NAMM Foundation Appointment

NAMM Foundation Appointment

The NAMM Foundation welcomes Ron Manus to the organization’s board of directors in the role of Secretary-Treasurer. As a member of the board, Manus will serve a three-year term to guide the work of the non-profit and fulfill its vision to create access to and advance participation in music-making across the lifespan of music making. Manus succeeds Susan Lipp, Owner/Chairman of Full Compass, as Secretary-Treasurer.

 “Ron has served as a pillar to the music community for decades and we are honored to have him join the board. We look forward to seeing the profound impact he will have on The NAMM Foundation,” says John Mlynczak, President and CEO of NAMM and President of The NAMM Foundation.

 Manus shares, "I am beyond excited to join the NAMM Foundation Board of Directors. Music has always been the heartbeat of my life, and I can’t wait to work with an organization that’s dedicated to making music accessible and inspiring for everyone. Together, we’ll amplify the power of music and support the next generation of musicians to unleash their inner rock stars!"

Ron Manus, Chief Business Development Officer, is the third generation of the Manus family, helping to lead educational music powerhouse Alfred Music into the future. He is a distinguished leader in music education, renowned for his dedication to enhancing the lives of aspiring musicians and educators. His career, spanning several decades, has profoundly impacted how music is taught and shared globally.

 Manus’ early training in clarinet, piano, and guitar laid the foundation for his diverse approach to music education. He joined Alfred Music in 1988, following the legacy of his grandfather, Sam Manus, and his father, Morty. Under his guidance, Alfred Music embraced technology, pioneering digital learning tools that revolutionized music education.

 Committed to educational advocacy, Manus established numerous programs promoting music in schools and communities. His innovative efforts have earned him numerous accolades, cementing his legacy as a true maestro of music education. Ron Manus continues to inspire musicians and educators, ensuring the joy of music is accessible to all.

 With the appointment, Manus will join Chris White, Chair of The NAMM Foundation and President/CEO of White House of Music, Inc.; Dinah Gretsch, Vice Chair of The NAMM Foundation and Executive Vice President/CFO of Gretsch Company. Victor Wooten, Director of the NAMM Foundation and five-time Grammy Award recipient; and John Mlynczak, President of the NAMM Foundation and President and CEO of NAMM.


About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $19.5 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of 15,400 global member companies and individual professionals with a global workforce of over 475,000 employees. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music and advance active participation in music-making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit