The NAMM Foundation Announces $675,000 in Grants to 28 Music-Making Programs

Mike Lawson • News • August 14, 2019

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The NAMM Foundation has announced grants to 28 music-making organizations totaling $675,000.

The beneficiaries count 21 domestic and seven international music service organizations, and each provide access to music-making opportunities across a variety of different communities and demographics. 
“Through the transformative work of these organizations, thousands of people will discover or advance their love and desires for making music ,” said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of The NAMM Foundation. “And these projects also advance new music learning experiences and capacity – all essential for creating more music makers.” 
This year, three, new beneficiaries were selected as grantees: First Nations Development Institute, Music Haven, and UCLArts & Healing. These beneficiaries, as well as the others,  were chosen as each organization’s mission aligns with the Foundation’s commitment to creating and supporting access to quality music education programs to inspire a life-long love of music-making.  
Since its inception in 1994, The NAMM Foundation’s annual grant program has donated more than $18 million in support to domestic and international music education programs, scientific research, advocacy and public service programs related to music-making. The grants are funded in part by donations from the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,400 member companies worldwide.

The NAMM Foundation applauds the work of the grantee organizations and their efforts to create a more musical world. The 2019 NAMM Foundation grantees are as follows: Anafima Associação Nacional dos Fabricantes de Instrumentos Musicais e Audio LTda (ANAFIMA), Australian Music Association, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Coalition for Music Education in Canada, Dallas Wind Symphony, EngAGE, Inc.,  First Nations Development Institute, Guitars and Accessories Marketing Association, Guitars in the Classroom, Little Kids Rock, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Music For All, Musical Futures International, Inc., Music Haven, National Guild for Community Arts Education, National Piano Foundation, National String Project Consortium, Notes for Change, Inc., Orchestre a’ L’Ecole, Percussion Marketing Council, Percussive Arts Society, San Diego Youth Symphony, SongwritingWith: Soldiers, The Sphinx Organization, Inc., Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME),  UCLArts & Healing, Save the Music Foundation (formerly VH1 Save the Music Foundation), Young Audiences Arts for Learning.

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