Jazz Arts Group awarded 2011-12 NAMM Foundation program grant

NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, announced that the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is one of 35 recipients worldwide to receive a NAMM Foundation Program Grant.The NAMM Foundation’s 2011-2012 program grants will allocate $600,000 in funding to support innovative ommunity-based music learning programs that allow more people the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of active music-making. JAG will receive $5,000 to support a new program initiative titled “Jazz Academy: Access to Music Making and Music Education.”

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 school-aged children, adults and
seniors. Since 1994, NAMM has supported worthy music-making programs through
its grant program, providing $13.2 million in support to date.

This year, the foundation has funded 10 more programs than last year, and is
supporting more music-making organizations overall than any other year. The
foundation has also expanded the types of programs that it supports by
including curriculums in the pro audio and international music-making

“The NAMM Foundation is honored to help support programs in the U.S. and
abroad that encourage and create new music makers, and expose people of all
ages to the fun and benefits of making music,” said Mary Luehrsen, executive
director of the NAMM Foundation. “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

“I am confident that NAMM will find the work of Jazz Arts Group to be
impactful and in alignment with the mission of the NAMM Foundation,” shared
JAG executive director Robert Breithaupt. “We are grateful for the support
and look forward to further developing this relationship for the benefit of
music education.”

About the NAMM Foundation:

The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit 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, visit www.nammfoundation.org

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