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The NAMM Foundation supports the following grants and scholarships initiatives. Carefully review guidelines to determine eligibility and application deadlines.

The NAMM Foundation is not able to provide pre-application or post-application consultations or review. Carefully review the guidelines and complete the eligibility quiz to determine eligibility. Please refer to the "Frequently Asked Questions" document to help answer specific questions about your application.

NAMM President's Innovation Award-Closed

Cash awards of $600 are given once a year and one-time-only to selected undergraduate and graduate students to support travel needs and expenses to attend the NAMM Show, the annual global music products trade show in Anaheim, Calif., January 21-24, 2016. Awardees will participate in professional development offerings and have access to more than 1,400 exhibits at this global music products trade show.

The NAMM President’s Innovation Award supports individuals who are enrolled in college and university music and/or music business programs and are preparing for careers in the music products industry. The Innovation Award seeks to support individuals who express commitment and aptitude for business leadership and innovation in the music products industry.

Applicants must be enrolled for the summer or fall 2015 semester in a university-based music business and/or music education program and prove—with a Spring 2014  high school or college transcript—an interest in studying both music and business-related courses with an overall 3.0 grade point average. Applicants must also intend to be enrolled full-time in college at the time of The NAMM Show in January 2016 and through the winter/spring semester.

Applicants will be notified if they receive an award by November 1, 2015. A signed and co-signed grant agreement is required to receive funds to support expenses for travel to The 2015 NAMM Show January 21 – 24, 2016.

To be considered for this award, please complete all sections of the online application and upload all required materials. Only complete applications submitted by the stated deadline will be considered. Thank you for your cooperation.

William R. Gard Scholarship-Closed

The William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship was established by NAMM, the National Association for Music Merchants, in an effort to encourage individuals to pursue education and careers in the music products industry.

Named for a former NAMM Executive Vice President, the Gard Scholarship is available to NAMM Member employees who are attending college.

Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $2,000 per academic year and may be renewed for up to three additional years, provided the applicant continues his or her employment with the Member firm and maintains satisfactory academic standing. Scholarship renewal following review of the renewal application.

Scholarship funds are sent directly to the recipient’s college. Monies will be credited to the recipient’s tuition or mandatory fees in September, at which time the recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student. Should the recipient leave college prior to the full depletion of the scholarship money, the remaining balance must be returned to the NAMM Gard Scholarship Fund.

NAMM Foundation Music Making Grants (formally Program Grants)

Music Making Grant applications are by invitation only: For the past several years, the NAMM Foundation has received hundreds of requests for Grants and is grateful for nonprofit organizations around the world that seek support to provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn and make music. The hundreds of requests received every year far surpass the Foundation’s budgetary resources for grants

The NAMM Foundation reviews and awards Music Making Grant applications by invitation only; the application process is not open for general application for funding from the Foundation. Guidelines are provided for general information

Description: The NAMM Foundation supports programs for people of all ages that utilize music making materials, are replicable as regional, national or international models, and include outcomes and impact measures, including the following:

  • Group music programs with non-performance based outcome goals, including group-based music programs facilitated within senior homes, hospitals, youth groups, and parks, etc. that provide a positive music--making experience to all participants regardless of prior experience
  • Programs that train music educators to supplement their existing programs with non-traditional methods, instruments or technologies allowing them to teach music making to students who may not be interested in the traditional band and orchestra programs
  • Programs that train music educators to utilize group-based informal music making as a youth development and/or community building tool
  • Projects and programs that serve specific demographics and address un-met needs, are replicable, provide measurable results, and are self-sustaining
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