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NAMM, the International Music Products Association, recently announced that Patricia Lynch Martin joined the organization as its new director of events.

NAMM’s Oral History program added the 100th interview to its archives at the recent 2002 NAMM Summer Session, a milestone that took place on July 19 with the interview of Seymour Duncan, a master of guitar and bass pickup design. “It is an honor for me to be included in such an important project,” Duncan said.

The Museum of Making Music recently welcomed a new drum set to its galleries, one of many contributions made by Drum Workshop, Inc. in honor of the museum’s inaugural annual series, Drum Roll…Please: A Hands-On History of the Drum.

NAMM University, the association’s center of higher learning for MI professionals, recently announced that more than 50,000 people have attended its live business courses and seminars. Launched in August of 1995, NAMM U provides training and professional development to music product retailers and manufacturers around the world. The curriculum is tailored to the industry, allowing students to proactively update their skill sets and remain competitive in today’s aggressive marketplace.

What do you get when you combine cute kids, furry Sesame Street Muppets and a variety of musical instruments? Lots of awards! That has certainly been the case with the NAMM-sponsored Music Works Wonders video.

There are only days remaining for people to add their names to Justin Timberlake’s Congressional petition in support of music education. Thousands of people across the country have already gone online to join the cause at the urging of the popular recording artist, and the petition will close on Labor Day.

Piano 300: Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos, a book focusing on the NAMM-sponsored Piano 300 exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution, recently won two awards at the Washington Book Publishers Annual Book Design Competition. The publication received second place in the four-color interior design category, and won third place for its sleek cover design.

The International Foundation for Music Research (IFMR), which supports scientific research to explore the relationship between music, learning and physical and emotional well-being, has launched a new Web site at, which includes new funding guidelines. IFMR is accepting grant inquiries by e-mail.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, today along with TroutFarm, a leading technical sales firm located in northern California, co-hosted a NAMM University seminar titled “Who Moved My Margin,” featuring Alan Friedman, CPA, a renowned music industry guru and frequent NAMM U presenter. The seminar was held at the Holiday Inn in Emeryville, Calif.

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