NAMM Foundation: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: The NAMM Foundation makes grants to help promote and strengthen the music products industry. It hosts the extremely popular trade convention, NAMM Show.

IP TAKE: NAMM’s Making Music Grants are by invitation only so grant seekers will need to work their connections within the music products industry.

PROFILE: Created in 2006, The NAMM Foundation is the philanthropic branch of NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, a trade organization that seeks to promote and strengthen the music products industry. The foundation seeks to “advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.” It supports music with grants and a scholarship for NAMM member company employees.

Music Making Grants support organizations that facilitate music education and hands-on music making programs. Grant amounts average between $10,000 and $100,000. Previous grantees include Little Kids Rock, EngAGE, Dallas Wind Symphony, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Guitars in the Classroom, Songwriting with Soldiers, and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. These grants are by invitation only.

The William R. Gard Scholarship is named for longtime NAMM Executive President William Gard. It seeks to encourage students to pursue music education and to promote “careers in the music products industry.” Scholarships are for $2,000 per academic year for up to three years. Applicants must be employed by a NAMM member company and have worked for at least the equivalent of 10 weeks at 40 hours per week. Applicants must also be enrolled as a fulltime student, submit letters of recommendation and recent transcripts, and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

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