The Music Education Coalition (an entity created by NAMM, the International Music Products Association and the National Association for Music Education) has launched a national grassroots program to support school music programs.
The site, www.supportmusic.com, provides parents with information and incentives to act locally.
For the teenagers, www.themusicedge.com propvides extensive resources to those who are interested in music, including advice from well-known musicians, instrument suggestions based on teens' interests and abilities, a bulletin board to find other players and practice partners, celebrity interviews, and music links to other NAMM associations and participating member sites. Also featured are info on various instrument groups, how to buy instruments or equipment, bands and how to start one, music terminology and definitions, setting up gigs and becoming a DJ.
At this year's Summer Session, NAMM University will hold a professional development session on Friday, July 18, 2003, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Facilitated by Rob Walker, NAMM's director of market development, the presentation, entitled "Get the Edge! How to Use NAMM's Teen Initiative," will take place in the Center Ballroom at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.