AMA Recipient of Grant from The NAMM Foundation

The AMA has been the recipient of a Grant of $50,000 from the NAMM Foundation to continue its ‘From Schools to Community’ market development projects. AMA CEO, Rob Walker said ‘the association is thrilled and honoured to have been considered worthy of further grant funds from the NAMM Foundation. These grants have enabled the development of Music Futures in schools in Australia over the last five years, and this extension to the community provides a pathway for students to continue their music making. The grant enables the AMA to continue to work to create more music making opportunities in the community.”

In 2015-16 our projects have included supporting music programs aimed at mental health interventions, at local youth and after school programs.

The official Press Release follows;


The Australian Music Association is Named a Grant Receipient of The NAMM Foundation


-Grant will help provide more access to music making in our community-

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, June 13 — The work of The Australian Music Association (AMA)  has been recognized with a  generous grant from The NAMM Foundation. The grant will allow the AMA to continue to offer program development from school to community that improves access for under-resourced schools, communities and other disadvantaged groups to gain access to music making Annually, The NAMM Foundation allocates $600,000 in funding to support music education programs to advance access, facilitate new initatives and to support the missions of organizations  like the Australian Music Association.

“The Australian Music Association continues to advance access to music education, and through their work, they are providing meaningful music making experiences” said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the NAMM Foundation. “We are honored to support their mission and to help advance the opportunity for all people to enjoy the pleasure of music making.”

The grant will help to support the continued development of the AMA’s ‘From School to Community’ project which looks to develop Recreational Music Making programs for after school programs through to adult music making.

Since its inception in 1994, The NAMM Foundation’s annual grant program has donated more than $16 million in support to domestic and international music education programs, scientific research, advocacy and public service programs related to music making.  The grants are funded in part by donations from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and its 10,300 member companies worldwide.
For additional information about the organization, please contact:

Robert Walker

+613 9254-1019

About the The Australian Music Association

The Australian Music Association is a not-for-profit industry association representing the retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers of musical instruments and equipment. Its mission is to be the Voice of the Music Products Industry while growing music making in Australia. For more information

About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,300 members. The Foundation’s mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit