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    Jeff Shaw, 35
    Executive Director/Founder
    Maine Academy of Modern Music

    Jeff Shaw was nominated for his
    MaineToday Media Forty Under
    40 award by a Falmouth mom
    whose young son, Jackson, attends
    the nonprofit Maine Academy of
    Modern Music (MAMM) which
    Shaw founded five years ago.

    “My son, who’s 10, was taking bass
    lessons at the school, and when he
    became good enough, Jeff put him
    in a band (Emergency Sirens) with
    three other kids. They’re playing
    their first show this weekend, and
    then at the Old Port Festival on June
    10.

    “What really impresses me,
    and also led me to volunteer at
    MAMM, is how amazing Jeff is
    with the children, and the impact
    that he makes on them,†Suzanne
    Quinn explains. “Kids who might
    otherwise be playing by themselves
    at home are playing with other, likeminded
    kids, and the result is that
    their music is really brought to life,
    played for live audiences.â€Â

    Shaw, executive director at/
    founder of MAMM, grew up in
    the Downeast town of Milbridge,
    learned during his teenage years to
    play guitar, and went on to graduate
    from the University of Maine at
    Machias in 2000. After college
    he traveled, then became a music
    teacher and launched a company
    bringing music and workshops to
    schools, nursing homes, and youth
    organizations in eastern Maine.

    Moving to Portland in 2003, Shaw
    began teaching at the Spurwink
    Schools (his present day job), Long
    Creek Youth Development Center
    and the Portland Conservatory
    of Music. MAMM, perhaps best
    known for the “MAMM SLAM:
    Maine’s High School Rock Off,â€Â
    serves hundreds of southern Maine
    kids (and holds adult rock camps,
    too) every year. This summer will
    see more than a dozen MAMM
    camps around the state (see
    maineacademyofmodernmusic.org
    ).
    Shaw is too busy to play in a
    band these days, but his Portland
    household, shared with wife Aviva
    and children Piper and Brayden, is
    very musical.


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