Narada Michael Walden Foundation
Making a Difference Through MUSIC



To enable youth to experience creativity, love and delight through music, and be inspired to make a productive contribution to our community, our nation and our world.


The Narada Michael Walden Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people by supporting music appreciation and education for Bay Area youth.  Through grants, scholarships, educational programs, performances, mentorships and collaborations with community organizations the Foundation provides opportunities for emerging young artists.


Established in 2004, by Grammy award-winning producer, songwriter, and musician Narada Michael Walden, the NMWF is focused on music appreciation and education.

The Foundation delivers its services through a network of non-profit organizations with proven track records of success in youth education and community empowerment. We partner with organizations that provide instruments, music education, and mentoring to students. The Foundation also facilitates the award of college scholarships for aspiring artists and enables the stars of tomorrow by offering talented, emerging young artists access to recording facilities, coaching and production support.

The NMWF is a collaborative effort supported by recognized musicians joined together to support youth. The Narada Michael Walden Foundation respects the potential in every person.

There’s no way to measure the Importance of music in schools.
It gives them a sense of self worth. It gives them a concrete vision of what they can do to heal this planet
— Carlos Santana, Musician

What We've Achieved

  • The Music Grant Program: Launched in 2016, the Grant Program directly supports students who are pursuing their music dreams/education and are in need of assistance. This exciting new program continues the Foundation's tradition of working with and providing access to music for talented young people.

  • The Holiday Jam: A joyous 19-year tradition that provides opportunities for young musicians to perform with guests who have included Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar, Martha Reeves, Tom Johnston, Clarence Clemmons, David Grisman and many others. Young people play key roles in all areas of performance and production, including sound engineering and video recording.

  • Mentoring Emerging Young Artists: More than 500 students have performed in our events and/or worked with Narada and his talented production team.  One example is The Singer’s Experience a program where students develop their talents by studying important artists past and present. A highlight of this program was the first Spring Fling with Strings concert where 15 young singers learned and then performed the music of the legendary Billie Holiday.

  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music: In 2009, the NMWF donated a $10,000 percussion scholarship to the SF Conservatory and featured their50-piece orchestra in the Foundation’s 2009 Let the Sunshine In Concert at Davies Symphony Hall.

  • Performing Stars of Marin: For more than 18 years Narada and the NMWF have provided mentoring, instruments and performance opportunities to the children of Performing Stars, an organization that provides training in dance, music, and social skills to under served children. In 2012, the Foundation presented snare drums and provided drum lessons to these young musicians who then performed at the 16th Annual Holiday Jam.

  • Academy of Art University: In partnership with AAU, a private art school founded in San Francisco in 1929, we facilitate the awarding of scholarships to the University’s pre-College Summer Art Program.  Since 2012, eight high school students have received summer scholarships, with three subsequently earning 4-year scholarships to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program.

  • Let the Sunshine In Concert In 2009: We partnered with more than 100 artists to produce a benefit at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for Christopher Rodriguez and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Christopher, a talented 12-year-old piano student attending Oakland School of the Arts, was the victim of gun violence.

  • Marin School of the Arts: Since 2011, the NMWF has mentored young MSA musicians at this arts academy within Novato High School. We have sponsored drum clinics, individual instruction, and performance opportunities and have partnered with MSA in fund raising benefits.

  • Harbor Point Charitable Foundation: In 2012 and 2013, we partnered with Harbor Point and the Marin School of the Arts to present the Divine Wine Extravaganza with proceeds benefiting organizations increasing the quality of life for Bay Area children.

Narada Michael Walden Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization

Tax I.D. 33-0611377