NEWS! United by Music North America has been selected!

NEWS!     United by Music North America has been selected!  Through a formal application, review and interview process, United by Music North America is honored to have been chosen by the ISing Choir Beneficiary Committee  (Beaverton, OR) to be their 2017 recipient of funding from selected concerts performed by this exceptional choir! More news to come about those concerts scheduled for May and December. This weekend you can have a preview!

ISing The Blues,  happening this weekend:
Friday and Saturday, March 3th & 4th – Beaverton, OR
5150 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, Oregon

7:00pm Doors Open 7:30pm Concert
The event is not tickets, donations are encouraged in order to support the choir in their efforts to produce Spring and Winter concerts which benefit United by Music North America program & productions.

United By Music North America is honored to have been selected as collaborative recipient of ISing Choir's annual beneficiary award for nonprofit organizations making a difference in their communities! As we enter our fifth performance year in North America, we are especially grateful to have received this recognition from one of Portland's premier choral ensembles: benefiting local nonprofit programs while having a great time doing so! 

Mark your calendars for an exceptional choral experience May 5th, 6th, & 7th for the ISing Spring Concert series, under the direction of Steven Galavan - "Out of the Americas"! Details will be forthcoming! 

Members from the United by Music North America vocal ensemble have been invited to perform during these concerts.

Memphis here we come!

Only four days to LIFT OFF! 

Our United by Music North America band and entourage has grown to 35 people representing communities from Oregon, Washington, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi!
 For those attending the International Blues Challenge activities, we hope you will come to one - OR ALL! - of our presentations and workshops February 2 and 3 in clubs on Beale Street. 

This Blues Foundation organized event is recognized as one of the most important international gatherings of blues musicians and fans in the world. 

We are honored to have been invited by the Blues Foundation to Showcase our artists and the program! 

As we enter our fifth performance year here in North America, we are seeking NEW band members, mentors, volunteers, donors, and sponsors. 

Come out to cheer our talented and courageous artists, and support these important efforts with your financial donation. EVERY dollar is important and EVERY dollar is matched through February 6th!  
Thank you!

Press Release: The National Blues Museum to Host United by Music North America Band with Special Guest Christone “Kingfish” Ingram!

We're headed for St. Louis! Three performances this week! Two during the annual convention for TASH and one in the LUMIERETHEATER at the National Blues Museum! The TASH Conference shows are for those registered at the conference, but the one on December 1st is FREE and OPEN to the Public PLUS, for those who attend the Noon Concert, a DISCOUNTED admittance to the museum is offered.


For the National Blues Museum
Sherry Nash, Director of External Affairs 

For United by Music North America Barbara Hammerman 

The National Blues Museum to Host United by Music North America Band with
Special Guest Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Free Concert Showcases Talent of Musicians with Developmental Challenges

St. Louis, MO – November 18, 2016: The National Blues Museum announced today that it will host a free, lunchtime concert on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 11 am to 1 pm featuring the United by Music North America Band with special guest, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. The concert will take place in the museum’s Lumiere Place Legends Room.
United by Music North America is a performance-based program for people who are very musically- talented and have developmental challenges, such as autism. “We appreciate the opportunity to bring our talented and courageous artists for this special show to the National Blues Museum,” says Barbara Hammerman, one of the co-founders of United by Music North America. “The United by Music band is especially excited to have Kingfish as a guest musician, “Hammerman explains. “This child prodigy’s soul is possessed with the feeling, passion and fire of the much older men who created the Blues.”
“We know the audience will be both highly-entertained and moved by the performance,” says National Blues Museum’s Executive Director, Dion Brown. “The museum is honored to host the show and hope people will come out and see these inspiring artists.”
United by Music North America recently received the Muddy Award - Best Northwest Event for their series of performances and workshops during the 2016 Waterfront Blues Festival. The band has also performed at sold-out shows with their European counterparts in the Netherlands. Kingfish has
entertained at the White House and on national television shows including The Steve Harvey Show and
The Rachel Ray Show.
The concert is free and open to the public; attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Those wanting to tour the museum after the performance will receive a discounted admission rate.

About the National Blues Museum

The National Blues Museum is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history and legacy of Blues music and its impact on world culture. Located in Downtown St. Louis in the Mercantile Exchange (MX) district, the museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to be the premier entertainment and educational resource focused on the Blues as the foundation of American music. Voted as a top travel destination in 2016 by The New York Times,, and CNN, the National Blues Museum uses artifact-driven exhibits, live performances and interactive galleries to perpetuate Blues culture for future generations of artists, fans and historians. Conveniently located at the center of St. Louis’s convention and tourism district, the museum is within walking distance of the iconic Gateway Arch, the home venues of the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, and many other attractions and amenities. For more information, visit To stay connected, follow @NatBluesMuseum on Twitter, @NationalBluesMuseum on Instagram, and like "National Blues Museum" on Facebook.

