Networking Opportunities

NAMM members attending The 2018 NAMM Show are encouraged to connect with NAMM Foundation partners, grantees, and nonprofits while at the show. 

Click on an organization name below to find contact information.

  • Alchemy Sky Foundation

    Alchemy Sky Foundation
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    The Alchemy Sky Foundation brings the healing power of music to those who need it.
    We partner with organizations in the community along with a broad network of music
    and health professionals to create needs-based programs for our clients.

    Contact info:
    Jaye Budd

  • American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers (ASMAC)

    American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers (ASMAC)
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    A.S.M.A.C. is an acronym for the “American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers”. The society was formed in 1938 with Robert Russell Bennett as its first President. Its original title was A.S.M.A. The word “Composers” was added to the organization’s name in the late 1980’s. A.S.M.A.C. is an organization whose mission is to promote the arts of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

    Contact info:
    Milton Nelson

  • Americans for the Arts

    Americans for the Arts
    NAMM Foundation Partner

    Americans for the Arts' mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.

    Contact info:
    Jeff Poulin


    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The Brazilian Musical Instruments and Audio Industry Association is led by a mission of creating more musicians. The charity was formed by the ANAFIMA to channel resources directly into creating more music makers. The NAMM Foundation funding will support its efforts to expand National Play Day in 2018 offering free lessons through a network of music stores and companies. A grant will also support promotional efforts through an expanded website and PR outreach to promote the benefits of making music and National Play Day events and music learning opportunities.

    Contact Info:
    Daniel Neves

  • Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation

    Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    A state-of-the art destination venue where every event is a fundraiser to help Arcadia Unified School District launch arts education in all elementary schools.

    Contact info:
    Anthony Sigman-Lowery

  • Arts Education Partnership

    Arts Education Partnership
    NAMM Foundation Partner

    The Arts Education Partnership of the Council of Chief of State School Officers is dedicated to securing a high-quality arts education for every young person in America.

    Contact Info:
    Jane Best

  • ASPIRE Creative Arts Program

    ASPIRE Creative Arts Program
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    ASPIRE Creative Arts Program was founded on the belief that individuals with intellectual disabilities hold an incredible amount of untapped potential, and can rise to high levels of social, intellectual, and artistic success with proper guidance and support.  With more than 45 years of combined experience serving adults with intellectual disabilities, Janice Reyes and Kim Kosaki have created a day program that embodies their respect and devotion to this population.

    Contact info:
    Kirstie Gallacher-Ang

  • Australian Music Association

    Australian Music Association
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The Australian Music Association is the trade body for the music products industry, representing wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers and associated services for musical instruments, pro audio, print music, lighting and computer music products. The NAMM Foundation funding supports the expansion of AMA’s commitment to Recreational Music Making and the organization’s Young Warriors program. This outreach and youth development effort is organized in collaboration with regional mental health professionals and youth workers who operate rock bands and hands-on music technology learning in store fronts and community centers. Funding will also support the 2018 Make Music Day Australia.

    Contact Info:
    Rob Walker

  • Bay Area Chinese Musician Association

    Bay Area Chinese Musician Association
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    We are proudly introducing our non-profit organization BACMA – Bay Area Chinese Musician Association, which is formally incorporated in 2014! Being active since 2011, we hosted 6 concerts for local Chinese musician bands or well known bands from mainland China; we promoted original song writing by the local talents, and also hosted educational series for the community. As always, we are here to promote awareness of Chinese culture cultivate local Chinese-American pop music style, and answer any music-related needs of the community! Let us know when you think of BACMA!

    Contact info:
    Luyi Wang

  • Blue Bear School of Music

    Blue Bear School of Music
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Non-profit organization Blue Bear School of Music was founded as “Blue Bear Waltzes School of Genuine Music” in the summer of 1971 by a rock band called “Wolfgang & Strauss” – “Wolfgang” was a dog, and “Strauss,” two brothers in the band. Before moving to San Francisco to make their fame and fortune (and to found a music school), they lived in Northern California on the Bear River. When naming the school, the brothers Strauss whimsically recalled Johann Strauss’s “Blue Danube Waltz,” substituting the Bear River for the Danube, and the rest is history. For a period in the mid-’70s, when the founding members moved on, Blue Bear was run by a co-operative of teachers and students. In 1978 operations moved from the original storefront on Ocean Avenue to Fort Mason Center, where Blue Bear has thrived and evolved to its current state of more than 850 music-loving students per quarter. Blue Bear’s current Board of Trustees and Staff includes former “Wolfgang & Strauss” members Steve Savage (Board President) and Richard Strauss along with Electric Orchestra & Folk Chorus (and Blue Bear Association) member Bonnie Hayes. Day-to-day operations are under the direction of Dennis Criteser, a former student who has been associated with the school for 35+ years.

