NAMM and Yamaha Present $330,000 Check to Charities

July 18, 2003

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, and Yamaha today awarded a check for $330,000 to NAMM’s nonprofit charities benefiting from The 2003 NAMM Concert Honoring Sir Elton John, presented by Yamaha.

The proceeds from the concert, which was held in Anaheim, Calif., during the 2003 NAMM Show in January, were given to the American Music Conference (AMC), the International Foundation for Music Research (IFMR), the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and the Museum of Making Music to support their missions of music education and research.

The presentation took place at the 2003 NAMM Summer Session Chairman’s Reception where Steve West, chairman, NAMM, announced that the event raised the most money in NAMM’s history and called to the stage Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM; Terry Lewis, senior vice president, Yamaha Corporation of America; Chris Gero, corporate director of artist affairs, Yamaha Corporation of America; and Yoshi Doi, president, Yamaha Canada Music.

About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America manufactures a complete line of musical instruments, professional audio products, customer-driven support products and computer-based products targeted to both the amateur and professional markets.

About AMC
The American Music Conference is dedicated to promoting the importance of music, music making and music education to the general public. For more information about AMC and this new partnership, visit

About IFMR
The International Foundation for Music Research (IFMR) was founded in 1997 to support scientific research to explore the relationship between music and physical and emotional wellness, with particular attention to the elderly population, the impact of music making on at-risk youth, and music education and the effect of music and music making. IFMR also convenes scientists, educators and others around critical issues in music research and disseminates research through its publication, IFMR News, and various online research referral services and archives. For more information about IFMR, interested parties should visit

About Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation supports music education and its many benefits through the donation and repair of musical instruments to underserved schools, community music programs and individual students nationwide. For more information, interested parties should visit

About the Museum of Making Music
The mission of the Museum of Making Music is to celebrate the rich history and encourage the future of music making. The one-of-a-kind museum invites all NAMM Members to tour the museum FREE of charge. Located in the NAMM Industry Headquarters in beautiful Carlsbad, Calif., the museum is a great way to experience firsthand the impact of the music products industry over the last 100 years. For more information about the museum or its activities, interested parties should call 877.551.9976 or visit