NAMM’s Museum of Making Music Hosts Benefit Concert with Graham Nash
On July 18, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music welcomed patrons to a sold-out “Concert for a Cause” benefit event that featured Grammy award-winning artist Graham Nash. The event was held at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California, and raised more than $195,000 in support of the museum’s educational outreach programs, which impact thousands of school children and adults each year.
Guests enjoyed a 90-minute performance by Nash who was accompanied by Shane Fontayne on guitar and vocals and Todd Caldwell on keyboards and vocals. They performed such memorable tunes as “Our House,” “Cathedral,” “Love The One You’re With” and “Teach Your Children.”
“The support for music was palpable throughout the event and will live on in our memories for a long time. The power of music to shape lives — and our world — was embodied by Graham Nash’s generous sharing of his music and lifetime of experience,” said Carolyn Grant, executive director of the NAMM Museum of Making Music. “And the record-breaking amount of funds raised will be pivotal in helping the NAMM Museum of Making Music continue its work to open doors to lifelong music making for people of all ages. We are deeply grateful to all who supported the event.”
Proceeds raised from the event will help support the museum’s education programs and provide access to music and music making to the community. Initiatives include the Title I Field Trip program, which annually provides thousands of schoolchildren from economically challenged areas free entry to the museum, and the North Coast Strings and New Horizons Band, which offers music-making opportunities for older adult learners.
“This event could not have been more inspiring, and few people embody the spirit of music making and the NAMM Museum of Making Music like Graham Nash,” said John Mlynczak, president and CEO of NAMM. “We’re so grateful to all who made the ‘Concert for a Cause’ possible, including the generous support of our contributors and NAMM members. Because of them, thousands of people will discover music-making.”