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

February 15, 2020 in Foundation, News

In Memoriam: Josh Gage

From the SAM Foundation, condolences to the all the friends and family of Josh Gage of The Observers. It's a very sad day to lose one of our great musicians…
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February 1, 2020 in Buffalo Bob Sez

Buffalo Bob Sez: Changes coming to the SAM Foundation board + Foundation Night Gallery

This is my last Buffalo Bob article as the SAM Foundation president, but I’m still staying on the Board for now, so in the coming months I’ll have something to…
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February 1, 2020 in Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras Playlist (with video links!)

Mardi Gras is coming up on Feb. 25, so who better to ask for a playlist than Tod Kniazuk? Tod is the founder and executive director of The Big Easy…
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