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

January 1, 2020 in Buffalo Bob Sez

Buffalo Bob Sez: Looking Back at 2019 …

Thanks to our nearly 500 members, the SAM Foundation continues to be an active, vibrant, busy organization. We’ve expanded our Board to 13 members to help with getting all our…
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January 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

Free shows for members: January 2020

Between Jan. 16 and Feb. 16, we’re providing tickets to five different shows at two different venues in WNY. Email me at and tell me which shows you want…
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January 1, 2020 in History, Profile

Searching For Townes Van Zandt in Buffalo

Graphic by Mandy Newham-Cobb   By Courtney S. Lennon It’s 7 p.m. on a cold December night at Nietzsche’s on Allen Street. Thirty years ago, Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt…
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