Frequently Asked Questions

Summer NAMM

Visit the Summer NAMM hotel information page to find out NAMM's official hotels and to view instructions for booking your rooms.

The Exhibitor Help Desk is located at the back of Hall C

Tuesday, June 21: 8am–5:30pm
Wednesday, June 22: 8am–7pm
Thursday, June 23: 7:30am–6:30
Friday, June 24: 8am–6:30pm 
Saturday, June 25: 8am–7pm

For all general show information, maps and schedules, please download and use the NAMM app, available after April 15. 

Yes, the bag check is located at the Summer NAMM Registration Desk on Level 2 of the Music City Center. Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is a FREE service and is open on show days only. 
Thursday 9:00am–6:30pm
Friday 9:00am–6:30pm
Saturday 9:00am–5:00pm

On one day a year, NAMM opens its doors to musicians and the many pro-light, sound and staging professionals in Music City for Music Industry Day. Learn more at www.namm.org/musicindustryday.

Show Location & Hours

Music City Center
201 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

June 23–25, 2016

Thursday: 10 am–6 pm
Friday: 10 am–6 pm
Saturday: 10 am–4 pm

Badge registration is now open. You need to be an active NAMM member to register for badges for Summer NAMM. Visit our membership page if you would like more information on becoming a NAMM member.

To register for Summer NAMM badges, your NAMM Member profile must be designated as one of the following: Trade Show ContactRegistration ContactHotel ContactPrimary Contact or Administrator. These contacts within your company have access to register staff, according to your allotment. To check your role, visit your profile page. Once you have confirmed your account authorization, please visit badge registration.

Please note: Badges are free to register until June 8, 2016, 11:59 p.m. PDT. After that, badge fees apply. There are no refunds granted.

We invite your company to take full advantage of the opportunity to join us for our annual industry event. View the official 2016 Summer NAMM Invitation to Exhibit now to learn about all the benefits of exhibiting.

You can apply for exhibit space online (must be logged in) or download a PDF application.

Exhibiting at NAMM trade shows is an opportunity for active NAMM Member companies only. If you are not an active member, please apply for NAMM Membership today. NAMM's Membership is comprised of companies that make, buy and/or sell musical instruments and products. If your company meets this requirement, we invite you to complete a Space/Membership Application to start the process of becoming a Member of NAMM.

For assistance with booking your space or to answer any questions, please contact your NAMM Business Partner directly, or call 800.767.6266 (+1 760.438.8001 for international callers), e-mail tradeshowsales@namm.org or log on to www.namm.org/summer.

Dan Moylan
Director
Trade Show Sales
Ext.114
danielm@namm.org

Dominique Agnew
Associate Director
Trade Show Sales
Ext. 123
dominiquea@namm.org

Ann Collins
Senior Account Manager
Trade Show Sales
Ext. 213
annc@namm.org

Harrison Radie
Global Sales Manager
Trade Show Sales
Ext. 242
harrisonr@namm.org

Sarah Cook
Account Executive
Trade Show Sales
Ext. 227
sarahc@namm.org

 

Darnell Botts
Account Executive
Trade Show Sales
Ext. 232
darnellb@namm.org

 

 

 

 

Summer NAMM badge registration is open for all active NAMM members. Exhibitors can register after they've submitted a space application and made a payment. The free badge deadline is June 8, 2016, 11:59 pm PDT.

Please note: There are no refunds granted.

Each registrant is required to provide a unique (or individual) email address to receive all communications concerning your registration.

Badge confirmations are sent to the email address provided by your company’s authorized contact. If you have not received your badge confirmation, please have your company’s authorized contact confirm your correct email address in the system and resend.

Badge confirmations are sent to unique email addresses only. If you have used the same email address for other individuals, the system will not send multiple email confirmations for multiple individuals. You can go online, edit the email address and add a unique email for each person to make sure individuals each receive a confirmation.