    Contact info:
    Renee Richardson

  • California Women's Music

    California Women's Music
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    The California Women's Music Festival began as an idea between like minded women who wanted to create a culture and community of sisterhood among the local area performers, artists, and musicians. This desire brought together a committee of women committed to furthering the format for all women to come together to celebrate each other.

    Contact info:
    Victoria Boyinton
    (209) 277-2221

  • Coalition for Music Education in Canada

    Coalition for Music Education in Canada
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The Coalition for Music Education in Canada (CMEC)’s mission is to raise the awareness and understanding of the role that music education plays in Canadian culture, and to promote the benefits that music education brings to young people. The NAMM Foundation funding supports the expansion of its Music Monday program, a public awareness initiative that engages thousands of music makers and the media in the opportunity to celebrate music making's vital role in school and in life. The program has engaged national media, politicians and artists in promoting the importance of music education for all children in Canada. CMEC will also continue to advance its Youth4Music program engaging young people in their communities creating a network of youth promoting the benefits and importance of music education.

    Contact Info:
    Holly Nimmons

  • Crowns of Creation Ministries

    Crowns of Creation Ministries
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Crowns of Creation is an outreach ministry, serving the needs of individuals and organizations with whom God connects us. We don't limit ourselves to one specific focus but are committed to prayerfully gifting when our eyes are opened to an individual or organization in need, inside and outside of our community. 

    Contact info:
    Joey Daddario

  • Dallas Wind Symphony

    Dallas Wind Symphony
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The Dallas Wind Symphony’s mission is to bring extraordinary musicians and enthusiastic audiences together to celebrate the performance, promotion, and preservation of the music and traditions of the American wind band through concerts, recordings, broadcasts, music education programs, commissions, and projects that nurture the professional development of musicians, composers, and conductors. The NAMM Foundation funding will support their School Band Education Enrichment for all Dallas Independent School District fifth grade students as an introduction to band.  Funding also supports the Dallas Wind Symphony summer band camp that provides at-risk and underserved students from the Dallas Independent School District the chance to attend a unique summer band camp presented by the professional musicians of this world-class wind ensemble.

    Contact Info:
    Luis Gonzalez

  • DMK Creative Youth Foundation

    DMK Creative Youth Foundation
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    DMK's Creative Kids! donates musical instruments and art supplies to classrooms and special needs children. DMK Interactive Festival Booth is a traveling hands on area for children of all ages to participate in music and art projects.+Music Wall - kids of all ages are welcome to find their favorite sound on the DMK Music Wall and get loud! underRAGE MusicFest is an all ages music festival featuring all underage bands! + the underRAGE ArtShow features musical influenced pieces from local youth during the music festival.

    Contact info:
    Jessica Wallace
    (916) 471-8443

  • Drum Corps International (DCI)

    Drum Corps International (DCI)
    NAMM Foundation Partner

    Non profit organization dedicated to the junior drum corps activity. Contains corps information, links, and related articles.

    Conatact Info:

  • EngAGE

    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The EngAGE mission is to empower people- intellectually, creatively and emotionally- to do what they do best for the rest of their lives. EngAGE is a national service program that is an outgrowth of NAMM-funded research on the impact of rigorous music and art making on the health and wellbeing of seniors.  A first-ever NAMM Foundation grant will support “EngAGE in Music,” an expansion of ongoing EngAGE in Creativity programs, that transforms senior apartment communities into vibrant centers for teaching and learning, artistic exploration, creativity and engagement. Funding support for EngAGE in Music will offer a variety of music programs (taiko drumming, ukulele, choir and other ensemble music opportunities) for low-income seniors residing in Common Bond communities in Minneapolis, MN through a collaboration with the MacPhail Center for Music. 

    Contact Info:
    Tim Carpenter

  • Flying Musicians Association, Inc.

