Once again, the NAMM Foundation will bring together groups of students and faculty involved in the industry for sessions and time on the show floor during the 2014 NAMM Show, January 23–26, in Anaheim, California.
NAMM Foundation's "NAMM Generation Next" program offers college music majors, music faculty and music school leaders a chance to attend the show, providing participants with endless networking opportunities with more than 1,400 exhibiting companies. In addition, participation in professional development sessions offer tools and guidance for careers in the music industry.
"NAMM welcomes the expanded participation of college music majors and their faculty mentors and professors in the Generation Next program," said Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. "As future leaders in music-be it as performers, teachers or music products innovators or business leaders-you are critical to the future of music and to NAMM's membership. This program benefits our manufacturer and retail members alike."
“The Generation Next program helps me professionally, mainly by giving me an outstanding addition to my resume,” one participant explained. Another said, “Generation Next has made me more sure of my career and of my future. Getting to see the music business first hand has made me realize I really will be able to get a job that I love and can live on with a music business degree.”
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Music Education Days
NAMM also invites music educators and school administrators from across the country to experience NAMM's "Music Education Days." The seventh annual event will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26. The NAMM Foundation hosts music educators and school administrators providing access to NAMM's premier industry-only music product trade show, where they will have an opportunity to preview the latest instruments, products and tools relevant to today's music classrooms.
"Now in its seventh year, Music Education Days continues to celebrate and support music educators in their very important role of inspiring children to learn to play music," said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the NAMM Foundation. "This event brings together music education professionals to network with the industry and each other, but it also offers tools to create even better music programs in their districts."
Being at the show is a great way to learn about innovations in the industry and helps develop educational plans, according to one educator. "When talking to administrators about the future of my program, having some of the items in mind that I saw on the floor will help me project how my program can improve, especially as technology is changing so quickly. Staying abreast of the changes companies have made in their products or new products and having set aside this time to focus on just this will help me plan my budget goals for next year.”
Stay tuned to www.namm.org/thenammshow for more information about Generation Next and Music Education Days at the 2014 NAMM Show.