Sunday, 5 February 2012


On January 20, 2012, ISME gave the inaugural ISME Global Sonar Award
to NAMM and the NAMM Foundation for invaluable support to ongoing
efforts to understand, celebrate and promote music learning across the
lifespan during the SupportMusic Coalition international webcast at
the 2012 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

[photo 1] "I'm proud to recognize NAMM for its contribution to the
music mission that it shares with ISME and with music educators
throughout the world," said Graham Welch. "Our partnership makes a
real difference by providing direct support to programs that advance
access to music and music education for people of all ages. Thanks to
NAMM, we have been able to learn more about the profound effects of
music on human development and thereby advocate more effectively for
its rightful place in 21st century education."

[photo 2] ISME executives greeted international music industry
business and press immediately following the event. Featured left to
right: Graça Boal Palheiros, Margaret Barrett, Stanley Jordan, Graham
Welch, Joe Lamond, Håkan Lundström, Bo Wah Leung.

[photo 3] NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond accepted the award on
NAMM's behalf. Composer, guitarist and clinician Stanley Jordan was on
hand to help ISME confer the award. Over the past 10 years, NAMM and
the NAMM Foundation have reinvested nearly $80 million dollars in
support of its mission and to promote music making for people of all
ages. This includes the provision of $ 13.2 million in direct grants
to community-based music education programs and $ 3.2 million in music
research funds including ground-breaking research into the wider
benefits of music such as knowledge underpinning our current
understanding of music's impact on cognitive development and learning.

The SupportMusic Coalition webcast featured a panel of music education
celebrity advocates discussing music's impact on student growth and
achievement.  To watch the taped webcast including the ISME Global
Sonar Award, visit

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