    Flying Musicians Association, Inc.
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    FMA, founded in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN #80-0433326) for pilots who are also musicians that welcomes all proficiency levels and musical genres. It is the passion for aviation and music that counts! The skills required to play an instrument and fly an aircraft have marked similarities, from precision and multitasking to listening and fine motor skills. By educating others about these common attributes, we hope to further interest in both. We strive to share our passions in order to inspire, educate, and encourage others by creating enthusiasm and promoting personal growth through presentations, performances, networking, and scholarships.

    Contact info:
    John Zapp

  • Forte for Children

    Forte for Children
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Forte for Children's mission is to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children in the communities in which we do business.

    Contact info:
    Elizabeth Fox

  • Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy

    Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    The mission of the Frances Clark Center is to extend the influence of her inclusive and revolutionary philosophy of music education at the keyboard. In so doing, the Center will conduct research, develop and codify successful methodologies and applications, and disseminate its work in the form of publications, seminars, and conferences that focus on improving the quality of teaching.

    Contact info:
    Jennifer Snow

  • Groove On UP

    Groove On UP
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Groove On UP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to provide inspiration and opportunities to creatively enhance lives of fellow humans using arts & music. We focus on specialized, empowering and uplifting projects such as Song for a Hero that pays tribute to the unsung Hero with an inspiring song and/or music video.  We love to reach out to veterans, children, the elderly, the physically challenged or anyone that needs an opportunity, a boost of positivity, empowerment, and inspiration.  We also love to support other charitable, educational and fabulously cool organizations in whatever way we can.

    Contact info:
    JC DeYoung

  • Guitars 4 Gifts

    Guitars 4 Gifts
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Guitars 4 Gifts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides guitars to underprivileged youth through established organizations like Kids on Stage Summer Academy, Ronald McDonald House, The Music Therapy Program at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and The Boys and Girls' Clubs of Rutherford County. To help us reach our goal of donating 100 guitars, scroll down to make a donation.

    Contact info:
    Lee Clark

  • Guitars and Accessories Marketing Association

    Guitars and Accessories Marketing Association
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA) is a trade association comprising guitar products manufacturers and distributors with a mission to bring together and grow the guitar community by promoting greater access to learning and playing guitar. The NAMM Foundation funding supports the training of 250-300 school music educators in the coming year through workshops that occur across the country and provides tools to start school-based guitar programs. Through the grant, this long-running program has substantially influenced what is offered in music education curriculum programs in the U.S. today.

    Contact Info:
    Allegra Hale

  • Guitars in the Classroom

    Guitars in the Classroom
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) trains and equips classroom teachers to integrate singing and playing guitar into children’s daily school experiences. By providing instruction, access to instruments, resource materials, and program supervision, GITC empowers educators to transform classrooms into musical environments that bring out the best in all students by engaging them in studies across the curriculum. The NAMM Foundation funding will support the “Triangle Training Approach” – workshops and teacher training to support teachers as they integrate guitar and ukulele into the elementary curriculum.

    Contact Info:
    Jessica Baron

  • Heart Strings for Heroes

    Heart Strings for Heroes
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    The purpose of this foundation is to provide healing with the gift of music to our military, firefighter, and public service heroes, who have been injured in the line of duty. It is our duty to assist in their rehabilitation, both mental and physical, through music therapy and national music events to honor and build self worth onstage in a loving community supported environment. Heart Strings for Heroes provides free instruments such as guitars, to these brave men & women who have sacrificed everything for our safety & freedom.

    Contact info:
    Wade Sabourin

  • House of Blues Music Forward Foundation

    House of Blues Music Forward Foundation
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Music Forward Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating career skills for youth using music as the bridge to success. Focusing on youth ages 12-22 in underserved communities, we set the stage for success by providing workshops and showcases to kick-start musical careers, and inspire the next generation of music industry leaders with hands-on career exploration.

    Contact info:
    Christibelle Villena

  • iNov8 Next Open Labs

    iNov8 Next Open Labs
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    iNov8 Next is a product innovation incubator and technology center designed to empower the brightest inventors by leveraging the power of industry experience, strategic resources and advanced mentorship.

    Contact info: 
    Kim Nazel

  • Jazz Hands For Autism

    Jazz Hands For Autism
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Jazz Hands For Autism provides platforms and seeks avenues where musically inclined individuals on the autism spectrum can express and explore their talents. We are changing the public perception of autism by creating pathways from expression to employment for musicians on the autism spectrum.