About United by Music North America
United by Music North America is a performance-based program for people who are very musically talented and have developmental challenges such as autism. They are discovered through auditions and personal interviews and matched with professional musicians for the purpose of gaining skills necessary to being in a band and performing for the general public at festivals, events and private parties. United by Music North America founders Barbara Hammerman and Amanda Gresham envision United by Music programs throughout North America and invite people to contact them through the website at to recommend an artist or learn more about this program which is transforming lives through music.

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JUNKYARD JANE - Oct 26th in Tacoma

joins their friends

for a lunch-time show Oct 26th
12-1:30p at Anthem Coffee across
from U or WA - Tacoma Campus
1911 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA

Want to audition for UBMNA? Say hello after the show!

United by Music North America is a performance-based program for musically talented people with developmental delays and challenges. 

Let’s connect!!
On the web:
FB: United by Music North America
Twitter: @UnitedbyMusicNA
PH vm: 253-225-7655
Barbara Hammerman - President
Amanda Gresham - Artistic Director

Bobby Rush with United by Music and Friends - Oct 31

Bobby Rush with United by Music and Friends Master of Ceremonies Andy Stokes leads a BOO-Tee-FULL Evening of Music & Stories! No Tricks here, only Treats!

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One SPOOKtacular Night Only & Exclusive NW performance! 

National recording artist, Mr Bobby Rush is coming to Portland specifically to perform with his friends in United by Music North America Band! Rush estimates that he has cut over 345 songs since he first began making music. He has been honored with 3 Grammy nominations, 10 Blues Music Awards, 41 nominations and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006.

As a decade long, frequent featured guest on Amanda Gresham's Delta Music Experience travel trips and productions, he learned about Amanda's passion for United by Music North America and has served as a fan and mentor since Amanda and Barbara Hammerman started the North American program in 2012. It's especially exciting that Mr. Bobby is coming to Portland specifically to be with the UBMNA Artists, Mentors and fans of United by Music as they begin their 5th Anniversary Season in 2017.

Recently returned from six sold-out performances in The Netherlands, United by Music North America musicians will give you something to cheer about with their Blues, Jazz, and Rock-n-Roll tunes, a perfect Halloween mix!

Portland’s own Andy Stokes will be on hand along with other United by Music mentors to create an soul stirring, spirited, spell-binding, wickedly wonderful brew, just for YOU!

Both of these multi- award-winning gentlemen will be sharing tunes from their new albums and joining the exceptional musicians of United by Music North America on stage.

 “ A man or a woman can live a long time without food or water, but they can’t live long without hope. United by Music gives Hope to so many” 
–Mr. Bobby Rush made this observation on Mighty Mouth Blues radio, with hosts, Oogie and Amanda.

Listen to Bobby Rush in his own words talking about United by Music North America on Mighty Mouth Blues radio, with hosts, Oogie and Amanda:

Andy Stokes, funk and R&B master, sings and guides the evening of music magic. Andy's heart and soul are worn on his sleeve as he sings everything from soulful power ballads to upbeat funk tunes that make your whole body want to move.

The combination of Bobby Rush, Andy Stokes, the Artists of United by Music and some special guests will be a powerful, enriching, moving Halloween evening full of BeWitching Music and fantastically fun friends feel-good-vibes that will surround you throughout the night and long after the lights of the stage have gone down.

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United by Music North America is a performance-based program for very musically talented people who have developmental challenges and delays.

On the web:   Facebook:  
Twitter:  @UnitedbyMusicNA

EMAIL:  PH vm: 253-225-7655

United by Music Artists are In the News!

United by Music North America was featured in the September, 2016 edition of Oregon Jewish Life.

“In concerts from Portland to Amsterdam, United by Music North America is healing the world one song at a time”, writes Deborah Moon in the September 2016 cover story in the magazine Oregon Jewish Life. Ms. Moon's comprehensive story, coupled with many vibrant photos is available in print and also online by clicking this link The entire magazine is full of fun, informative articles.

The cover of Jewish Life featuring United by Music.
“Deborah spent so much time visiting with us, asking questions, listening and coming to rehearsals and performances. We are grateful for her dedication to telling this story in this beautiful print magazine and glad we are able to access it online as well”  
– Barbara Hammerman, President, Co-founder, United by Music North America

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