CMA EDU is a career development program offered to a select group of students who have demonstrated a drive to succeed in the music industry. Our programming, which consists of coveted mentorships and access to exciting, real-world music industry opportunities, empowers students to step into their careers with composure, knowing they are supported by mentors, program leaders at CMA, and music industry experts.

As a renowned organization backed by the Country Music Association, students who enter the industry having completed our program stand out for their unique perspectives and unmatched familiarity with the industry. At the heart of CMA EDU, we are connectors, guiding and championing the next generation of music industry professionals into the spotlight.


How can I apply?

Applications open in the summer and close late in the fall for the next year’s program year. To apply, you’ll need to upload a resume, cover letter, and 2 references, along with some information about yourself and a few short answer questions. If selected, the program is completely free.

You are eligible to apply for the program if you are:

  • Passionate about the music industry and pursuing a career within the industry
  • Pursuing any type of post-secondary or higher education, including an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, a doctorate degree, any type of certificate, etc. Students at colleges, universities, trade schools, community colleges, and vocational schools are all eligible. These guidelines are intended to be flexible and provide pathways to students regardless of their educational situation.




If you’re interested in staying in touch and learning more about our student opportunities, we encourage you to sign up for our free Student Tier of membership!


Register as an Alumnus

If you have graduated as a CMA EDU member, register as an alumnus! We communicate regularly with job & networking opportunities, professional development resources, and other important news. Our alumni also have the opportunity to apply to become a mentor to a future CMA EDU class.