At The 2017 NAMM Show, Kevin Cranley of Willis Music hosted a who’s who panel of music retailers, who weighed in on the biggest issues affecting business today. Panelists included Sammy Ash of Sam Ash Music, Cindy Cook of The Candyman Strings & Things, Pat Averwater of Amro Music, Whitney Brown Grisaffi of Ted Brown Music and George Quinlan Jr. of Quinlan & Fabish.
Are you concerned about the financial impact of COVID-19 on your business? Join industry experts Alan Friedman, CPA, and Daniel Jobe, EA, of Friedman, Kannenberg & Co. for a vital online session about music business finance in the time of COVID-19, originally presented on April 1. Get tips and new ideas for generating cash flow and reducing expenses during this disruptive period.
How do you deal with the coronavirus outbreak at your music retail business? What’s the smart thing to do at your business right now? How do you lead when leadership is tough? If you’re asking these questions and more, watch this online session for NAMM members by Bob Phibbs (aka, The Retail Doctor) from March 26. Phibbs is a global retail expert, thought leader and previous host of the NAMM Retail Innovation Summit.
Networking is a critical skill for any music industry professional, whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, new to the business or a veteran. Want to up your networking game? Then get expert tips, advice and strategies from this NAMM U panel discussion, moderated by Melissa Ceo of C.A. House Music and NAMM Young Professionals (YP). She's joined by NAMM YP members and the leaders of their companies, including Jeremy McQueary and Mark Goff of Paige’s Music and Jeremy Payne and Tom Tedesco of The Music People. This session was held at The 2020 NAMM Show.
The 2020 NAMM Show kicked off with “Breakfast of Champions,” hosted by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. During this educational session, Lamond interviewed several industry experts on a concept called “crossroads.” He began the session by discussing the state of the industry and looking at how the industry has come to a “crossroads of opportunity.”
During “Breakfast of Champions” at The 2020 NAMM Show, NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond sat down with Bryan Bradley, president of Group One, to discuss the growth of live sound, entertainment technology and live performances in general. Bradley mentioned that even schools and houses of worship have higher expectations than ever before for their live performances—and, as a result, there’s opportunity for retailers and music businesses.
In the last six years, Whitney Brown Grisaffi, president of Ted Brown Music, saw growth in the service side of her six-store retail chain. At “Breakfast of Champions” during The 2020 NAMM Show, she shared that growth story with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. In particular, she focused on the expansion of the installed AV business and how it ties into other aspects of Ted Brown Music’s business, particularly school music.
During “Breakfast of Champions” at The 2020 NAMM Show, Noel Lee, the founder and CEO of Monster, shared his decision-making process when facing a business crossroads. In an interview with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, Lee also reflected on the early days of Monster, the future of connectivity and how he built a company with the goal of helping “retailers become more successful.”
In the last decade, education programs at The NAMM Show have expanded to serve all the professional communities in musical instruments, pro audio and entertainment technology. At “Breakfast of Champions” during The 2020 NAMM Show, NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond spoke with David Schwartz, the founder of Mix magazine, co-founder of the TEC Awards and mastermind behind TEC Tracks—a pro audio education program at NAMM.
To kick off The 2020 NAMM Show, NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond presented singer-songwriter Jason Mraz with the Music for Life Award, honoring his commitment to music and arts education. Mraz then sat down with Lamond during the show’s opening educational session, “Breakfast of Champions,” to discuss the importance of music and arts education in driving his career, along with his work as a music-education advocate via the Jason Mraz Foundation.