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NAMM, the International Music Products Association, opened the second day of its 2003 trade show yesterday with several early-morning NAMM University sessions for attendees. Speakers addressed topics ranging from budgeting and customer service to marketing and staff motivation. NAMM U’s schedule also included informational panels, along with a powerful keynote session by Donald Cooper—“The 90-Minute MBA: 10 Things You Must Absolutely Know about Your Customers, Your Business and Your Life.”

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, gave a warm California welcome to attendees of its annual winter trade show, as the sounds of The Beach Boys’ “I Get Around” filled the air at show opening, performed by the Fernand L. Petiot All-Industry Memorial Band.

Just in time for the 2003 NAMM Show in Anaheim, the American Music Conference (AMC) has unveiled its new Web site at www.amc-music.org. The same address that has already earned a reputation as the one-stop resource for music making is now home to a new site that’s a better fit for today’s users—and today’s AMC.

The fourth annual “Best 100 Communities for Music Education” survey is underway, and supporters of music across the country should take note that the American Music Conference (AMC) and its partners have moved up the annual timetable to make it easier for more people to participate.

Continuing its long history of success, the 101st NAMM Show opened today, bringing together a record 1,309 exhibiting companies, a record number of international attendees and thousands of retail buyers for the music products industry’s largest annual event in the United States.

A new and exciting element to enhance NAMM’s upcoming Music Edge teen initiative is its partnership with the USA WEEKEND/John Lennon Songwriting Contest for Teens. Today at 5 p.m., there will be a press reception to announce and kick off the second annual Teen Contest at the 2003 NAMM Show at the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in Hall E of the Anaheim Convention Center. Vanessa Carlton, one of this year’s Teen Songwriting Contest celebrity judges, will be a special guest.

Emmy Award winner Eric McCormack (NBC’s “Will & Grace”) will host The 2003 NAMM Concert Honoring Sir Elton John: A Benefit for Music Education, presented by Yamaha. The benefit will be held on January 17 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif.

The executive committee of the American Music Conference (AMC) today announced the appointment of Robert Walker as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director. Walker follows in the footsteps of Joe Lamond, Pat Page, Bob Morrison and Karl Bruhn as he takes the AMC reigns as executive director.

With support from NAMM, the International Music Products Association and its nonprofit affiliate, IFMR, the International Foundation for Music Research, The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function will present a full-day conference called Dialogues Across Disciplines: Cognitive Neuroscience and Music Processing in Human Function on December 2, 2002, at the Hudson Theatre and the Millennium Broadway Hotel.

Some of the world’s most popular performers will participate in The 2003 NAMM Concert Honoring Sir Elton John: A Benefit for Music Education, presented by Yamaha. The benefit will be held on January 17 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.

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