Donation to Improve and Change Lives Within the Local Goan Community Through Music

Calangute, Goa, 12 January, 2018 – To start off the New Year on a positive note, Hard Rock Hotel Goa will be donating a $5,000 grant to The New Academy for Music Arts and Hindi (NAMAH). Supporting this great initiative, Mr. Vikas Sharma, General Manager, Hard Rock Hotel Goa said, “Music and philanthropy are the heart and soul of Hard Rock and we’re thrilled to be a part of the brand’s dedicated effort to make the world a better place through music. We are happy to extend our warm hospitality to NAMAH and we hope to enliven the lives of many children through music education”. Hard Rock International and its charitable arm, the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, selected Hard Rock Hotel Goa out of over 200 Hard Rock properties around the world to receive this grant to support its local community.

“Hard Rock Heals exists to improve lives through the power of music,” said Kellie Brown, Manager of Global Philanthropy for Hard Rock International. “The grants bestowed by the Foundation will be used for community-run music programs, which mean that Hard Rock International and Hard Rock Heals Foundation now support close to 100 music organizations in more than 40 countries around the world.”

The New Academy of Music Arts and Hindi (NAMAH) works along the same philosophy as the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. The organization hopes that each child is touched by the power of music and continues to live the same dream as other privileged children.

Delighted to receive the grant, Joaquim Fernandes, Executive Director NAMAH said, “We are very pleased to receive this grant from Hard Rock International as it will help us, in a big way, to reach out to all sections of society to promote music, drama and the arts. Namah’s philosophy is to reach out to the underprivileged sections of society through music and drama. Our organization hopes to be able to support a formal music and drama education for the children and train them for international exams. Thus they would be fortified with a recognized music degree. At present we are happy to receive support from any funding body, as the funds will benefit many more children in the future.”

Each year, the Hard Rock Heals Foundation receives applications for grants from Hard Rock properties around the globe, which are then reviewed by the organization’s Advisory Council. Properties are selected based on their chosen charity’s use of music to heal community members, foreseeable impact to be made in their local community and the property’s overall commitment to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation through volunteer work and campaign support. This year, 45 Hard Rock locations were awarded grants to help heal the world, one music note at a time.

The Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a global charity that believes music is the most universal medicine in existence. The foundation’s motto, Love.Amplifed., seeks to inspire us all to turn up the volume and deliver the message that lives can be improved through the power of music. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation provides grants and assistance to music-centric, health and wellness programs worldwide. All funds raised through Hard Rock’s various philanthropic efforts at cafes, hotels, casinos and other venues are used to support global and local efforts that tie closely to Hard Rock’s greatest brand differentiator – music.

To see the full list of grant winners and for more information on Hard Rock Heals Foundation, please visit: http://www.hardrock.com/healsfoundation.


The New Academy of Music Arts and Hindi (NAMAH) is a registered charity working towards the music development of the underprivileged in Goa. Since its inception in 2007, the society has used the intervention of new methods of education in reaching out to the less fortunate. The teaching methods begin with singing in unison and moving on to a four-part harmony.  Projects such as the HAMARA School in St. Inez, Goa, Konseisanv Balgram in Verna, Goa, The Pilerne Girls Choir, Goa, and Don Bosco College Choir, Goa have all achieved certification in music performance from the University of West London, UK. A further development to their recent projects includes a group of children trained in music at the National Association for the Blind, St. Cruz, Goa. Apart from these, NAMAH also supports individual talent and thereby helps them achieve professional certification. The annual concerts are an attraction in the city with thematic integration of song, dance, music & performance thus embracing and curating musical projects with the help of national and international artists.

About Hard Rock Heals Foundation

The Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and oversees all philanthropic outreach for Hard Rock International. Music is energy; it stirs emotion, inspires, connects and restores. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation exists to improve lives through the power of music. Since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock International has brought people together through the power of music. We have developed partnerships with artists ranging from emerging to iconic in support of charitable efforts around the world. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation provides grants and assistance to individuals whose goal is to heal through the power of music. Partnerships with like-minded, music-centric organizations allow Hard Rock Heals Foundation the opportunity to improve lives and promote wellness.

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 74 countries, including 179 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Managua, Cairo, Wroclaw and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.


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