You need to be an active NAMM member to register for badges for Summer NAMM. Visit our membership page if you would like more information on becoming a NAMM member. NAMM members can find information about registration and badge pick-up on our badge registration page. The free badge deadline is June 8, 2016, 11:59 pm PDT.

Please note: There are no refunds granted.

To learn more about all show policies, including badge regulations and other event guidelines, please visit namm.org/summer/2016/policies.

Registration is located in the Level 2 Lobby of the Music City Center.

Registration Hours

Wednesday, June 22: 8 am to 6 pm
Thursday, June 23: 8 am to 6 pm
Friday, June 24: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, June 25: 9 am to 3 pm

The Music City Center is ADA compliant with wheelchair-accessible doors, elevators and ramps throughout the building. You may contact the companies below for mobility/wheelchair rentals. 

Mobility/Wheelchair Rental

Medical Mobility Inc.
www.medicalmobility.com

(615) 851-1400
316 Bluebird Drive
Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Williams Surgical Supply Inc.
www.medicalsupplynashville.com

(615) 327-4931
1501 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37203

 

Music City Center Parking Rates
*Please note, accepts both cash and credit card

June 23-25, 2016 (Show Days)
Rates are $15 daily flat fee

Standard rates all other days
0-4 hours: $7.00
4-10 hours: $12.00
Daily Max: $18.00
Lost Ticket: $18.00

Special event: Rates subject to change, depending on other events happening within the downtown area.
For other parking rates, maps and deals downtown, visit Park It! Downtown

 

General Taxicab Rates
$3.00 for passenger pickup
$2.00 each additional mile
$1.00 per extra person
 
Distances from local hotels to the Music City Center (rounding up may occur for short trips):
DoubleTree Hotel: .6 miles
Renaissance Nashville Hotel: .4 miles
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown: .4 miles
Hampton Inn & Suites: .1 mile
Sheraton Nashville Downtown: .6 miles

Taxicab from Airport to Downtown: $25.00 Flat Rate

For other travel options around town, check out the Nashville MTA and the Music City Circuit.

Nashville is a city that resonates with life and vibrates to the beat of every kind of song. It’s a town that sizzles with American music, Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine and a boundless spectrum of nightlife. Check out Music City's guide of things to do and don't miss discount and deals for show attendees. Once you've mapped out where you want to go, check out the Music City Circuit as an option for getting to popular places around town.

The Media Center is located in the Hall D Lobby, on Level 3 of the Music City Center.

The NAMM Member Center is located in the Hall C Lobby, on Level 3 of the Music City Center

The R&B Lounge (accessible to attendees with red and blue badges only) is located in the Hall A Lobby on Level 3 of the Music City Center.

You need to be an active NAMM member to register for badges and book hotel rooms for the 2016 Summer NAMM Show. Visit our Membership page if you would like more information on becoming a NAMM member.

To register for show badges and book hotel rooms, your individual NAMM member profile must be designated as one of the following: Trade Show Contact, Registration Contact, Hotel Contact, Primary Contact, Administrator or Voting Rep. These contacts within your company have access to show services including registering staff, according to your allotment. To check your role, visit your Profile page. Once you have confirmed your account authorization, please visit Badge Registration. To book your hotel, please visit Hotel Booking to view the many premium hotels we partner with. 

Please note: After the free badge deadline of June 8, 2016, fees apply. There are no refunds granted.

Questions - we're here to help! 

Registration questions - registration@namm.org

Hotel questions - housing@namm.org

Sponsorships at Summer NAMM provide you with an opportunity to extend your brand presence and reach a growing number of attendees, including NAMM's Top 100 Dealers, independent buyer groups, decision-makers from a variety of venues and media. There are a variety of ways to promote your brand at different costs to fit every marketing budget. Visit the Sponsorship Opportunities page to learn more, apply and engage.  

Top 100 Dealer Awards

FAQs the pertain to the Top 100 Dealer Awards.

