Liz Reisman (1963–2019)

MAY 14, 2019 I NAMM I FUND

NAMM Fund Established
in Honor of Liz Reisman

The NAMM Foundation and the Reisman family have announced a fund in honor of NAMM board member, music education advocate and industry leader, Liz Reisman. She was 55 when she passed away from an aggressive brain cancer Jan. 9.

Reisman was the owner of Creative Music Center in Monroe, Connecticut, and a passionate supporter of music education on a local and national level, advancing music-making opportunities for all school-aged children. To continue her work and honor her memory for generations to come, the Reisman family is creating a new fund: The Liz Reisman Fund for School Music Education. This donation, together with others made in Reisman's name, now and in the future, will support NAMM Foundation grants that impact school music education.

"Liz was beyond passionate about the influence music can and should have on our youth," said her husband Mike Reisman. "She was brought up with a flute in her hands and in many ways defined by her myriad experiences in schools, camps and community organizations dedicated to music education."

The fund was announced at the Meeting of the Members at The 2019 NAMM Show. NAMM Chair Robin Walenta said, "For those of us who knew Liz, we know the strong belief she held in the power of music education."

Since its inception in 1994, The NAMM Foundation 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.

"When the NAMM Foundation was established, it was our earnest hope that it could be a means to honor people like Liz who was a beacon of optimism and creativity in music retail and in our advocacy efforts," said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the NAMM Foundation. "We are honored that Liz's great spirit will be part of our shared efforts to advance music making for people of all ages
and abilities."