Advancing Music Making

After a forced hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Play Me, Tulsa! from rolling out the sophomore year of its community music and art installment, the event returned this month. Play Me, Tulsa! installed six pianos in public spaces throughout Tulsa, encouraging the community to play and enjoy the power of music.
NAMM Member Music Forecast and Greg Pardue began the Front Porch Pandemic Jazz Jam in the University City neighborhood of San Diego, California during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020.
The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) opened its doors to much anticipation in January 2021. The museum is the only museum “dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans.”
Percussion Marketing Council (PMC), a NAMM Foundation grantee, is welcoming the return of International Drum Month. This May, the organization is offering drummers the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn from a percussion icon.
The NAMM Foundation has named North Shore School District a 2021 Best Community for Music Education (BCME). The Long Island, New York district has earned the distinction for the past five years, and the announcement arrives on the heels of the debut of three documentaries produced by the district’s music programs.
The NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) award program acknowledges schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support for music education. For the past 22 years, the Foundation’s BCME program has recognized districts and individual schools throughout the country.
NAMM’s Museum of Making Music (MoMM) is undergoing its most comprehensive renovation since it opened its doors in 1998. The transformation is currently underway, with the grand reopening scheduled for summer 2021.
On February 9, the Board of Regents of the University System approved the naming of Georgia Southern University’s School of Music, the Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music, to honor the legendary duo and manufacturer.
March is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate the many women who have contributed to a more musical world, Playback is featuring stories from female luminaries who have shattered glass ceilings and served as pioneering agents.
Industry leaders Fred and Dinah Gretsch, Jerry Ash and members of the Ash family, and The NAMM Foundation recently announced the creation of the Bernice Ash Memorial Award. The award honors the life and legacy of music retail visionary Bernice Ash, who was widely recognized as one of the company’s print music department pioneers.
Music has been used as a tool to inspire change for decades. A way to bring people together, educate, entertain, and bring awareness to injustices, music has served as a vehicle to inspired change and nowhere in history was this better demonstrated than during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights the industry’s very best music product retailers and shares their strategies for success. A top honor for retailers, winners of seven “Best of” categories are selected by a panel of independent judges and celebrated each year at Summer NAMM.

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