is affordable and accessible.  They receive contributed income to make sure that all students have access to music education, regardless of their socio-economic status and were granted status as a Qualifying Charitable Organization for the Arizona State Tax Credit.  Since the inception of PCM’s College Prep Program in 2010, the program is providing a pathway for students to achieve their dreams- one note at a time.  To learn more, please visit or call 602.353.9900.


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