The 2003 NAMM Summer Session Opens; Business, Education and Music Making Highlight the Day

July 18, 2003

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, today kicked off its 2003 NAMM Summer Session, which drew an international crowd of music products industry professionals—manufacturers, buyers and media—to the Nashville Convention Center and adjoining Gaylord Entertainment Center.

Several show attendees started their show experience early at last night’s Pre-Show Party at The Hang in the Gaylord Entertainment Center. Along with the music of several industry bands, the party was highlighted with a performance by hip- hop artists the Black Eyed Peas, as well as the announcement of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner, Amy Fairchild, who was awarded $20,000 for the 2002 Maxell Song of the Year.

The show floor filled quickly with attendees who crowded show aisles checking out the latest music products, conducting business and making their way to many of the free NAMM University professional development sessions.

“We’re off to a great start,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM. “We love to see our Members, both exhibitors and buyers, doing business and having fun, but we’re even more excited about the potential for this industry to grow as making music emerges as a preferred recreational activity around the world.”

Attendees in the Gaylord Entertainment Center were making some real noise, due in part to meetings between exhibitors and buyers, along with the NAMM International Fastest Drummer Contest. A steady stream of contestants pounded away throughout the day in a competition for fastest hands and fastest feet. In the evening, people gathered to watch the winners of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest perform in The Hang.

Tomorrow’s events include more excitement in the Gaylord Entertainment Center, including the continuation of the NAMM International Fastest Drummer Contest, the Gibson Guitar/Chevy Rock and Roll Tour and Exhibit, and a 4 p.m. musical performance in front of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.