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is honored to produce the Top 100 Dealer Awards. Now in its sixth year, the Top 100 Dealer awards spotlight the very best industry retailers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods and customers, and play an important role in acting as music making ambassadors in their communities.

Best Store Turnaround

  • This category recognizes retailers that have reinvented all––or part––of their business or added key offerings, such as lesson programs, repairs and music camps, to strengthen their business model and revitalize.

Best Customer Service

  • This category salutes retailers working hard to attract and retain customers through positive engagement and experiences.

Best Store Design

  • This category honors effective store displays and product merchandising that not only enhances a dealer’s brand, but also sets the stage for a positive customer experience.

Best Marketing and Sales Promotion

  • This category celebrates outstanding marketing and sales efforts that NAMM retailers have used to build their brands and grow their customer base.

Best Online Engagement

  • This category showcases retailers who have established a good online presence that encourages customer engagement and creates a positive online experience.

Music Makes a Difference Award

  • This category acknowledges efforts to create more music makers, and enables retailers to share some of their most inspiring and transformational customer stories.

Best Emerging Dealer/“Rookie Of The Year”

  • This category spotlights our industry’s rising stars: retail businesses less than five years old that are quickly making their mark. Nominees are judged on revenue growth and profitability, business ambition, company culture and brand uniqueness.

The NAMM Dealer of the Year award is given to the store that embodies the best in music retail strategies, marketing and presentation. Judges will select The 2016 Dealer of the Year from the pool of winners in the categories listed above.

The nominating period for the 2016 Top 100 Dealer Awards was March 1– March 18, 2016. Retailers submitting their stores for consideration are asked to complete and submit a profile via an online collector. NAMM provides helpful information for entrants on its website, namm.org, including “Tips to Create a Winning Entry,” as well as through our NAMM News monthly e-newsletter and social media channels. Before and during the nominating period, NAMM members received three email reminders to upload their submissions. Stores are allowed to enter more than one category.

The Top 100 Dealer Award winners are selected by an independent panel of 18 industry thought-leaders and category experts across retail, sales, marketing, social media and store design, from both within and outside of the MI industry. Each Top 100 submission in the the seven award categories is scored between 1 and 10, with 10 being a ‘star’ rating. The Top 100 Dealers are composed of the companies with the top scores in each category, while the winners are the dealers with highest score in each category. Judges vote on the quality of the submissions and the story that each application tells—not on any personal bias toward the retail business.

As a highlight of Summer NAMM the Top 100 Dealer Awards is well beyond an awards show and becomes an opportunity for all retailers to learn proven strategies, best practices and helpful tips across subjects critical to music retail, such as marketing, connecting to the community, designing your store, excelling at customer service, and helping more people make music more often.

The Top 100 Dealer Awards reception and ceremony is open to all 2016 Summer NAMM attendees.
To register online for Summer NAMM badges, please visit: https://www.namm.org/summer/2016/badges.

Top 100 Dealers receive a variety of benefits and exposure through NAMM’s advertising and PR channels.  To submit your company for consideration in the 2017 Top 100 Dealer Awards, fill out the submission form that will be available in early March 2017.  Good luck on being named a Top 100 Dealer and congratulations to the 2016 Top 100 Dealers!

 

NAMM Show

Thursday:      10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday:           10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday:       10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday:         10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Note: Hall E and Levels 2 and 3 open at 9:30 a.m. each day.

At The 2016 NAMM Show, you can...

  • Reach more than 99,000 attendees from 102 countries and regions
  • Build the buzz about your brand
  • Debut your newest products
  • Connect with current customers and network with new ones
  • Promote your products to the media
  • Connect with distributors––who can place your products both nationally and internationally

Check out the Invitation to Exhibit to learn more about the benefits of exhibiting at the NAMM shows. You can reserve a booth online or download the space application and submit electronically to apply for space at the 2016 show.

