Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute Establishes ‘Karl T. Bruhn Memorial Research Fund’ to Honor Founder

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501 (c) (3) Status Allows Tax Deductible Status for Charitable Contributions

The Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute (YMWI) has created the Karl T. Bruhn Memorial Research Fund to honor and continue the work of its late founder. Bruhn is widely acknowledged as the “Father of Music Making and Wellness” and a tireless advocate of Recreational Music Making.

Bruhn was a long time senior executive at Yamaha Corporation of America; the first Director of Market Development for NAMM, the International Music Products Association; and Chairman of YMWI since its inception in 2005. He passed away on October 5, 2010 following a brief illness.

While serving as YMWI’s first Chairman, Bruhn and President and CEO, Dr. Barry Bittman, championed the initial and ongoing research that established Recreational Music Making as an effective wellness strategy.

“At the time of his passing, there was still so much that Karl wanted to accomplish for the benefit of the musical products industry and for society at large,” says Terry Lewis, former Executive Vice President of Yamaha Corporation of America and the recently appointed new Chairman of YMWI. “During Karl’s tenure at YMWI, he and Barry produced convincing and persuasive research to prove the strong connection between wellness and music making. The Karl T. Bruhn Memorial Research Fund will ensure that this vital research continues and that Karl’s vision will be fulfilled.”

All contributions to the Fund will be used exclusively for research and may not be allocated for operational expenses. For IRS purposes, YMWI, Inc. has applied for recognition as a 501 (c) (3) organization with a Tax ID # (20-3873790). Donations to YMWI are tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent permitted by law.

Contributions may be made via mail or online; further information about the YMWI is available at:

Karl T. Bruhn Memorial Research Fund
Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute (YMWI), Inc.
18201 Conneaut Lake Road
Meadville, PA 16335
Telephone: 814.333.5061
Email: info(at)yamahainstitute(dot)org
Website: http://www.yamahainstitute.org
About Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute (YMWI)

The Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, Inc. (YMWI) is a non-profit organization with a unique purpose—to scientifically explore and share the benefits of creative musical expression as an effective wellness strategy. Based upon a solid foundation of published scientific studies, YMWI is committed to reestablishing active music participation as a healthy lifestyle strategy. With a focus on research and education, YMWI is the only organization in the world specifically dedicated to developing and evaluating novel Recreational Music Making strategies. YMWI's ultimate goal is to enable individuals of all ages, regardless of prior experience, to discover the joy and personal benefits of playing a musical instrument.

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