Museum of Making Music Benefit Concert Featuring Graham Nash Raises More Than $195,000 for Educational Programs

Release Date: July 25, 2023

CARLSBAD, CALIF., JULY 24, 2023 – On Tuesday, July 18, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music welcomed patrons to a sold-out “Concert for a Cause” benefit event that featured legendary GRAMMY Award®-winning renaissance 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 of beloved songs as part of Nash’s Sixty Years of Songs and Stories tour. Nash, accompanied by Shane Fontayne on guitar and vocals and Todd Caldwell on keyboards and vocals, performed such memorable tunes as “Our House,” “Cathedral,” “Love the One You’re With,” and “Teach Your Children.” Nash also shared renditions of songs that inspired his career, including “A Day in the Life” by The Beatles and “Everyday” by Buddy Holly.

“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. Past benefit events have featured such artists as Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Jason Mraz, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall.

“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.”

The event was made possible by generous contributions from the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Aaron Chang Ocean Art Galleries, Accretive of San Diego, Exclusive Networks, Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs, Rosemary Kubes, The Lamond Family Fund, Morrison Hotel Gallery, Taylor Guitars, Tom and Paula Wilson, and Zuza. Additionally, hundreds of donors bid pledges of support that night toward both a robust auction and a Raise the Paddle portion of the evening.

  • About the Museum of Making Music

    NAMM's Museum of Making Music presents the storied history of music instruments and products - from invention, to creation, to market - as its canvas to enrich people of all ages and backgrounds. They do this by offering educational immersion opportunities, exhibitions, hands-on experiences, and live performances that inform and inspire, while demonstrating how musical instruments impact popular culture and connect lives.

    A division of the NAMM Foundation, the museum opened at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) headquarters in March, 2000. MoMM is the only museum of the music products industry, and is the only museum worldwide that focuses on the ecosystem of music making from 1900 to present day.

    For details on the museum’s concerts, exhibits, workshops and outreach programs, please visit https://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/