Please contact Trade Show Sales at (760) 438-8001 or email tradeshowsales@namm.org for more information.

Attendance at NAMM trade shows is restricted to owners, suppliers, employees, endorsed artists and guests of NAMM member companies. NAMM's membership is comprised of companies that make, buy and/or sell musical instruments and products. If your company meets this requirement, we invite you to visit our membership page to start the process of becoming a member of NAMM.

Once your company has been approved for membership, you may create an account on www.namm.org and use The NAMM Show section to register for housing, booth space and badges, as well as read about scheduled NAMM Show events.

To learn more about all show policies, including badge regulations and other event guidelines, please visit http://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2016/policies.

To register for show badges, your individual NAMM member profile must be designated as one of the following: Trade Show Contact, Registration Contact, Hotel Contact, Primary Contact, Administrator or Voting Rep. These contacts within your company have access to register staff, according to your allotment. To check your role, visit your Profile page.

New employees can be registered via the Badge Registration page, as long as the badge allotment allows. In order to register someone new, you must provide legal first name, last name, title and email address.

The NAMM Show is a trade-only event and not open to the public. 

  • Music students in conservatory, college or university, as well as higher education-level music faculty may attend through NAMM’s Generation Next program.
  • Music educators, school administrators and school board members may attend through NAMM’s Music Education Days program.
  • Full-time buyers, professionals and students in A/V, pro audio, lighting, sound and staging may attend through NAMM’s buyer program.

Each registrant is required to provide a unique (or individual) email address to receive all communications concerning your registration.

Visit the Hotels page to find out NAMM's official hotels and to view instructions for booking your rooms.

Plan ahead to make show day parking less stressful. We recommend carpooling if possible as lots will be busy. View the Parking Information page for details, which includes the parking lot map (coming soon!) and the ART (Anaheim Resort Transit) guide.

Please follow the steps outlined below to successfully upload a media kit to NAMM's Media/Press page. This feature is only open to NAMM Show assigned exhibitors. 

  1. Designated Contact: You must be a designated exhibitor contact in order upload a media kit for the company you are affiliated with. Each company registers their designated contacts through a NAMM employee when they join NAMM. NAMM employees enter the contact name and information into NAMM's database, which will allow access for the next steps in this process. Note: If you aren't the designated contact and aren't approved as a company employee with those rights or with the status as a PR/Marketing contact, you won't be able to view the tab to upload your media kit even if you follow the next steps to create an account on NAMM.org. Contact us if you have questions about your status as a PR/Marketing contact.
  2. NAMM.org Account: If you already have an account created on NAMM.org, move on to the next step. If you don’t have one, follow these steps to create one. Go to NAMM.org and click the "Create Account" button on the upper right hand bar. You will need to create a username and enter your email address, company name, company NAMM member number and your first and last name. Then select the box at the bottom right to “Create new account.”
  3. Exhibitor Dashboard: Make sure you are signed in with your namm.org account. Visit the Exhibitor Dashboard, click on the "My Media Kit" link.
  4. Upload Media Kit: Click "Choose file" to select the file on your computer and upload it to NAMM.org. Only one media kit per exhibiting company may be uploaded. Your media kit must be saved as a PDF (maximum file size is 50 MB). To check the size of your file, in Windows, right click and select properties to display the file size. On a Mac, press the command key and the letter "I" to display file size. Your file is now uploaded and will be available for others to view and download from the virtual Media Center.

The NAMM Show Media Room is located in the Anaheim Convention Center downstairs under the escalator near the entrance to Hall E.

NAMM Show Media Room Hours
Wednesday, January 20: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Media Preview Day is 11 a.m.–2 p.m.) 
Thursday, January 21: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, January 22: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, January 23: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, January 24: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

As a confirmed exhibitor, you can promote your appearances and events on The NAMM Show website and the mobile app. To do this, you must be logged into your account at www.namm.org and visit the Exhibitor Dashboard. Click "My Booth Events" in the "Quick Links" menu on the right hand side of the page. You will be able to create and edit your appearance/event content by description, location, date and time.

