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

April 8, 2024 in Foundation

Willie Schoellkopf’s Memorialization, April 2024

Generous doesn’t come close to the love that was poured out of friends and family of Willie Schoellkopf who gave to the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation in Willie’s name.  On…
Read More
April 8, 2024 in Education, Jazz

All Jazz is Americana by Constance Caldwell, April 2024

What does a jazz manifesto have to do with Americana? Everything! All Jazz is Americana. This statement was mightily endorsed by Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation in 2018 while supporting “Jazz…
Read More
April 8, 2024 in Bluegrass Roundup

Bluegrass Roundup by Mark Panfil, April 2024

In my imagination, there is a big room full of doors. Each door represents an entry spot for most bluegrass pickers and fans. I’d see a door with The Kingston…
Read More