Los Angeles, CA - June 2, 2022
The NAMM Foundation and the MIDI Association are pleased to announce the MIDI Fund, a new donor-advised fund in The NAMM Foundation.
The MIDI Fund will support projects and programs that advance engagement in music-making and the varied and unique options to make, create and explore music made possible by MIDI, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface that allows musical instruments to connect to computers, tablets, cell phones, and each other.
For the past several years, the MIDI Association has delivered programs for the public benefit. Between 2020 and 2021, the MIDI Association raised $50,000 and donated that money to the Children's Music Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides music therapy programs to children affected by chronic conditions or life-altering illnesses, to help them on their journey towards a better quality of life.The MIDI Association had planned to create its own 501(c)3 to focus on these and other projects for the public benefit.
However, at the recommendation of NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, and with the help of NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen, establishing a new donor-advised fund enables the MIDI Association to avail itself of the considerable experience and administrative resources of the NAMM Foundation.
The first major project the MIDI Fund is focusing on is the development of a MIDI curriculum and certification program to raise awareness about MIDI in education at secondary and post-secondary schools, and for manufacturer and reseller staff members.
Current work includes:Establishment of standardized, readily/publicly available MIDI education content Creation, launch, and active management of a MIDI certification program
For more information about the MIDI Fund and to donate, please visit https://www.nammfoundation.org/donate.
The MIDI Association Executive Board committed to funding the MIDI Fund with $25,000 and matching any donations made to the fund before June 30, 2022.
Ed Cannon, CEO of Zivix, makers of the Jamstick MIDI Guitars has pledged $5000 from the Cannon Family Foundation.
Roland has committed $3000 as a Platinum sponsor.
Steinberg has committed $1500 as a Gold Sponsor.
Casio and IK Multimedia have both pledged $750as Silver sponsors.
That is $11,000 in sponsor pledges matched by another $11,000 in matching funds from the MIDI Association bringing the current total funding of the MIDI Fund to $47,000.
But we are not done yet.
You can fill out the form below to commit to a founding MIDI Fund sponsorship and we will continue to promote your company and your products as we promote the MIDI Fund for years to come.
It's easy for individuals to donate as well.
Go here. https://www.nammfoundation.org/donate
Click on the donate button. Enter an amount.
Right under the amount, you select where you want the donation to go.
Select the MIDI Fund.
The MIDI Association will match this donation one to one until June 30, 2022 and you will receive a receipt for your tax deductible donation.
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