NAMM Foundation awards $585,000 to support innovative music learning programs for people of all ages.

 
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NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, today announced the 25 recipients of the NAMM Foundation's 2010-2011 program grants, allocating $585,000 in funding to support innovative community-based music learning programs that allow more people the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of active music making.

The new grants, while only a small portion of NAMM's overall annual multimillion-dollar-reinvestment into the music products industry, help worthy organizations operate programs designed to increase interest and participation in making music among seniors, college students and school-aged children. Since 1994, NAMM has supported worthy music-making programs through its grant program, providing $12.5 million in support.

"We thank all NAMM Members, who through their membership with the association and participation in the annual NAMM Show, help create more music makers through their support of these programs," said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the NAMM Foundation.

During the recent NAMM Board of Directors meeting, the following programs received approval:

Australian Music Association

NAMM Foundation funding supports the expansion of the Musical Futures program. This innovative music education program, which began in the United Kingdom, is helping to renew music education in Australia's public schools. www.australianmusic.asn.au/

Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc. on behalf of Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts

NAMM Foundation funding supports the Latin Music Program of Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York City. The goal of the program is to foster the development of well rounded, technically proficient, literate and creative musicians by developing in them an understanding of Afro-Caribbean musical styles, history and seminal artists. www. harborconservato ry.org

Coalition for Music Education in Canada

NAMM Foundation funding supports the expansion of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada's Music Monday program, a public awareness initiative that engages thousands of music makers in the opportunity to celebrate music making's vital role in school and in life. www.weallneedmusic.ca

Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association

NAMM Foundation funding supports the Teacher Guitar Workshop professional development program to provide music educators with the basic skills and tools necessary to introduce and teach group guitar instruction in schools. www.discoverguitar.com

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