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Rob Walker, CEO, Australian Music Association



Grant will bolster programs that increase exposure to participatory music opportunities

Melbourne, Australia (June 23, 2015) — The Australian Music Association (AMA) continues to enrich the Australian community with music thanks in part to renewed support from the NAMM Foundation, the charitable organization funded by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and its 9,900 member companies worldwide. These funds will allow the AMA to continue to offer Recreational Music Making programs from after school programs through to adult music making. This year the NAMM Foundation is donating $600,000 to programs worldwide that expand access to music making across the lifespan

“We are proud to partner with organizations like the Australian Music Association that work tirelessly to extend the power of music making to more people,” said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the NAMM Foundation. “They are out in their community year-round working toward NAMM’s vision of a world in which the joy of making music is a precious element of daily living for everyone. For that we are grateful and applaud their work.”

The program funded, From School to Community looks to develop Recreational Music Making programs for after school programs through to adult music making. It will provide pathways for musicians who begin their musical journey at school to find opportunities outside of school as well as further development of programs for youth to seniors, that focus on making music as a means of fun, health and well being.

The AMA’s CEO, Rob Walker said “the importance of the financial assistance in the development of long term music programs cannot be understated. NAMM Foundation funding in previous years has enabled tens of thousands of schools to provide music education for students, and established self-sustaining programs that will be of benefit for many years to come. This funding seeds an extension of this investment into music in the community. It can only enrich our community and enhance the prospects of our industry in the long term.”

This grant to the Australian Music Association is a portion of the NAMM Foundation’s annual multimillion-dollar reinvestment into scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs related to making music. Since 1994, the NAMM Foundation has championed music-making programs around the world with more than $15 million in grant-making support.

About Australian Music Association

The Australian Music Association is a not-for-profit industry association representing the retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers of musical instruments and equipment. Its mission is to be the Voice of the Music Products Industry while growing music making in Australia.

About The NAMM Foundation The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit