The NAMM Foundation supports teachers, parents and community leaders with resources and programs to advance music making for all.

Community

Community Spotlight

It’s because of the Best Communities for Music Education designation that our music programs have been able to withstand dramatic school aid cuts. After we received this designation in 2006, Senator Owen Johnson awarded the district a $70,000 grant for the purchase of new music textbooks and development programs for our music teachers and staff.
- Kim Lowenborg-Coyne, Ph.D, Director of Music and Arts of North Babylon Union Free School District in New York

SupportMusic Coalition

The SupportMusic Coalition is a public service initiative of the NAMM Foundation that impacts resolve and support for music education in local communities around the United States.  This advocacy effort now unites over 8,000 educators, administrators, parents, community leaders and organizations seeking to improve access and opportunity in music and arts learning. 

The SupportMusic Coalition is building a proactive and unified approach to federal, state and local level advocacy for music education as a core academic subject in schools.

Best Communities for Music Education

The NAMM Foundation recognizes 388 school districts in 46 states as among the Best Communities for Music Education. In its 16th year, the program singles out districts for outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students.

In addition to the 388 districts receiving Best Communities for Music Education, 120 individual schools across the nation are being awarded the SupportMusic Merit Award (SMMA), which recognizes support for school-based music education programs.