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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

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) Summit Application (Opens Jan. 20, 2021)

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.


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.

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Application Opens: Jan. 20, 2021
Application Closes: Feb. 28, 2021
Award Notification: Mar. 29, 2021
Summit Occurs*: May 4-7, 2021
*If we cannot gather in person in May based on CDC guidelines then the Summit gathering will occur at the NAMM Headquarters Oct. 12-15, 2021
Summit Report Due: June 15, 2021