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Make Music Winter, a free, outdoor celebration with exuberant and participatory musical parades, performances and events in dozens of US cities on Monday, December 21, today announced a return for its tenth-anniversary edition.

The TEC Awards committee and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) are pleased to announce and celebrate the nominees across the 22 Technical Achievement and seven Creative Achievement TEC Award categories. The annual TEC Awards recognizes and celebrates the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multi-media.

NAMM is issuing an urgent call-to-action to all industry professionals to urge House leadership to bring H.R. 7481, the bipartisan RESTART Act, to the floor of the House for a vote. The bill would provide provisions for the hardest-hit businesses to access additional PPP funds, long term, low-interest loans, and supplemental unemployment insurance to assist the hundreds of thousands of creative industry service workers impacted by the pandemic.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health and safety of NAMM members as the first priority, NAMM is reimagining how to connect all facets of the industry while benefiting those most deeply impacted by COVID-19 with the launch of Believe in Music: The global gathering to unify and support the people who bring music to the world.

The NAMM TEC Awards committee has announced that the call for entries to be honored at The 36th annual NAMM TEC Awards will close on August 31, 2020. Companies are encouraged to enter their products and/or projects in one of 23 Technical Achievement and eight Creative Achievement categories to be considered for recognition. https://www.tecawards.org/call-for-entries

In a letter delivered earlier today, the NAMM Executive Committee and Michael T. Strickland, CEO of Bandit Lites, expressed urgency for COVID-19 business relief for the challenges facing the live event industry. The letter, delivered to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, urged the inclusion of targeted relief for the industry as Congress considers additional coronavirus relief measures this month.

Virtual Choir 6: "Sing Gently," an original composition from Eric Whitacre, will make its global premier on Sunday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. PDT on YouTube. Whitacre, who is one of the world's most performed composers, was inspired to write the piece by the breadth of the pandemic and its effect on society.

Niagara Falls, the Tennessee State Capitol and the Crazy Horse Memorial are among the more than 30 iconic buildings and landmarks across the U.S. that will turn orange in support of Make Music Day, the global music celebration held annually on June 21, the summer solstice. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebration has moved to a virtual and socially distanced experience to encourage all people, of all musical abilities, to celebrate the joy of making music. Over 85 U.S.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia and around the world, Messe Frankfurt Russia has decided to postpone NAMM Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia to September 2021. Messe Frankfurt Russia is grateful for the understanding of our exhibitors, industry professionals, visitors, and industry partners. As organizers, we will do our best to ensure an effective and productive work environment for our exhibitors and visitors as we plan the 2021 trade fair events.

Beginning Tuesday, July 7 through Friday, July 10, NAMM will present The 2020 NAMM U Virtual Summit: four days of career and business-enhancing webinars and strategies designed to help businesses take advantage of new opportunities and supercharge their future. Presented by NAMM U, TEC Tracks, and A3E (Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange), the free, online Summit will offer a suite of sessions across three unique tracks, Business, Audio and Technology.

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