SWIM Fund (Smart Women In Music Fund)

"If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction."
– Melinda Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Smart Women In Music Fund

The SWIM Fund supports women in the music products industry in the development of their leadership proficiencies and aspirations.

All contributions are tax-deductible, and 100% of all gifts will be used for the activities of the Fund (listed below). 

The SWIM Fund will be used to support women in various stages of their careers in the music products industry through the following activities:

  • Professional development opportunities at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA and at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN
  • Job-shadowing and mentoring with women who are industry leaders at trade shows and other music industry events
  • In-company residencies
  • Invitation to apply to attend an annual two-day SWIM leadership symposium for up to 16 women in 2020.


Apply to Attend Summer NAMM

The SWIM Fund scholarship program supports women working in the music products industry in their goals to connect, support and grow their leadership and professional skill sets.  A one-time stipend of $1,000 is available to support qualified applicants’ attendance and participation at Summer NAMM, July 9 – 11, 2020 in Nashville, TN.  Awards can be used to support travel, housing and other expenses related to attending Summer NAMM where scholarship recipients will be recognized at a SWIM Meet reception. 

Learn more

Inspire an aspiring woman in the music products industry by giving the gift of opportunity. Donate to the SWIM fund today.

The SWIM Fund Steering Committee

DeDe Heid, Executive Vice President, Heid Music
Crystal Morris, President and CEO, Gator Co.
Robin Walenta, President & CEO, West Music Company