Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Executive Director, D’Addario Foundation
Suzanne grew up in the music industry as a 4th generation family member of D’Addario and Company, global manufacturer of instrument accessories. A graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a BS in business administration and marketing, Suzanne ironically received a scholarship to play division 1 field hockey and participated in the sport throughout her college tenure.
Serving as the executive director of not-for-profit D’Addario Foundation for over 8 years, Suzanne has overseen the growth and refinement of effective grant-making processes that ensure the up to $1 million dollars in monetary and product support invested annually in quality music education, has a high likelihood for sustained impact. Through a disciplined vetting system, Suzanne leads the extensive evaluation that results in support to 200+ high quality, robust music instruction programs yearly.
Suzanne has served as a conscientious ambassador for the Foundation, significantly increasing the visibility of the Foundation’s work and spearheading the Foundation’s first successful development efforts. Recently Suzanne was able to acquire a substantial commitment to launch the Foundation’s College Scholarship Program that will encourage low-income students to apply to college by providing monetary assistance to cover expenses. Suzanne initiated the relaunch and growth of the D’Addario Performance Series providing U.S. debut performances to the world’s best emerging guitarists. And, she helped establish the Foundation’s first-ever direct service program providing under-privileged students with eight hours a week of free stringed instrument instruction in a school district that has not had a string program in over 30 years. The program, now in its 6th year, has won multiple awards and has been featured in major publications.
Under Suzanne’s tenure, the D’Addario Foundation has won the Music and Sound Retailer Community Service Award five years in a row voted on by her peers in the music industry. Suzanne also serves as a board member of Harmony Project of America as well as an advisor board member to the Midori and Friends organization.