SWIM (Smart Women in Music Fund)

SWIM Meet Reception
The Smart Women in Music (SWIM) Fund was created in 2018 to expand diversity, inclusion and support for women in the music products industry.

SWIM Mission: The Smart Women in Music (SWIM) Fund was created in 2018 to expand diversity, inclusion and support for women in the music products industry.

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 2021. See the opportunity below.

The Smart Women in Music (SWIM) NAMM Show Scholarship  (Open)

Overview: The SWIM Fund NAMM Show scholarship program seeks to support women with goals to connect, support, and grow as professionals and leaders, and contribute to the development of the music products industry.

Award:

  • A one-time stipend of $1,500 to support attendance and participation at The 2022 NAMM Show
  • Awards can support travel, housing, and other expenses for attending NAMM
  • Recipients will be recognized at The SWIM Meet reception during The NAMM Show
  • Stipend payment will be made as a reimbursement after The NAMM show and upon completion of the required final report

Timeline:

Application Opens: December 1, 2021
Application Closes January 31, 2022
Award Notification: March 31, 2022
The NAMM Show: June 3-5, 2022

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The Smart Women in Music (SWIM) Summit Application (Closed)

SWIM Summit Program Statement of Purpose: The SWIM Summit program supports women working in the music products industry and their goals to connect, support, and grow their leadership and professional abilities.  An annual leadership emersion experience will be offered with the applicants receiving the educational experience covered by the awarded scholarship.

Award: 

Up to 16 SWIM Summit scholarships will be awarded. Awards cover the curriculum costs for a three-day leadership summit, an opening and closing reception, meals during the summit and travel to/from the hotel and to NAMM headquarters. The estimated grant value is $4,500.

Summit scholarship awardees cover their costs for travel to San Diego, California, hotel, and travel to/from the airport and any other incidentals.

Timeline:

Application Opens: Jan. 20, 2021
Application Closes: April 30, 2021
Award Notification: June 28, 2021
Summit Occurs: October 12-15, 2021
Summit Report Due: November 30, 2021

Meet the 19 Women Selected to Participate in 2nd Annual SWIM Leadership Summit

SWIM Fund Summer NAMM Scholarship (Closed)

Program Statement of Purpose: 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 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.

Award: 

Three (3) SWIM scholarships will be awarded; stipend payment will be made as a reimbursement after NAMM Foundation staff receives the required final report that outlines recipients' participation in Summer NAMM events.

Timeline: to be announced