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Presenters Included Herbie Hancock, Steve Lukather, Leslie Ann Jones, Rafa Sardina at Show Hosted by Comedian Demetri Martin

During the opening Breakfast of Champions session at The 2019 NAMM Show, Nancy Wilson, the celebrated guitar virtuoso and co-founder of seminal rock band Heart, was presented with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) “Music for Life” award. The award honors pioneering artists who, through their careers and artistic expression, have inspired others to pursue a more musical world.

With just over a month to go until the start of The 2019 NAMM Show, The NAMM Campus is set to come alive with a variety of Bands@NAMM performers, a Guinness World Record™-breaking instrument, and household names who will share their own unique mixes of hip-hop and classical, to blues and rock.

Famed rock ‘n’ roll photographer and author Neal Preston has spent decades capturing rock’s most pivotal moments and the personalities who have defined music and pop culture. For over 40 years, Preston has toured with the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, among others, and through his work in TV and film, has amassed one of the largest and legendary archives in music photography.

GRAMMY® award-winning guitarist, singer, songwriter, and innovator Peter Frampton will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 34th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 26, 2019, in Anaheim, CA.

Eight culturally-significant audio inventions will be inducted to the TECnology Hall of Fame (THOF), it was announced today by THOF Founder, George Petersen. The inventions span the 1940s through today. The eight TECnology Hall of Fame inductees for 2019 include: the anechoic audio test chamber; beyerdynamic M160 ribbon microphone, Bell Labs’ electret microphone patent, Modular Moog Synthesizer; iZ Technology’s RADAR ; Meyer Sound Labs Source Independent Measurement (SIM) system; Millennia Media HV-3 microphone preamplifier, and the JBL Professional VerTec line array live sound system.

The NAMM Foundation has announced a multitude of events and professional development opportunities for college music students and faculty, music educators and administrators, emerging professionals, nonprofit leaders, and advocates to advance their networks and education, and to rally in a united spirit in support of music education at The 2019 NAMM Show (January 24-27) in Anaheim, California.

Make Music Winter, a free, outdoor music-making celebration held each December 21, expands nationwide this year, featuring joyful and dynamic participatory musical events and parades in 30 U.S. cities that bring communities together, today announced its updated schedule of events. The all-day musical celebration on the winter solstice brings out people of all ages, musical abilities and genres to sing, play, march and dance their way across streets, parks, plazas, and other public spaces.

The 2019 NAMM Show has announced a suite of professional development opportunities, transformative business know-how and hands-on training available for working and emerging professionals involved in all aspects of the industry.