    Contact info:
    White Hawk Bourne

  • Keep Music Alive

    Keep Music Alive
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Keep Music Alive is on a MISSION to promote how valuable and important music is in all of our lives: Academically, Therapeutically or just overall making us a happier society.

    Contact info:
    Vincent James

  • Kids Rock Studio

    Kids Rock Studio
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Kids Rock Studio's mission is to provide children a safe and fun environment to create and learn all aspects of original songwriting, engineering, recording and production, and to equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools, to have bright futures in the ever evolving music industry.

    Contact info:
    Michael Hunter

  • Little Kids Rock

    Little Kids Rock
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The mission of Little Kids Rock is to restore and revitalize music education in U.S. public schools. It provides free musical instruments and music instruction to underserved schools across the country. The NAMM Foundation funding supports Little Kids Rocks’ Modern Band Rockfest 2017, its 5th annual national teacher training conference. This week-long teacher training event guides teachers and administrators in methods to develop “modern band” programs – guitar, drums, keyboard – as part of school music education offerings.

    Contact Info:
    Matt Prol

  • Make Music Muskogee, Incorporated

    Make Music Muskogee, Incorporated
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit


    ​​​Make Music Muskogee is a music celebration day in Muskogee held annually on June 21, the first day of summer! Make Music Muskogee takes place throughout the town on the summer solstice. This local event is part of Make Music Day, held worldwide annually on the first day of summer. It started in France in 1982 and has spread to more than 750 cities in 120 countries. This day of live music performances is open to musicians of all ages, races, abilities, and genres. It is a day for unity in musical celebration and community outreach. The day's grand finale is a huge group performance of "Okie from Muskogee" and "Oklahoma." MMM will also be hosting other "Make Music" events throughout the year.

    Contact info:
    Lauri Henderson

  • Music Achievement Council

    Music Achievement Council
    NAMM Foundation Partner

    Enables more students to begin and stay in instrumental music programs, to share real-world, successful strategies developed by instrumental music teachers.

    Contact Info:
    Marcia Neel


  • Music For All

    Music For All
    NAMM Foundation Partner

    Music for All’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.

    Contact Info:
    James Stephens

  • Music for All UK

    Music for All UK
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    Music For All/UK is the charity attached to the UK musical instrument industry. The organization serves to make more musicians. The charity 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. The Learn to Play Day annual event enables the public to have free lessons at UK music retail stores. The goal is to expand Learn to Play Day to a week-long event that culminates in UK-wide Make Music Day being developed with partners that include the BBC, musicians’ union and others. 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.

    Contact Info:
    Paul McManus

  • Music for Life

    Music for Life
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Music for Life is community based organization that provides music education and mentoring programs to youth living in financially challenged or dysfunctional families. We also provide music equipment to partner organizations who have a qualified music program but not the equipment necessary for low income students to participate. We offer three programs; After-School Guitar Program, Band & Orchestra Program and STEM Guitar Project.

    Contact info:
    Skip Chaples

  • Music Heals International

    Music Heals International
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Music Heals International (MHI) brings music and musicians to the children of Haiti and globally to inspire achievement, resiliency, and creativity.

    Contact info:
    Sara Wasserman

  • Music Matters Foundation

    Music Matters Foundation
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Music Matters Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to using music as a way to bring joy into people's lives. Music has been part of the human existence over centuries and is a universal language that can be understood by all. It has the power to inspire, heal and to bring people together to support great causes. It is our strong belief that music is an integral part of society and that everyone should have an opportunity in life to learn, play and create music. 

    We organize events and offer programs that can support and promote the joy of learning and performing music. Our programs and activities are to cultivate the positive music learning environment and let audiences experience the happiness and beauteous of music through free public performances. 

    Contact info:
    Lillian Yang

  • Musical Futures Australia

    Musical Futures Australia
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    Musical Futures, a program created in the UK and with NAMM support, will offer training to teachers in schools.  The program is designed to extend the reach of music education into the local school systems across Asia using the Musical Futures approach to teaching and learning. A grant supports the project’s immediate goals to increase access to music making through: the development of a network of schools and highly skilled teachers who can facilitate and lead music education in their local cities and communities; creating an infrastructure and means to transfer the skills and approach to local teachers and school systems; broaden the base of music making opportunities to include recreational/community music making for young students; and address the barriers and impediments that restrict access to music making across school systems.

    Contact Info:
    Ian Harvey

  • NAfME

    NAMM Foundation Partner

    The mission of the National Association for Music Education is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.

