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Country Music Association Adds Former Governor Mike Huckabee to CMA Foundation Board

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee arrives at Trump Tower on November 18, 2016, in New York City.

Country star Chris Young also joins the board.

The philanthropic leg of the Country Music Association has elected former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and country music star Chris Young to its 12-member board of directors.

The CMA Foundation works on "improving and sustaining music education programs all across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music education," according to a press release. Joe Galante, chairman of the CMA Foundation, says in the press release: “As we continue to advance social change, it’s incredibly important to continue expanding our executive board of directors with dynamic leaders.”

The foundation says they called on Huckabee -- who served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and ran to be the Republican nominee for president in 2008 and 2016 -- for his policy experience regarding education reform. And he's a fan of the genre too: In 2016, Huckabee joined Josh Turner onstage to play bass guitar at a concert.

Young's election into the board is more obvious, as he has had two albums at the No. 1 spot of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, most recently with Losing Sleep, which dropped in October. 

The CMA Foundation uses funds from its annual CMA Fest to continue to invest into the national public school system, after-school programs, summer camps and with community outreach organizations.


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