Celebrating Retail Excellence: Submissions for The Top 100 Awards is Now Open

- Annual award event to take place at The 2022 NAMM Show -

NS22 Top 100
Carlsbad, CA

NAMM welcomes its global retail members to be recognized for retail excellence as part of the organization’s annual Top 100 Dealer Awards. Now in its twelfth year, the annual awards honor retailers who have demonstrated a commitment to best-practices, creativity, and innovation in music products retail. The submissions process is now open for NAMM retail members and will close on Friday, March 18.

The Top 100 Awards will celebrate retail innovation across nine award categories, including the “Best Community Retail Store;” “Best Customer Service;” “Best Store Design;” “Innovation Award;” “Best Marketing and Sales Promotion;” “Best Online Engagement;” “Music Makes a Difference Award;” and the “Customers’ Choice Award,” which, at press time, is currently underway.

All submissions will be evaluated for effectiveness in marketing, customer engagement and innovation in retail by a panel of independent judges. From the winners of these categories, one store will be recognized with the coveted “Dealer of the Year” Award.

The list of Top 100 Dealer nominees will be announced ahead of The 2022 NAMM Show with the “Best of” and “Dealer of the Year” awards to be announced at the evening event on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

The NAMM Show returns to Anaheim, California, June 3-5, 2022. Over three days, the industry crossroads will convene to network and renew business relationships, partake in professional education sessions and launch and discover new products. More than 3,500 brands will take part in the show, including Adam Hall; Allen & Heath; American Music & Sound; C.F. Martin & Co.; Casio; Conn-Selmer; Ernie Ball; ESP; Gibson; Hal Leonard; KMC Music; Taylor Guitars; and Yamaha, among others. In the pro audio and live sound space, more brands include 4Wall Entertainment; ADJ; Apogee; Audio-Technica; beyerdynamic; Dolby; Harman; IK Multimedia; Korg; L-Acoustics; Pioneer DJ; Shure; TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik; Ultimate Ears; and more.

The show will also see the return of much-loved industry award events, including the Parnelli Awards, TEC Awards and She Rocks Awards, as well as other event gatherings and networking opportunities including Saturday’s Grand Rally for Music Education, featuring composer and founder of the Virtual Choir Eric Whitacre for a memorable, hybrid choral experience and performance by Gateways Brass Collective.

In addition, the show will offer education sessions for professionals in pro audio and live sound, entertainment tech, music retail and brands, as well as music educators and more, from the likes of the Audio Engineering Society (AES); Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange (A3E); TEC Tracks; Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA); Event Safety Alliance (ESA); The Pro Production Sessions from PLSN and FOH magazines; Lighting&Sound America; NAMM U; GenNext; Music Education Days; and more. Future-forward NAMM U Breakfast Sessions will open each day of the show, with “Breakfast of Champions” on Friday, June 3; on Saturday, branding expert Scott Stratten, President of UnMarketing, will present “Leadership in a Post-Pandemic World”; and the annual favorite “Best in Show” returns on Sunday, June 5.

Registration for The 2022 NAMM Show will open in mid-March. Additional information about The 2022 and 2023 NAMM Show is available at NAMM.org

For additional information about the Top 100 Awards, please visit https://topdealer.namm.org


Media Contacts
NAMM Communications - John Dolak, Director

Jeanne O'Keefe
The Lippin Group for NAMM

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of 15,000 global member companies and individual professionals. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music and advance active participation in music-making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org. The 2024 NAMM Show will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center January 25-28.