NAMM Foundation Steps in as Title Sponsor of the 2015 Spirit of Harmony Foundation Symposium on the Moral Imperative of Music Education

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“On behalf of our members around the world, NAMM is proud to partner with the Spirit of Harmony Foundation”

The Spirit of Harmony Foundation (SOHF) is proud to announce the generous support of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as title sponsor of the 2015 Spirit of Harmony Foundation Symposium on the Moral Imperative of Music Education. This national gathering about the role of music education in learning will be in collaboration with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, in Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The NAMM Foundation’s $25,000 support of the April 18 Symposium is offered as a challenge grant to the Spirit of Harmony Foundation’s network of fans of rock legend Todd Rundgren, and supporters of music education. The NAMM Foundation will match donations dollar for dollar up to $25,000 who wish to join with the Spirit of Harmony Foundation in supporting the April 18 Symposium and music education advocacy efforts.

The Moral Imperative of Music Education Symposium features researchers, educators and practitioners committed to ensuring access and availability of music education to all school age children in the U.S. The mission of the Symposium is to increase awareness of groundbreaking research indicating an inextricable link between music education and the neurological, social, academic, economic and emotional well-being of students. Donations can be made via this secure website.

“On behalf of our Members around the world, NAMM is proud to partner with the Spirit of Harmony Foundation” said Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. “Under Todd Rundgren’s leadership and in the spirit of President Clinton’s long-term support of music and arts education, this collaboration will further our vision of a world in which every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught”

Confirmed speakers for the symposium include: Margaret Martin, DrPH, MPH (Harmony Project, Los Angeles), Nina Kraus, PhD. (Northwestern University Brainvolts Lab), George Ford (Phoenix Center, Washington, D.C.), Carl Mouton (Maumelle High School band director, Arkansas), and Todd Rundgren, as well as Roger Clinton and NAMM’s Mary Luehrsen. Performances by the Mabelvale Elementary Drum and Groove Line, Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra Brass Quintet, and Todd Rundgren with original members of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia will round out the event which will be recorded in their entirety and aired on KAUR Little Rock Public Radio. A VIP reception will follow the event.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information about sponsorships, contact Mark H. Cohen at mc(at)spiritofharmony.org or at 319 224 0432.

For more information about the Spirit of Harmony Foundation contact the Jean Lachowicz at 708 603 0628 or Ed Vigdor at 310 254 4309, or visit the foundation on: YouTube, Twitter or Facebook.

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