    Contact Info:

  • National Piano Foundation

    National Piano Foundation
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The mission of the National Piano Foundation is to develop educational programs, activities and materials which educate the general public, parents and students about the value, benefit and enjoyment of playing the piano; contribute to the professional well-being of the teaching community;  support the music study success of piano users; and promote the productive interaction and cooperation of all segments of the music industry. The NAMM Foundation funds will support the continuance of the National Piano Foundation’s (NPF) training for piano teachers in collaboration with Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). The grant also supports a new program, Keyboards in the Classroom, and the development and piloting of a new classroom curriculum and teacher training modeled after a high-impact program in a Texas public school. This “teaching the teacher” program seeks to reach thousands of more students through group keyboard lessons and compel piano and piano lab purchases as part of music education infrastructure needs in public schools.

    Contact Info:
    Richard Rejino

  • National School Boards Association

    National School Boards Association
    NAMM Foundation Partner

    Working with and through State Associations, NSBA advocates for Equity and Excellence in Public Education through School Board leadership.

    Contact Info:
    Eric Hargis

  • National String Project Consortium

    National String Project Consortium
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The National String Project Consortium (NSPC) is a coalition of String Project sites based at colleges and universities across the United States. The NSPC is dedicated to increasing the number of children playing stringed instruments, and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers in the United States. The NAMM Foundation funding support will provide teacher training for string music educators and offer training to teach strings in inner-city and under-served communities. Funding will support the emerging programs of four existing sites at Pacific University, Kennesaw State University, Southern Mississippi University, and University of Texas at El Paso, as well as a new site at Tennessee Tech University.

    Contact Info:
    Amy Gillingham

  • Notes for Change, Inc.

    Notes for Change, Inc.
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    Notes for Change, Inc. seeks to empower students through the experience of musical study and increasing access to music education.  The organization's goals are to promote life skills and community through musical training, and advocate for music education. The NAMM Foundation funding will expand the Ensemble Newsletter readership by distributing in formats that provide access through all means across the global Sistema.  Support will also raise awareness through a social media campaign.

    Contact Info:
    Eric Booth

  • Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center

    Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Their mission is to provide innovative, artistic, educational and therapeutic programs that inspire and transform children, at-risk youth, and their families to fulfill their highest potential. The ARTS center is the first and only organization in Orange County offering unique programming that combines the arts, academics and creative therapies to help youth realize their highest potential.

    Contact info:
    Phoebe Stanciell

  • Orchestre a' L’Ecole

    Orchestre a' L’Ecole
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    Orchestre a' L’Ecole, a non-profit music trade association in France, aims to develop the musical abilities of young people in schools in disadvantaged areas. The NAMM Foundation funding will support the continued expansion and provide instruments for students regardless of the personal financial resources of schools and students.  As of September 2016, this program of youth orchestra development in France has increased to include 1,200 orchestras throughout the country and hosts national and regional festivals.

    Contact Info:
    Marianne Blayau

  • Percussion Marketing Council

    Percussion Marketing Council
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The Percussion Marketing Council’s mission is to provide professional marketing and advertising campaigns, programs and activities that bring increased public awareness to drumming, thus increasing the number of people playing all types of drums. The NAMM Foundation funding supports four key PMC program areas:  Drum Set in the Classroom (DSC) that offers in-school drum set workshops with a goal to create more drummers and familiarity with drum set music making; expansion of Percussion in the Schools (PIS) to include more in-school events and cultivate more professional facilitators; Drums Across America based on PMC’s  successful drum lesson lab tent at select Vans Warped Tour in the summer and increase the lesson lab activities in school and community settings; and  International Drum Month, an annual promotion and percussion celebration effort. 

    Contact Info:
    Karl Dustman

  • Percussive Arts Society

    Percussive Arts Society
    NAMM Foundation Grantee and Partner

    Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is a non-profit, music service organization. Its mission is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. The NAMM Foundation funding supports its expansion of the Indianapolis-based Find Your Rhythm! Community Outreach program. The grant will continue its work with Indianapolis-area school districts via tours and hands-on programs at Rhythm! Discovery Center that also serve the general public with exposure to music education and percussion in its Saturday programs.

    Contact Info:
    Joshua Simonds

  • President's Committee on the Arts & the Humanities

    President's Committee on the Arts & the Humanities
    NAMM Foundation Partner

    Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues.

