Public Affairs & Government Relations

NAMM stands for its Members every day by providing ongoing representation in Washington, D.C. on issues that impact the music products industry, including:

  • Music education and education reform legislation and funding
  • Small business health insurance legislation
  • Estate tax reform
  • Import/export laws
  • E-commerce tax reform

Advancing Music: Public Policy, Music Education and Music Making
A blog by Mary Luehrsen, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations

SEE YOU AT SUMMER NAMM @Nashville

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014

Import/Export Forum

Noon–1 p.m. Deli Lunch Buffet

Music City Center, 205 A–C

Join us today for a forum addressing updates on current import/export regulations and how they may affect your business. Topics include wood, important electronic documentation requirements, an overview of the proposed ivory ban and advocacy efforts regarding commerce of musical instruments containing ivory. NAMM Members affected by regulations impacting the shipment of plant or animal products are encouraged to attend. RSVP HERE

Coalition on Coalitions

3–4 p.m.

Music City Center, R&B lounge

Join NAMM Members and guests who are currently involved in state-level music education advocacy efforts as part of the SupportMusic Coalition. Learn strategies for expanding music education advocacy in states and local communities. RSVP HERE

Intellectual Property Forum

5:30–6:30 p.m. Beer and Appetizers

Music City Center, 205 A–C

Music product creators, innovators, fabricators, business owners and managers concerned about securing and protecting their intellectual property are invited to attend NAMM's IP Forum. Learn about NAMM’s IP Academy planned for the fall developed in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. RSVP HERE

 

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

SupportMusic Coalition Webcast “Live from Summer NAMM”

12 –1 p.m. Deli Buffet Lunch

Music City Center, 205 A–C

Join us today for a light lunch and advocacy updates at the SupportMusic Coalition Webinar “Live from Summer NAMM.” The gathering will highlight NAMM Members who are ramping up music education advocacy in their states and local communities, and celebrate Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for their NAMM Foundation Best Communities for Music Education designation. RSVP Here

Partner Reception

4 –5 p.m.

NAMM Member Center

Drop by the Member Center for a special NAMM Foundation Partner Reception, where you can learn more about the organizations that share our industry's mission to increase opportunities for people to learn and make music. Soft drinks and snacks will be served.

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014

Recreational Music Making Forum

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

Music City Center, 205 A–C

Don’t miss this important forum on promoting the benefits of Recreational Music Making in your community and reaching out to customers to engage them in the joys of making music. Learn from NAMM Members who participated in this year’s National Music Day on June 21, hosted concerts and other “just play music” events; gain practical tips and techniques that your store can use for next year’s event and be part of the global effort for Make Music Day on summer solstice, June 21, 2015. Complimentary continental breakfast included. RSVP HERE

Community Ukulele Circle

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.         

Outside Corner of 5th Ave/Demonbreun

Bring your island spirit. Kala Brand Music will provide the ukuleles for this lively strum-along—no experience necessary! No RSVP

Community Drum Circle

3 – 4:00 p.m.  

Outside Corner of 5th Ave/Demonbreun

Brought to you by NAMM and Remo, Inc., just come by, pick up a drum and find your rhythm! No RSVP

Pick Up Your Free Sesame Street Posters

While you’re in the NAMM Member Center, be sure to pick up some free Sesame Street posters. They’ll brighten up your store walls and remind parents that their little ones can make music too! Fresh baked cookies served every day from 3–4 p.m.!

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Recent Legislation Could Impact Ivory Ban

July 7, 2014

Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to maintain the regulation of ivory-containing musical instruments and other products as such rules existed on February 24,...

NAMM, with Musical Instrument Coalition, Seek Solutions to Proposed Ivory Ban

June 26, 2014

Together with other musical instrument service organizations, the attached brief outlines issues and solutions to the proposed ivory ban that would restrict travel, use and...

Legislatures in New Jersey and New York have passed bills prohibiting the sale of products containing ivory

June 26, 2014

Legislatures in New Jersey and New York have passed bills prohibiting the sale of products containing ivory (including elephant, mammoth and walrus).  As of June 26, both...

Curator from the National Music Museum Testifies before Congress

June 24, 2014

Earlier today the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held a hearing on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed ivory ban. Arian...

Revised CITES Regulations to Allow Sale of Musical Instruments with CITES Appendix 1 Species

June 24, 2014

The Fish & Wildlife Service has amended the "use after import" provisions of its CITES regulations (50 CFR 23.55) to allow for the commercial sale of musical instruments...

UPDATE: Proposed New Ivory Regulations and Impacts on Musical Instruments

May 30, 2014

The Administration’s new National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking threatens to treat the sale of many existing, legally-produced musical instruments as criminal...

SEE YOU AT SUMMER NAMM @Nashville

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014

Import/Export Forum

Noon–1 p.m. Deli Lunch Buffet

Music City Center, 205 A–C

Join us today for a forum addressing updates on current...

NAMM Members Advocate for Music Education in D.C.

NAMM offers members opportunity to support music education during D.C. Fly-In, May 19-21

Carlsbad, CA (May 18, 2014) – NAMM members prepare to take the nation’s capital by storm making the case for comprehensive...

NAMM Members Gathering at Issues Forum During NAMM Show-Tap Into Issues Updates and Resources Provided at Links Below

Intellectual Property (IP) Forum @ The 2014 NAMM Show

Music product creators, innovators, fabricators, business owners and managers concerned about securing and protecting intellectual property vital to...

SupportMusic Community Forum-It’s A Wrap

The NAMM Foundation finished its back to school year advocacy kick off with five SupportMusic Community Forums across the U.S.  In collaboration with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the NAMM Foundation presented town-hall...

SupportMusic Coalition school year kick off – on the road with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

For us at NAMM, back to school means a chance to rev the engines again for targeted and increased action as music education advocates.  And this year, the term “rev the engines” takes on new meaning as we converge with...

Kick off the School Year with SupportMusic Webcast Live from NAMM Headquarters and the Museum of Making Music in Collaboration with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Sept. 10 is the day that the SupportMusic Coalition kicks off another school year and this year’s campaign to celebrate and raise awareness about the importance of music and arts education in the core curriculum.

Please...

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