News Releases

Americans for the Arts, The NAMM Foundation and the Ad Council announced today an additional phase to their national public service advertising (PSA) campaign, entitled “The Arts. Ask for More.” designed to promote the benefits of arts education for children.  Created in collaboration with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, the new television PSAs help inspire children to play music, dance and draw together with their family and friends by featuring characters from the popular Disney Little Einsteins franchise engaged in the arts.

NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, today announced that attendance at its NAMM University courses held during a record 2008 Music China Show demonstrated a 53 percent increase over last year, with 950 people attending the nine courses.

CARLSBAD, Calif., October 17, 2008—NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, today announced that its Trade Show Director, Kevin Johnstone, has been inducted into the prestigious Platinum Circle of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. The Platinum Circle celebrates the contributions of outstanding individuals in the trade show field for 25 years or more.

Trading suits for guitars and neckties for drums, Procter & Gamble’s The Consumer Republic from Switzerland was crowned international champion during the eighth annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands hosted Saturday, October 4, at the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (The Rock Hall).

The NAMM Foundation and Disney Channel today announced that they will again team up to allow middle and high schools across the United States the opportunity to apply for a grant to put on their own school stage production of Disney's High School Musical or High School Musical 2.

Executives at eight FORTUNE 500 companies loosen their neckties and pick up musical instruments for the finals of the Eighth Annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands at the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 3–4, 2008. All finalists are amateur, company-sponsored bands ready to live out their rock ‘n roll fantasies and have a blast making music.

Americans for the Arts Action Fund, in conjunction with NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, announced today it will host two events at the national political conventions designed to encourage support for and awareness of the importance of arts and arts education. Both events are part of ArtsVote2008, a national initiative created by the Americans for the Arts Action Fund to promote the arts during the presidential election.

The Center for Education Policy Analysis at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, today announced the award of a grant from the NAMM Foundation to conduct research on the economics and benefits of music education in Jefferson County public schools, Colorado’s largest school district. The proposed research will investigate the following: 1. What are the total resources used in music education in the district, and how do these resources vary by school?

NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, today announced that 2009 Summer NAMM will take place July 17–19 in Nashville, Tenn. NAMM also said the dates of the second industry gathering will move back to June 18–20 in 2010 and will remain in late June for the foreseeable future, making sure not to overlap with InfoComm, another industry event.

TODAY'S NOTABLE EVENTS: Best in Show, Breakfast Session NAMM Headliner: Craig Wayne Boyd American Eagle Awards World’s Fastest Drummer Finals Uke and Drum Circles PHOTOS FOR YOUR USE: The photo links provide you with photos from the day that are cleared and free for editorial use. Please photo credit all Getty images to: Jason Davis/Getty Images for NAMM