    Contact Info:
    Kathy Fletcher

  • RiseN Music Ministry and The Freedom in Music Project

    RiseN Music Ministry and The Freedom in Music Project
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Bringing "Hope" through music to at-risk youth in New Mexico and Texas.

    Contact info:
    Philip Oliveira
    (508) 713-1023

  • Rock To Recovery

    Rock To Recovery
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Rock to Recovery was created to help soothe the restless souls of those in recovery. We do this by creating a “band” and writing and recording songs together with Rock to Recovery’s staff of professional musicians, who are also in recovery. We help bring fun into treatment and recovery by offering a natural escape from the fear-based mind. This helps people grow a sense of belonging and self esteem. We help to vent emotions by writing lyrics and singing together for release, in real-time. We tie in a positive theme of hope in recovery throughout the whole process. When the session is done, our “band” members feel a new energy all throughout their minds and spirits.

    Contact info:
    Clinton Calton


    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    RYTMO [Reaching Youth Through Music Opportunities] is a 501(c)3 non-profit after-school program designed for youth who demonstrate musical, technical and business potential in the arts and might desire a career in the music industry. We opened our doors in 2003, and have served over 900 students in the Southern California region.

    We provide a positive, creative and professional environment for under-served youth to express and develop their musical talents, attain greater personal achievement and gain fundamental occupational skills for the music industry. Many of our students go on to start their own record labels, video & audio companies, perform live shows, and produce music for themselves and other artists.

    Contact info:
    Mike Anderson

  • San Diego Youth Symphony

    San Diego Youth Symphony
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS) and Conservatory instills excellence in the musical and personal development of students through rigorous and inspiring musical-training experiences. The NAMM Foundation funding supports SDYS Community Opus after-school programs in Chula Vista, CA (CVESD). As the district builds its district-wide music education program, the Opus after-school program fill a gap of access for students who do not yet have in-school music and students who want a more advanced music ensemble experience. The NAMM Foundation support for the SDYS Community Opus in Chula Vista has been a catalyst for the re-instatement of music education in the district including the hiring of over 70 fulltime certified music and arts educators. 

    Contact Info:
    Dalouge Smith

  • Sesame Workshop

    Sesame Workshop
    NAMM Foundation Partner

    Sesame Workshop is the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street and so much more. Our projects being critical lessons in literacy and numeracy, emotional wellbeing, health and wellness and respect and understanding to children in 150+ countries.

    Contact Info:
    Steven McDonald

  • SongwritingWith:Soldiers

    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    SongwritingWith: Soldiers (SW:S)’s mission is to transform lives by using collaborative songwriting to expand creativity, connections and strengths. Soldiers (SW:S) connects veterans with professional songwriters in retreat and workshop settings to craft songs about combat, the transition home and address issues of PTSD, connectedness and social isolation that can occur after military service.  The program serves all branches of the military populations. Retreats are free to participants and their family/caregiver.  The NAMM Foundation will support two SongwritingWith: Soldiers retreats.

    Contact Info:
    Kristin Starling

  • Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME)

    Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME)
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    The Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist music educators in applying technology to improve teaching and learning in music. The NAMM Foundation grant will support the TI:ME Technology Leadership Academy for pre-service music education teachers. Selected through a competitive, national application process, 20 participants who are in the final years of preparation to be music teachers, will attend the academy to be held in conjunction with the TI:ME National Conference and learn various methods for using music technology as part of standards-based music education curriculum.

    Contact Info:
    Rick Dammers

  • TERI Inc.

    TERI Inc.
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    TERI's mission is to change the way the world views and helps children and adults touched by special needs. The have a mission to become an internationally recognized center of innovation and social change for children and adults touched by special needs throughout their lifespan.

    Contact info:
    George Thompson

  • The Kennedy Center

    The Kennedy Center
    NAMM Foundation Partner

    Since opening in 1971, the Kennedy Center has continued its efforts to fulfill his vision—presenting the greatest performers and performances from across America and around the world, nurturing new works and young artists, and serving the nation as a leader in arts education. 

    Contact Info:
    Kathy Fletcher

  • The Maginus Project

    The Maginus Project
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    he Maginus Project produces state-of-the-art recordings of culturally significant American music. Our mission is to find and record musical artists who make outstanding contributions to our culture, yet who fall outside the bounds of the for-profit recording industry.

