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SWIM Fund (Smart Women in Music Fund)

“It’s our sincere hope that as part of The SWIM Fund, the female leaders of tomorrow will arise,” said former NAMM Chair and President and CEO of West Music Co., Robin Walenta

SSWIM 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) Summit Application (Closes April 30)

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.

Download the guidelines to review eligibility requirements.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

When logging in, please enter Invitation Code: SWIM

For the field, "Organization Name" enter your first and last name-do not enter the name of your company.

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Timeline:

Application Opens: Jan. 20, 2021
Application Closes: April 30, 2021
Award Notification: June 18, 2021
Summit Occurs: October 12-15, 2021
Summit Report Due: November 30, 2021

SWIM Fund Summer NAMM Scholarship (Closes April 30)

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, July 15-17, 2021 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:

Application Opens: March 1
Application Closes: April 30
Award Notification: May 14
Report Due: August 30

Download the guidelines to review the eligibility requirements.

When logging in, please enter Invitation Code: SWIM21

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