Chris Martin on Expanding Music Making Opportunities

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Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from The NAMM Foundation that shares news and stories about music education. Download and listen to episode 83 featuring guest Chris Martin, president and CEO of Martin Guitar and founding chair of The NAMM Foundation.

“We have a common goal, ‘More to start, fewer to quit,’” said Martin. “Who can argue with that?”

In this episode, Martin chats about a few things he finds to be remarkable, namely picking up a ukulele for the first time, digital technology and the meaning and rewards of donating to The NAMM Foundation.

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“One of the things that I find remarkable is the unbelievable resurgence in the ukulele. If you want to make music and you're not sure where to begin, go get yourself a ukulele and have some fun.” – Chris Martin

“What is really cool is…you've got traditional products that have become more modern, thanks to digital technology. And then you've got purely digital stuff that allows people to record music with a lot less investment than ever.” – Chris Martin

“When we go to Washington [D.C.] to talk to our representatives about making sure that they are helping to get music in the schools, no one ever argues with us about the idea of making music. We have a great story, but we can't take it for granted. You can't assume that just because people have always made music that they always will. This is what we do for a living. Why shouldn't we reinvest it?” – Chris Martin

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Talking Up Music Education is a podcast produced by The NAMM Foundation about music education. Host Mary Luehrsen chats with teachers, parents, students and community leaders who share stories about what they are doing to create music learning opportunities. Please download, share and subscribe to keep up with the stories that make a difference in music education advocacy.  

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