NAMM News | December 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016
Are You Ready for The NAMM Show?

Make your plans now so you're headed into the holidays ready for The NAMM Show. Register for your badges, make hotel reservations and check all the NAMM resources, including the show map, world-class education and exciting events so you can make the most of your time in Anaheim!

Register for free badges before the January 4 deadline
Book your hotel for the Dec 23 discounted rate deadline
Download the NAMM app for complete show information
Missed the CITES Webinars on December 6 & 7?

CITES Update: Commercial Rosewood and Bubinga Import/Export Regulations to Take Effect January 2, 2017. Up-to-date information is here. Recorded December 6 webinar regarding commercial imports and exports of timber and timber products is here and the recorded December 7 webinar regarding protected species and musical instruments is here

Financial Management Track Almost Full!

Get to The NAMM Show a day early for Retail Boot Camp, a FREE full-day intensive retail training in two tracks: Sales, Marketing & Websites and Financial Management. The Financial Management track is almost full, so register today to ensure you get a seat at this training!  

NAMM Educational Sessions on Retail Technology and Software

NAMM retail members seeking to enhance the back-end of their operations can pick up new ideas and tips at the NAMM Retail Tech Stage. New for 2017, the NAMM Retail Tech Stage will be the hot spot for sessions on retail software, technology platforms and ideas for business modernization, all offered by NAMM service providers.

These sessions will be held Thursday and Friday at the NAMM Member Center (Level 1 Lobby). The NAMM Retail Tech Stage is part of the NAMM U, which also features the NAMM U Breakfast Sessions, NAMM Idea Center and Retail Boot Camp.

Piano Education Opportunities

On Friday at 1 pm, piano retail guru Bob Popyk hosts How to Sell Pianos in an Online World, an exciting panel discussion featuring best practices and innovative ideas from piano retail experts. They’ll cover everything from creating more piano customers using your online presence to viable outside promotions to a look at where the market is headed. This session is open to all NAMM retail members, but you must register first. To reserve a spot at this free program, please email rpopyk@aol.com. Held at the Anaheim Hilton, Avila A (4th Floor).

Join Us for Important NAMM Foundation, Public Affairs and Government Relations Events!

NAMM’s Public Affairs and Government Relations team is excited to invite you to a series of forums and events designed to keep you abreast of regulatory issues like CITES, and provide you with advocacy strategies and tools to expand your reach and presence within your community including:

  • Day of Service
  • SupportMusic Coalition on Coalitions State Advocacy Bootcamp
  • SupportMusic Coalition Forum
  • Policy Forums and Roundtables on topics like CITES
  • NAMM Advocacy Fly-In Meeting

Learn more here and Save the date.

Come Together for The NAMM Foundation's Grand Rally

The Second Annual Grand Rally for Music Education features violin virtuosos Black Violin in collaboration with Yamaha, along with student performances by The Perfect Fourth Quartet, a Sphinx Organization ensemble and recipients of the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented by First Lady Michelle Obama. This signature NAMM Foundation event includes exciting musical performances and “inside the practice room” conversations with iconic performing artists. Learn more here.

Apply to be Recognized as a Best Community for Music Education

Encourage the schools and districts that you work with to complete the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education survey, open now through January 31, 2017. Celebrate your local school or school district’s commitment to music education by helping them get the national recognition they deserve. Complete information can be found here.

Know a College Music Student or Music Educator?

Music educators, school administrators, school board members and college students are invited to join industry professionals to share music products and innovations from around the world and to celebrate music education for people of all ages. Please pass this opportunity to on to music educators and college students you know! Register here.

NAMM Young Professionals Reception

We invite you to join us at the NAMM YP event on Friday, January 20 from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Member Center located in Lobby A/B in the Anaheim Convention Center. Learn from Bob Taylor, founder of Taylor Guitars as he gives a special educational presentation. Click here to learn more and to RSVP. 

Women In Music Happy Hour

NAMM invites all women in the music products industry to stop by the Member Center on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for a networking happy hour. This is a great opportunity to connect with other succesful women in the industry from all over the world. See you then! 

Calling All Voting Members

Proxy ballots to elect the 2017 NAMM Board of Directors were sent out this week to all voting members. Voting members can cast their vote by proxy or place their vote in person at NAMM’s 2017 Annual Meeting of Members, Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 11:30 am in the Avalon Ballroom of the Hilton Anaheim Hotel. Please take advantage of your voting privileges and return your proxy ballot to NAMM today, or plan to join us in Anaheim!

The Les Paul Foundation

The Les Paul Foundation inspires innovative and creative thinking by sharing the legacy of Les Paul through support of music education, recording, innovation and medical research related to hearing loss. Presented each year as part of the TEC Awards at The NAMM Show, the Les Paul award celebrates industry legends for their inspirational music contributions and technical innovations.

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