Country Music Foundation
Rating: 1 stars 1 1 review 219
Issues: Arts & Culture
Location: 222 Fifth Avenue South Nashville TN 37203 USA
Programs: SCHOOL PROGRAMS: CMF presents a full slate of school and public programs throughout the year, adding depth to the stories told in our galleries. They are designed to assist teachers in addressing Tennessee State and national curriculum standards in science, social studies, music and language arts. CMF enjoys a close relationship with Metro Nashville Public Schools curriculum coordinators in a number of disciplines. Programs focus on music, history, costume design, musical instruments, and architecture. School visits can be customized and often combine a student program with a guided exhibition tour, which are small group and discussion-based, allowing students to make meaningful connections between the material and their own lives. In 2009, CMF partnered with MNPS, the Nashville Symphony and thirty-seven other organizations to offer 181 on- and off- site programs, including Shapes, Sound Holes and Strings; Cool Costumes; Making Waves at Studio B; Is it a Fiddle or a Violin? and Family Tradition. School programs drew close to 10,000 student and teacher visits from nineteen counties throughout Tennessee. CMF's cornerstone program, Words & Music, celebrated its 30th anniversary and utilized a newly developed Teachers Guide. In July, 2009, Words & Music was spotlighted in the White House Music Series: A Country Music Celebration.
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The Country Music Foundation has sold Charity Navigator a bill of goods.
While supposedly "The mission of the CMF is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences," nothing could be further from the truth!
I am a print and broadcast entertainment journalist of 40 years' experience. I am the sole author of three published country-music books and have been a contributor to several others. No one working in the field today can match my credentials nor is better positioned to tell the CMF's story.
During my earliest years in Nashville. writing for Country Song Roundup, I had a very cordial working relationship with the Country Music Foundation,
That relationship ended suddenly for no apparent reason. Were the CMF a private entity, its blacklisting could perhaps be justified. As is, as a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Foundation not only refuses to invite me to its media functions and thereby "educate" my audiences by reporting whatever positive news it generates, it has refused to stock my books in its gift shop (despite the fact that the Hall of Fme gift shop prides itself in stocking all manner of country-music titles, including the most obscure\).
It has always been my desire that my 40-year collection of priceless recorded interviews with country-music legends, one-of-a-kind photographs of these folks (many of which have never been published), and various limited-edition memorabilia find a home with the Country Music Foundation.
Incredibly, the CMF has rejected these donations!
Further, it has put obstacles in my place when I ask that its 990s be made available for public inspection and encouraged its attorney to harass me.
Where it would have been pragmatic to perhaps ask for an apology, if warranted, accept one if received, forgive, forget and move on, the CMF chose the low road, culminating in my being physically assaulted by one of its officials. Because my physical injury was minimal and because the perpetrator agreed to mediation, I did not press the criminal charges that would have resulted in her arrest after documenting the particulars with a CMF security guard.
However, when other Foundation officials joined the assailant in refusing cooperation with the mediator I was forced to press civil charges.
I regret that this action was necessary but as, I have chronicled on my Web site, these actions are part of pattern of behavior that should not only concern donors, it should result in a loss of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's accreditation by the American Association of Museums and in the CMF's privileged tax status being revoked.
Links in support of my statements and the CMF's other appalling, nonprofessional behavior may be found at:
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
its power to evidently convince Charity Navigator not to post this review the first time it was submitted. This censorship has yet to be duly noted in my Media Watchdog report.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Restore accountability to the rubber-stamp Board