This is the same portal where you can create your "Booth Description" and "Media Kit" too.

Access these interactive show materials now: 

There will be a printed Exhibitor List and Map Guide available on show site, however we recommend utilizing the digital versions, as they are more accurate with daily updates. If you don't have the app yet, download it from your mobile device's app store by searching for "NAMM." If you already have the app, go to "Settings" and select "Exit to show list" to find The 2016 NAMM Show.

The 2016 NAMM Show NAMM Buyers List is a very useful marketing tool for exhibitors to help increase your customer base! You are now able to access the current buyer’s list in Excel format on the Exhibitor Dashboard; simply scroll down and click 'BUYERS LIST' to expand the section, then click 'Download the Buyers List (Excel Document)' to begin the download. This list will also be available to exhibiting member companies after the event for follow-up purposes.

Wheelchairs may be rented through Scootaround Rentals at 1-888-441-7575 or Universal Mobility at 1-888-864-6331.

The NAMM Show Office is located in the Anaheim Convention Center on the Mezzanine Level C. This can be accessed via Hall D elevator.

Due to added security measures, Bag/Coat Check will not be available at the convention center. In addition, luggage and rolling bags will not be allowed into The NAMM Show during show hours. All bags will be subject to search prior to entry to The NAMM Show. Please plan accordingly.

Lost and Found is in the Show Office, located on the Mezzanine Level C. If your badge or photo ID is lost or stolen, and you are outside of the Anaheim Convention Center, please visit Registration in the Lower Level Hilton.

Friendly and qualified event staff, including professional security, firemen and police, will be present in and around the Anaheim Convention Center for the entire duration of the show. A positive experience and safety for all attendees is NAMM’s highest priority.

Anaheim is the home of the Disneyland Resort and several world-class attractions. Check out VisitAnaheim.org's page to see what fun can be found for a discount using your NAMM Show badge, plus get an idea of the food and entertainment to enjoy around town.

Authorized contacts of NAMM member companies may register family members under the age of 18. Underage attendees must be accompanied at all times by their parent/legal guardian and are only permitted on the show floor during show hours. Baby strollers and/or joggers are not permitted on the show floor—No Exceptions.

In preparation for January’s gathering of the music product industry at The NAMM Show, NAMM is working with a team of security experts, as well as the Anaheim police and fire departments and other law enforcement agencies to implement enhanced security measures in connection with the show. While there are no known threats to The NAMM Show, as a precautionary measure in light of recent global events, NAMM will implement additional security measures. 

Heightened security measures include:

  • Bag check will no longer be available at the Anaheim Convention Center during The NAMM Show. All bags will be subject to search prior to entry to The NAMM Show, at NAMM and its security team’s discretion. Luggage, including rolling bags, will not be allowed into The NAMM Show during show hours.
  • All guests will be subject to metal detector screening and/or body pat downs at the Anaheim Convention Center and on The NAMM Show premise.
  • Additional security and law enforcement personnel and cameras will be added throughout The NAMM Show site.
  • As at previous NAMM Shows and as a precautionary measure only, police officers with detection dogs will be onsite at The NAMM Show.

NAMM has undertaken reasonable efforts to ensure that the enhanced security measures described above are consistent with standards of best practices in the general security industry. If new risks and safety issues arise, however, security approaches and recommendations may change. NAMM reserves the right to modify or increase the enhanced security measures at any time in its sole discretion, and attendance at The NAMM Show will be conditioned upon compliance with such measures.  

NAMM Foundation

Thursday, Jan. 21        10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 22             10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23         10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 24           10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Yes. The NAMM Foundation hosts events specifically for NAMM non-members such as college students majoring in music (Generation Next), music educators/school administrators (Music Education Days), and NAMM Foundation partners/nonprofit organizations; however, anyone with a badge is welcome to attend NF events.

