NAMM Foundation gives away $675,000 in grants

NAMM Foundation gives away $675,000 in grants

The NAMM Foundation has announced that 24 different music education programs will benefit from grants amounting to $675,000 this year, an increase made possible by NAMM Foundation donors. The beneficiaries, located in the USA and abroad, provide access and instruction to a variety of different communities and demographics. NAMM says: ‘While unique in instrumentation and location, each organization’s mission underscores the Foundation’s commitment to creating and supporting access to quality music education programs to inspire a life-long love of music making’.

‘From France to Brazil, to Canada and Great Britain and beyond, the recipients of our grants are working to create access and opportunities for all people to experience the joy of making music,’ stated Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation. ‘It is through the transformative work of non-profit music service organizations that thousands of people will discover their own musical talents.’

Since its inception in 1994, The NAMM Foundation’s annual grant program has donated more than $16 million in support to US and international music education programs, scientific research, advocacy and public service programmes related to music making.  The grants are funded in part by donations from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and its 10,300 member companies worldwide.

The UK beneficiary is Music For All, which will use The NAMM Foundation grant to align its Learn to Play Day in 2017 with the global Make Music Day UK music events and to expand the reach and ambition of the project. As part of an expanding NAMM-member-led network, Music for All will also share its community event resources with MI organizations in Brazil, Spain and Germany.


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