News Releases

The submission period to apply for the Bernice Ash Memorial Award is now open. The annual award, which recognizes and honors the remarkable life and legacy of Bernice Ash, a music retail visionary who spearheaded the expansion of the Sam Ash family-owned music stores, was announced earlier this year to continue her commitment to excellence in the industry.

In the first in-person event for the industry in eighteen months, Summer NAMM will return to Nashville, July 15-16, at Music City Center. The gathering, which will take place under the latest in health and safety protocols, will offer leading professional development sessions, member-focused events, and networking opportunities against the backdrop of new music and pro audio products from top brands providing connections, tools, and strategies to help reignite business.

On Tuesday, June 21, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music (MoMM) will join the global celebration of Make Music Daywith free, participatory music-making activities and the launch of its new, interactive exhibit: “What Good is Music?” Held on June 21, the summer solstice, Make Music Day is celebrated around the world in over 120 countries and 1,000 cities. The MoMM’s activities and new exhibit are open to the public, and for the day, the Museum will feature a “pay-what-you-wish” admission fee.

Make Music Day, the annual global celebration of music occurring on June 21, today announced its updated schedule of in-person and virtual music-making events that will immerse and enthrall participants while showcasing music’s power to connect, comfort, unite and uplift. Featuring thousands of free outdoor concerts, performances, music lessons and jam sessions nationwide, the all-day musical celebration on the summer solstice will be held in over 100 U.S.

The National Music Council will honor iconic a cappella group Take 6 and pay tribute to music educators across America for their extraordinary service during the pandemic at the organization’s 37th annual American Eagle Awards on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville.

The National Association of Music Merchants is pleased to announce the list of enterprising and resilient music product retailers to be honored at the organization's Top 100 Dealer Awards. Now in its eleventh year, the annual awards honor retailers worldwide 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.

Yesterday, a delegation of music and arts advocates, music industry leaders, teachers, business leaders, parent, and community supporters joined the NAMM Advocacy Summit to encourage Members of Congress to support existing policy to provide quality, comprehensive school music education programs for all children. The NAMM Advocacy Summit, presented by the National Association of Music Merchants, welcomed over 700 advocates from the U.S.

After several years of planning and a recently completed remodel and transformation of its physical space, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music will celebrate its grand reopening to the public on Tuesday, June 15th. The re-envisioned Carlsbad-based cultural institution will reveal a vibrant, dynamic, and immersive experience across four new galleries.

Worldwide Celebration Embodies Music’s Enduring Power to Bring Joy, Connectivity, Healing and Unity to All People

To preserve the industry’s history and provide a deep body of research spanning nearly a century, the NAMM Resource Center is honored to receive the physical archives of Musical Merchandise Review magazine. The magazine archives, which saw its first issue in 1879, were generously donated by President of Timeless Communications, Terry Lowe, and will add a wealth of information and editorial documentation to the existing collection.