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NAMM Honors NEA’s John Wilson with Support Music Award

WASHINGTON - May 10, 2011 -

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) honored John Wilson, executive director of the National Education Association (NEA) with its prestigious Support Music Award at a dinner on Monday night. NAMM recognized Wilson for his long-held belief in a complete education for all children, one that includes music and the arts as core academic subjects.

“John Wilson is an education leader who truly understands that kids simply need music and the arts to keep them engaged at school,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM. “We recognize John as a defender of creativity, innovation and passion in America’s schools for more than a decade at the NEA.”

The NAMM dinner was a part of the association’s weeklong music education advocacy efforts in Washington including special events, meetings with key legislators and educational seminars.

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).

The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. Follow NEA on twitter: @NEAMedia. For more information, please visit

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