NAMM Generation Next

NAMM Foundation's "NAMM Generation Next" program welcomes music majors, music faculty and music school leaders from universities across the country to explore The 2015 NAMM Show and learn more about the music products industry.

Plenary sessions, panel discussions and inspiring performances are offered daily and in collaboration with the College Music Society (CMS), Generation Next attendees are provided with break-out sessions ranging in topics from writing a great resume to using iPads in classroom settings.

"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," says Lamond. "This program benefits our manufacturer and retail members alike."

“My overall experience at NAMM was insanely amazing," says Generation Next attendee Michael Mullens from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. "It is like nothing else in the industry, and I am going to cherish the knowledge learned for years to come. It gave me ideas for my future and has definitely changed the way I work with technology and how it is integrated into music. I can't thank NAMM enough for this experience, and I hope to be at many more NAMM Shows in the future.” 

Frequently Asked Questions

Download the 2014 NAMM Foundation Schedule of Events as a reference.

Feedback from past attendees:

“We were happy to attend, make connections and plans for next year. Thanks NAMM!!”

“The Generation Next program helps me professionally, mainly by giving me an outstanding addition to my resume.”

“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.”

“Generation Next helped me to be more informed on my future decisions and career goals.”

“Generation Next allowed me to begin to create meaningful networks and relationships with fellow music business students across the country. It also showed me the further options in career choice I have in the music industry.”

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NAMM President's Innovation Award

The NAMM President's Innovation Award supports individuals who are enrolled in music business and music education courses and are preparing for a job in the music products industry. Students who apply and meet the following criteria can be awarded with a $600 stipend to help with expenses with attending the NAMM Show:

  • Must be enrolled for the summer or fall 2014 semester in a university-based music business and/or music education program.
  • Must be able to prove with a Spring 2014 high school or college transcript that they are maintaining an overall 3.0 grade average.
  • Must also intend to be enrolled full time in college at the time of the NAMM Show in January 2015 and through the winter/spring semester.

Apply here for the 2015 President's Innovation Award.  Read more about the 2014 recipients.