Advancing Music Making

SongwritingWith:Soldiers (SW:S) recently held a concert at the War Memorial in Nashville, Tennessee. This event, featured songs written by service members and their families who have participated in retreats with the SongwritingWith:Soldiers program since its beginnings in 2012.
Guitars for Vets (G4V) and the Yamaha Corporation of America joined forces on June 27 in honor of National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Day. The day is annually observed to recognize “the effects PTSD has on the lives of those affected by it, including roughly 800,000 veterans.”
Tulsa, Oklahoma retailer and NAMM Member, Saied Music Company, has launched a colorful, new initiative: Play Me, Tulsa!
As part of its mission to “support women in the music products industry in the development of their leadership proficiencies and aspirations,” the Smart Women in Music (SWIM) Fund has awarded travel scholarships to three women from the music products industry to attend Summer NAMM in Nashville, Tennessee, July 18-20.
NAMM Members from around-the-world are ready to celebrate Make Music Day 2019, a free day of music celebration open to musicians of all levels on June 21, 2019.
On May 8, 2019 leaders from the New York City Public Schools and representative from New York’s philanthropic and cultural sectors met at the Yamaha Artists Salon in New York, New York to discuss the progress and future goals for music and arts education in New York City schools.
Make Music Day is an annual, global music celebration that takes place alongside the summer solstice each year on June 21. Over 1,000 cities found in 120 different countries participate in vibrant celebrations that often highlight the unique music scene found in each community.
In late May, as students are daydreaming about the beginning of summer vacation. NAMM member advocates across the country are working to ensure that children have access to music and arts education. This group of advocates are executing one of the most important gatherings of the year, the annual NAMM Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In.
On February 14, 2019, the Indiana State Legislature met and passed a resolution naming the day “Indiana Arts Education Day.” This groundbreaking initiative was spearheaded by former NAMM Chair and Paige’s Music President, Mark Goff, a passionate proponent of music education advocacy efforts in both the national and local arenas.
The NAMM D.C. Fly-In supports the Market Development objective to promote and represent the shared interests of NAMM members to elected officials and policy makers in the United States. 
“We envision a world in which the joy of making music is a precious element of daily living for everyone; where every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught; and in which every adult is a passionate champion and defender of that right.”
Learn how one retailer's participation in the Best Communities for Music Education Program has played a part in his company's success.