TORONTO, ON – August 15, 2017 — THE COALITION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IN CANADA has been named a grant recipient of The NAMM Foundation. The organization was selected as one of 24 organizations to receive a grant to fund vital programs that create and support access to musical instruction and that serve to inspire a life-long love of making music in its population.

“We are so pleased to benefit THE COALITION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IN CANADA with a grant in their quest to continue to create access and opportunities for all people to experience the joy of making music,” shared Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of the The NAMM Foundation. “It is through their transformative work of nonprofit music service organizations that thousands of people will discover their own musical talent.”

The grants serve to underscore the Foundation’s mission to advance participation in music making and offer quality access to all people. As one of 24 recipients, THE COALITION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IN CANADA will utilize the resource as a means to support the organization’s signature event Music Monday, Canada’s only nation-wide celebration of music that actively engages children and youth in their schools and communities. Youth leadership is at the center of Music Monday through Youth4Music, a program that provides a platform for the voice of youth to make a difference for Canada through music. The Coalition’s work will focus both on Music Monday and Youth4Music.

“We are delighted and honored to receive this grant from the NAMM Foundation, said Holly Nimmons, Executive Director of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada. Raising the awareness and understanding of the role that music education plays in Canadian culture and promoting the benefits that music education brings to youth is at the core of the Coalition’s work and we are extremely pleased to see that once again, the NAMM Foundation has chosen to help us achieve this goal.”

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 Coalition for Music Education in Canada, please contact:

Sabrina Moella, Communications Coordinator

About Music Monday

Music Monday is a signature program of the Coalition for Music Education. It is Canada’s nationwide celebration of the power of music in our lives, especially our schools. Music Monday is the only national celebration of music education that actively engages children and youth in their schools and communities. The first Monday in May music makers of all generations and genres gather in their schools and communities to make music, and at the same time during the day we join with one voice, by singing the official Music Monday anthem for a simultaneous nation-wide sing-along.

About Youth4Music

Youth4Music is a network of youth who are passionate about music in their lives – learning, appreciating, creating and making music. Youth4Music provides a platform for youth voices, and leadership opportunities for youth to make a difference for music in their schools and communities.  The program is “for youth – by youth – through music.” More info:

About The Coalition for Music Education

The Coalition for Music Education, an organization made up of parents, students, educators, and business people from varying walks of life who support school music programs and highlight the importance of music education for all young people in Canada. More info:

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


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