Suzy Bogguss performed with an elementary school choir.
Chris Young performed his No. 1 hit "You" with two students during the concert.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Country Music Association is helping thousands of students learn music in school to the tune of $1.4 million.
The group donated proceeds from the 2011 CMA Music Festival through its "Keep the Music Playing" campaign, benefiting music education programs in Nashville public schools. Country music's biggest stars performed for free at the annual festival in Nashville.
The donation was announced at a reception Tuesday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center before the third CMA Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert. The event was hosted by country star Chris Young.
Young said music education is a big part of his success.
"I took a guitar class, I was in choir all through high school so I think all of that stuff paid off really big and kind of helped me find other things that I wouldn't have found on my own and then also you know the practice," Young said.
Young performed his No. 1 hit "You" with two students during the concert, and singer Suzy Bogguss performed with an elementary school choir.