About Us

Music is the language of connection

Whether we love playing and singing for pleasure, love performing music for our primary careers, or just love listening, music is how we share our deepest emotional selves. Music is available to everyone, regardless of skill, and to participate in music is one of life’s greatest pleasures. At Amateur Music Network we celebrate the amateur in all of us: we do it because we love it.

Our network is open to all; all ages and all genres/interests are welcome. If you haven’t played in a long time, if you’ve been playing regularly for years, if you’re a long-time musician trying out a new instrument or style to add to your skill set, or even if you’ve never picked up an instrument before – Amateur Music Network is for you.


Mission and Methods

We envision a world where music is an integral part of life, where all people experience the joy of playing, singing, and listening, and where access to music-making is available, encouraged, and celebrated.

Amateur Music Network makes the world more musical by means of:

  • Connecting musicians with one another to share in active musical experiences
  • Creating educational and performance opportunities for musicians, both on our own and through partnerships with other arts organizations
  • Providing access to resources for musicians

AMN DEI Statement


AMN is committed to the connecting power of music-making, and in music’s ability to bring people together across all boundaries of race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, and culture. Our unique online community listings embrace all musical genres and encourage the participation of all who wish to join us. We choose programs and presenters that bring wide-ranging perspectives and cultural experiences to a broad audience. We welcome and seek to enhance the musical lives of all participants, regardless of background, musical skill or experience, and we extend our offerings to the those who don’t have access to music-making opportunities in the community.


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Support AMN. Your donations and your involvement help us support local musicians through our workshops. Thank you to our donors and sponsors!

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AMN founder Lolly Lewis

I’ve been so fortunate to be active in music all my life, as a recording engineer and producer, amateur singer, and dedicated fan. Five years as producer of Community of Music Makers workshops for the San Francisco Symphony showed me that there’s a vibrant network of amateur musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area who hunger for opportunities to make music together. I founded Amateur Music Network to support musicians in the SF Bay Area and beyond.

Board of Directors

  • Corty Fengler, Chair
  • Terry Vogt, Treasurer
  • Danielle Napoleon, Secretary
  • Lolly Lewis, Founder
  • Sylvia Chen
  • Emily Limón
  • Divesh Karamchandani
  • Nicholas Pavkovic
  • James “Sky” Schuyler
  • Elizabeth Susskind
  • Brent Smith
  • Jeanette Yu

 Advisory Board

  • Rebecca Blum, Senior Director of Orchestra and Education Planning, San Francisco Symphony
  • Nan Keeton, Arts Consultant
  • David Landis, Former President, Landis Communications Inc.
  • Michael Roest, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Jerome Simas, Clarinetist, San Francisco Symphony
  • Dee Spencer, Professor of Jazz and Musical Theatre in the School of Theatre & Dance at San Francisco State University
  • Robin Sutherland, Principal Pianist, San Francisco Symphony (in memoriam)

Partners and Sponsors