Your badge allows access to the trade show exhibits all hours, and all days. “Limited access,” means that your badge does not give you access to the exhibit hall before or after show hours.

Yes, the badge deadline for those attending The 2016 NAMM Show through the Generation Next program is January 7 (January 6th at 11:59pm PDT)

Generation Next badges increase to $50 after the badge deadline date, January 7 (January 6th at 11:59pm PDT). 

Yes, the badge deadline for those attending The 2016 NAMM Show through the Music Education Days program is January 7 (January 6th at 11:59pm PDT).. 

Music Education Days badges increase to $50 after the badge deadline date, January 7 (January 6th at 11:59pm PDT). 

Yes. The badge deadline for those attending The 2016 NAMM Show as a NAMM Foundation Partner is January 7 (January 6th at 11:59pm PDT). There is no opportunity for NAMM Foundation Partners to register for a badge after the badge deadline date. 

Badges may be picked up at one of these Badge Will Call locations:

  • Grand Plaza Tent
  • Marriott Registration Desks
  • Back of Hall E
  • Back of Hall D
  • Box Office C/D
  • Back of Hall B/C
  • Arena Lobby

Your badge allows NAMM Show access for you only and badges are NOT transferable as they are checked with a government issued ID (passport, driver’s license) at the entrance to the NAMM Show exhibit halls. In addition, all non-member attendees must be 18 years of age or older. 

You should bring the following with you to The 2016 NAMM Show: comfortable shoes, as there are literally “miles” of exhibits; a printed copy of your emailed badge confirmation; and photo identification- this will be required at every entrance.

Note: Rolling luggage/handcarts, personal music instruments and any instrument accessories are prohibited at The NAMM Show. Luggage check is available at your hotel and in the Convention Center lobby.

No. The NAMM Show is a trade-only show held to promote the exchange of information between wholesale buyers and sellers.  Retail selling on the show floor is strictly prohibited. While visiting exhibits we ask that you remain aware of the business being conducted between exhibitors (red badges) and buyers (blue badges) and yield accordingly. 

Housing opens Sept. 30.  Please visit the housing website here, to reserve your hotel accommodations. You'll have to "Create an Account" prior to accessing housing. When searching, choose the “Non-Member” Housing guest type.

The recommended airports are: 

  • John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA)
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Parking is available at the GardenWalk and Angels Stadium lots, with free shuttles to and from Angels Stadium. Parking information can be found here

Visit The 2016 NAMM Show website for general show information.

For all inquiries related to Gen Next, MED, and NF Partner registration and housing, please forward to Jessica Cortez. For all other inquiries related to the above programs, please forward to Eric Ebel

You must complete an online registration form to secure your badge for the show. Use the unique code to receive your badge discount: NS16GN. Within 2 days of registering online, you will receive a badge confirmation email that includes a barcode to be used to pick up your badge onsite.

Register for The 2016 NAMM Show here. Registration fee is $25.

Yes. You are still able to purchase a badge on site using a unique code which will be listed on the Generation Next event page after the badge deadline. The late registration fee (after January 6th at 11:59pm PDT) is $50.

You must complete an online registration form to secure your badge for the show. Use the unique code to receive your badge discount: NS16MED. Within 2 days of registering online, you will receive a badge confirmation email that includes a barcode to be used to pick up your badge onsite.

Register for The 2016 NAMM Show here. Registration fee is $25.

Yes. You are still able to purchase a badge on site using a unique code which will be listed on the Music Education Days event page after the badge deadline. Late registration fee (after January 6th at 11:59pm PDT) is $50.

You must complete an online registration form to secure your badge for the show. You will need to use a unique code to receive a badge discount, which will be emailed to you after your partner agreement has been approved. Within 2 days of registering online, you will receive a badge confirmation email that includes a barcode to be used to pick up your badge onsite.

Register to attend The 2016 NAMM Show here.