Celebrate the Best Communities for Music Education: a Win-Win for Your Business

by Sharon Bryant, NAMM This spring The NAMM Foundation recognized 583 school districts and 135 schools in 41 states as Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). In its 19th year, NAMM’s BCME program recognizes the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations … Read more

The SWIM Fund: Supporting Strong Women in Music

By Andrea Pelloquin, West Music Company Last spring the NAMM Foundation created the SWIM Fund, which stands for Strong Women in Music.  The fund was created to support women in the music products industry in the development of their leadership skills and aspirations.  The fund will support women by providing the following: Professional development opportunities … Read more

RPMDA Members Celebrate Make Music Day in a Big Way!

by Andrea Pelloquin, West Music Company June 21st was Make Music Day in more than 800 cities in more than 120 countries, celebrating the love of making music in our communities.  Events are free and open to anyone who wants to participate.  Our RPMDA member organizations took advantage of the occasion to showcase both the … Read more


by Elliot Wessel, Schmitt Music We’re working in a reputation-based business.  We say that all the time.  So often our success or failure depends on the relationships we’ve built and maintained and hopefully grown over the years.  Reputation is so important.  If you haven’t been following pop culture at all, Taylor Swift’s new album is … Read more