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The 2003 NAMM Concert Honoring Sir Elton John, presented by Yamaha, is estimated to have raised $330,000 to benefit music education and research, according to event organizers. The star-studded benefit was held January 17 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim and was a highlight of the 2003 NAMM Show, the annual convention of the International Music Products Association that took place January 16–19 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

NAMM Members enrolled in the endorsed bank card processing program will save money on monthly fees thanks to a new contract announced today by the International Music Products Association and First National Merchant Solutions.

Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-San Diego) today announced $225,000 in new appropriations for music-brain research during a visit to NAMM headquarters. Cunningham was on hand at the Museum of Making Music to assist in the local launch of the “MusicVentures in School” program, a federally funded effort designed to support parent, educator and student involvement in music making.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, today announced that some 67,601 industry professionals, a 4 percent increase from last year’s record-breaking registration, came to the 2003 NAMM Show in Anaheim to see the latest music products and learn new ways to improve their businesses.

NAMM Chairman Stephen West presided over the 2003 Annual Meeting of Members yesterday. After introducing past presidents in attendance, West called for the vote of the new slate of NAMM Board of Directors. The following NAMM Members were elected for service from 2003 to 2006: Sam Ash, executive vice president of Sam Ash Music Corporation, a full-line retailer based in Hicksville, N.Y.

The third day of the 2003 NAMM Show saw some interesting celebrity appearances. While attendees caught a glimpse of Stevie Wonder, Buckethead and Bootsy Collins walking the exhibit halls, a booth performance by Eddie Van Halen drew a following of its own.

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 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.