Music Foundation in Buffalo, NY

The SAM Foundation and its members would not disagree with U2’s Bono who said of music, “It can change the world because it can change people.” And so since its formation just over three years ago, along with celebrating, supporting and promoting the tremendous talent we have in Western NY, the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation has been committed to getting music into ears and instruments into the hands of as many kids as possible.

Focusing on under-served communities, the Foundation has provided musical lessons on all types of instruments, vocal, and performance training to hundreds of young western New Yorkers to date. Working in collaboration with great community resources such as The Valley Community Association, The Old First Ward Community Center, Child and Adolescent Treatment Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, our educational advisory staff structures programs that are as entertaining as they are educational.





To foster, promote and expand community appreciation for Americana music from Buffalo and Western New York through the production and sponsorship of performance and broadcast events and presentation of seminars and workshops on Americana music.

Recent Posts

March 2, 2021 in Interviews

Sitting down with Uncle Ben’s Remedy

By JESSICA MEDITZ The last thing Ben Westlund and his cousin, Harmony Griffin, probably expected when they were asking Santa Claus for their first instruments as kids was that they…
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March 2, 2021 in Reviews

Easy Ways to Here review

By Elmer Ploetz There's something to be said for geographic specificity in music. Even 60 or 70 years ago, there was a lot of regional music around the country. Most…
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March 2, 2021 in Buckwords

Buckwords: March Time

Can it really be March already? I suppose the month always sneaks up on me due to February’s skimpy 28 days, or—ok—29 days (once every four years). Surprise! Suddenly it’s…
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