NAMM Congratulates the 2018 Top 100 Dealers and Announces “Best Of” Categories

- Leaders in music instruments, pro audio retail to be honored at the annual event -

June 29, 2018

Earlier this evening at Summer NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) celebrated the industry’s Top 100 Dealer Awards and recognized the enterprising music product retailers who received “Best of” awards for their excellence in several areas, including the coveted “Dealer of the Year” award. The annual awards event honors retailers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods and customers, and share in a vision of creating a more musical world through their local communities.

“While there are thousands of great NAMM member retail stores out there, a theme that emerges with this year’s Top 100 is an unwavering commitment to helping people of all ages begin their musical journey and then keep them actively engaged in music making for the long haul. We pay tribute to all music retailers who sit in the heart of their communities, inspiring and creating more music makers through their efforts,” affirmed Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO.

Congratulations to the following “Best Of” award winners, “Dealer of the Year,” and the Top 100 honorees.

Dealer of the Year Andertons Music Co., Guildford, Surrey UK

Best Customer Service The Candyman Strings & Things, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best Emerging Dealer/Rookie of the Year Ish Guitars, Inc., Syracuse, NY

Best Marketing & Sales Promotion Cosmo Music Co. Ltd., Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada

Best Online Engagement Andertons Music Co.

Best Store Design Midwood Guitar Studio, Charlotte, NC

Best Store Turnaround Five Star Guitars, Beaverton, Oregon

Music Makes a Difference Big Music Co. Sydney, Australia

To determine the “Best of” category winners, a panel of independent judges reviewed and made selections from the Top 100 finalists. Each finalist was evaluated for effectiveness in marketing, customer engagement and innovation in retail.

The 2018 Summer NAMM Show returned to Nashville’s Music City Center June 28-30, and brings together thousands of buyers, exhibitors and music industry professionals to preview the latest music products, gain valuable insights through a robust professional development program and network with peers.

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 approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. 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, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.