Issues & Advocacy


Regulatory compliance

NAMM monitors and advocates for regulatory compliance issues that impact the music products industry including materials content requirements, musician’s travel and wood import. NAMM members are encouraged follow and stay informed on the following issues.

November 21, 2016

Note: U.S. domestic shipments will NOT require permits. Guidelines outlined for rosewood, bubingas and kosso import/export and use of in-stock wood.

December 20, 2016

Note: Any musical instrument made of composite or laminate wood is impacted by the new regulations.

November 29, 2016

NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations and The NAMM Foundation present unique learning opportunities during The 2017 NAMM Show.

October 13, 2016

Action protecting more than 250 species of rosewood (dalbergia) taken at the recent meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will have broad implications on the international shipments of musical  instruments containing the wood, including guitars, marimbas a...

September 13, 2016

The State of California has adopted new rules governing the disclosure of potential cancer-causing chemicals and other materials in consumer products.  The new rules, which become mandatory August 30, 2018 (but which manufacturers and retailers...

September 8, 2016

Several issues of interest to the music industry will be on the agenda for the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), whi...

July 27, 2016

NAMM and its members extend their sincere gratitude to the leadership of American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and its effective efforts to advise and guide government and aviation agencies to develop clear and uniform standards for airline travel with musical i...

June 17, 2016

Forest Legality Alliance's June 2016 newsletter is now available.

June 7, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has completed a rulemaking process concerning the trade of African elephant ivory.

May 31, 2016

The Department of Labor has released the first major overhaul of federal overtime pay rules in more than a decade, dramatically increasing the salary levels at which professional, executive and administrative employees will be exempt from overtime.