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The NAMM Foundation donated $10,000 today to the W.O. Smith Music School, which provides quality music instruction to children from low-income families. Also appearing at the press conference were former Arkansas Governor, current political talk show host and part-time bass player, Mike Huckabee and platinum recording artist and songwriter Aaron Tippin to announce a new compilation CD project to benefit music education for children across America.

 The NAMM Foundation today invited music educators and school administrators from across the United States to come to Anaheim, Calif. to experience NAMM’s fourth annual “Music Education Days,” being held on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15-16 at the 2011 NAMM Show.

A number of NAMM Members – including SABIAN, Latin Percussion, Toca, Genz Benz, Ovation, Gretsch Drums, Audio-technica, Hercules, Fender, Casio, Gibraltar, Musician’s Friend,,, Modern Drummer magazine, Guitar Player magazine, EQ magazine, Keyboard Player magazine and Bass Player magazine have joined forces to sponsor an online talent contest, which will again provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for aspiring musicians to “hit the big stage” at the 2011 NA

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) today announced the judges panel for its upcoming SchoolJam USA teen battle of the bands competition, a national program that highlights quality musical teen talent and promotes active participation in school music programs. The leading music industry veterans who will make up the judges panel and select the 2010 “Best Teen Band in the USA” at the second annual SchoolJam USA are:

No strangers to outshining the competition, top executives from Chesapeake Energy stole the spotlight in a new way on Saturday, when their company-sponsored band, "Shale Play," earned the title of the world's "Best Corporate Band" at the 10th annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands, presented by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The California Alliance for Arts Education and the Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County presented “Education, Creativity and California’s Future” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion today, Wednesday September 29th.  The forum featured celebrities including Jack Black, Ben McKenzie and others discussing arts education and asking questions of the two candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Assemblymember Tom Torlakson and Larry Aceves.  

The NAMM Foundation announced today that it sponsored and participated in the fifth annual Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance on Sept. 24, featuring a gathering of people from various professions and backgrounds who care about advancing the arts nationwide.

The NAMM Foundation announced today that it is inviting college students with music business or music education majors to attend the “Generation Next” program at the 2011 NAMM Show.  This unique program offers professional development sessions and networking opportunities to help launch their careers in the music products industry.

An elite panel of four music industry judges, comprising rock legends and music industry leaders, will select the 2010 best corporate rock band in the 10th Annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands. Presented by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the finals event will take place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Oct. 1-2 in Cleveland, Ohio.

NAMM today announced a workforce reduction affecting eight individuals in an effort to better manage costs and balance its budget.