    We provide funding development, production services, and financial oversight from inception to completion for each recording we sponsor. And all the recordings we produce belong solely to the artists -- the Maginus Project retains no ownership interest in them.

    Contact info:
    Phil Lewis

  • The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

    The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
    NAMM Foundation Grantee and Partner 

    The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF) expands and boosts music education in schools by providing durable, high-quality musical instruments to deserving, under-funded music programs nationwide.  MHOF also helps schools advance best practices to ensure the longevity of these vital programs.  The NAMM Foundation funds will assist MHOF in selecting and providing new instruments to supply to two school music programs.

    Contact Info:
    Felice Mancini

  • The Music-Heals Project

    The Music-Heals Project
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    The Music-Heals Project (MHP) is raising awareness of the healing power of music. Our mission is two-fold. First, we are working to research, invent, create, and compose music that effectively heals people. One example is our current work on autism in partnership with Vanderbilt University in Nashville. We are researching and composing specific rhythms, tempos and key signatures that will resynchronize the out-of-sync brainwaves of children with autism! Additional examples are pinpointing the music or rhythm that will help improve a Parkinson’s patient’s ability to walk, and researching the type of music necessary to assist an Alzheimer’s patient with memory and recall. Ultimately, this music will be used as a medical therapy for these patients. Instead of taking a pill three times a day for an illness, our belief is that listening to a tailored musical therapy three times per day might be equally effective.

    Contact info:
    Bob Lynn

  • The Sphinx Organization

    The Sphinx Organization
    NAMM Foundation Grantee

    Founded in 1996, the Sphinx Organization is a Detroit-based national performing arts organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.  The NAMM Foundation funding will support the organization’s summer academy that provides music education and a pathway to exemplary achievement in classical music for Black and Latino student musicians.

    Contact Info:
    Lauren McNeary

  • Turnaround Arts

    Turnaround Arts
    NAMM Foundation Partner

    Turnaround Arts is a public-private partnership that uses the arts to help narrow the achievement gap, increase student engagement and improve the culture and climate in the country’s highest poverty schools.

    Contact Info:
    Kathy Fletcher

  • United Sound, Inc.

    United Sound, Inc.
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    United Sound is a school-based instrumental music club for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their typical peers. Dedicated to promoting social involvement through shared ensemble performance experience, United Sound joins students with and without disabilities to learn and perform in the band or orchestra together.

    Contact info:
    Julie Duty

  • Vh1 Save The Music Foundation

    Vh1 Save The Music Foundation
    NAMM Foundation Grantee & Partner

    The VH1 Save the Music Foundation develops long-term, sustainable instrumental music programs in high-need public schools.   In 2014, they created the KEYS + Kids Piano Grant Program to respond to the demand for high-quality piano packages for music, drama and community programs in K-12 schools.  The NAMM Foundation funding will provide two targeted KEYS + Kids grants to qualifying schools in the 2017-18 school year.

    Contact info:
    Chiho Feindler


  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

    Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music provides musical experiences to students from age four months through senior citizen, both amateur and professional. Our work to develop creative, artistic individuals enhances life in southeastern Wisconsin by providing exceptional performances and nurturing generations of innovative, inspired and visionary citizens. The Conservatory strives to provide an environment in which individual students can thrive and grow. The Conservatory is committed to tailoring each student’s instruction to his/her individual needs, abilities, interests and learning styles. Faculty members are encouraged to work carefully with students to guide them to achieve their goals at a pace that is appropriate for them.

    Contact info:
    Shalisa Kline Ugaz

  • Young Audiences

    Young Audiences
    NAMM Foundation Grantee & Partner

    A grant to Young Audiences (YA), a national non-profit that connects educators to community music and arts education resources, continues a collaboration with The NAMM Foundation to strengthen the capacities of music service organizations. YA will organize a series of forums and roundtables at The NAMM Show 2018 along with online resources to strengthen music making service organizations around issues of non-profit management including board governance, fund raising, promotion and program evaluation and implementation that includes alignment with national fine arts standards.

    Contact Info:
    David Dik

  • Young Singers of Orange County

    Young Singers of Orange County
    NAMM Foundation Nonprofit

    Young Singers of Orange County's goal is to inspire appreciation of the arts and a love of singing; to increase children's team building skills, performing skills, and self-confidence; to educate children about the importance of community service & giving back to the community; to provide opportunity for youth to develop leadership and organizational skills.

    Contact info:
    Holly Valdes-Smith