NAMM & The NAMM Foundation

The Museum of Making Music is a Division of the NAMM Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, is a not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry.  

Founded in 1901 as the National Association of Piano Dealers of America, the organization was later renamed to NAMM in 1919 to exemplify the broader scope that it served.  Today, the association — and its trade shows — serve as a hub for people wanting to seek out the newest innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound and lighting. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

The NAMM Foundation is a supporting organization of NAMM that advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.  Founded in 2006, The NAMM Foundation represents the generosity and philanthropy of the music products industry and is funded through trade association activities and donations.  The primary roles of the foundation include:

  • Creating Music Making Opportunities for People of All Ages
    The Foundation funds life-changing music making and music education experiences for thousands of people of all ages and levels of experience. From school children to wounded warriors and the elderly, these programs bring inspiration, education, healing and hope to a diverse array of music makers.

  • Funding Groundbreaking Music Research
    The Foundation has taken a global leadership role in funding scientific research on the mental, physical and emotional benefits of music making. We then promote the results of this groundbreaking research through the media, helping to validate the importance of music at every stage of life.

  • Advocating for Music Education
    Music and the arts are vital to every child's education. The NAMM Foundation's SupportMusic Coalition offers tools and resources that validate the importance of music in the schools and help grow community support when tight budgets threaten music education programs.
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