The NAMM Show - January 24-27, 2019 - Anaheim, California
It's Your Life. It's Your Music. It's Your Show!
College music students and faculty are invited to The NAMM Show as part of The NAMM Foundation's GenNext program.
It’s Your Life. It’s Your Music. It’s Your Show! GenNext at The 2018 NAMM Show
College music students and faculty are invited to attend The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California this January as part of The NAMM Foundation’s GenNext program.
The NAMM Show attracts the world’s most influential decision-makers in the music products industry, including independent music retailers, pro audio manufacturers, distributors, sales reps, engineers from recording studios, developers of gaming and apps, houses of worship, touring, theater and entertainment companies, as well as venue buyers looking for stage, lighting and event solutions.
In addition to networking with the who’s who of the music products industry, GenNext attendees have access to The College Music Society (CMS) programming curated specifically for students working toward a career in music business. If you are seeking a career in the music products industry, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to experience all that The NAMM Show has to offer.
Who Should Attend?
The NAMM Show welcomes college music students studying performance, music business, music technology or music education as well as college music faculty members.
College Music Society (CMS)
College music students and faculty are invited to attend sessions presented by The NAMM Foundation and curated by The College Music Society (CMS) as part of the GenNext program at The NAMM Show. GenNext sessions offer professional development and valuable opportunities for students to explore careers in the music industry; for faculty to network with industry professionals; and for both students and faculty to attend special events catered to the college music crowd.
NAMM U Sessions
The Hilton Anaheim has become the educational epicenter of the NAMM Campus, providing five-stories of educational sessions across music retail, audio production, event technology as well as sessions for students and educators. Keynotes will be presenting at NAMM U breakfast sessions every morning, accompanied by free breakfast, so make sure to start your day inspired! In addition, the Idea Center and TEC Tracks sessions will take place as "satellite campuses" in the Anaheim Convention Center. With hundreds of sessions to choose from, you can get a full college semester's worth of learning done in three days!
Audio Engineering Society (AES)
AES@NAMM is a unique format for the Society's West Coast presence. For an additional fee, GenNext attendees are invited to attend AES, having access to:
- A rich and varied program -A wide range of education sessions and academy trainings that meet the needs of a broad cross-section of active professionals, including audio engineers, sound reinforcement technicians, system operators, recording professionals audio equipment specialists and other associated practitioners.
- Certification Academy trainees will receive a Certificate of Attendance to confirm their participation and training in education sessions.
- Manufacturer-based product exploration - In order to leverage direct exposure, each hands-on session includes assembling and system setup across multiple premium manufacturers of contemporary Live Sound Consoles, Studio Digital Audio Workstations and Line Array Loudspeakers.
My experience at NAMM was life changing. Through NAMM I landed an internship with D'Addario.
Events and Activities Designed just for YOU
- The Grand Rally for Music Education
- GenNext/The College Music Society educational sessions
- GenNext Faculty Mixer
- The NAMM Foundation Celebration for Music Education Concert on the Grand Plaza
- The Sandy Feldstein Industry Roundtable
- NAMM Young Professionals (YP) special events
- All-industry drum circle
- Uke circle
The NAMM Foundation collaborates with The College Music Society (CMS) to curate educational sessions catered to college music students who attend The NAMM Show to explore careers in the music industry. Sessions cover topics relevant to students seeking careers in music education, business, event, lighting and sound technologies, pro audio, performance, retail, manufacturing and more.
Everything I knew about the music products industry was shattered—in a good way.
The NAMM Foundation President’s Innovation Award is a one-time $600 stipend given to select college and university music students to attend The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA in January. Applicants must express a desire to explore career opportunities in music performance and/or music business.
Application period ended September 30, 2017, and winners will be notified in November.
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- Supports individuals who are enrolled in college and university music and/or music business programs and are preparing for careers in the music products industry
- Cash awards of $600 are given once a year and one-time-only to selected undergraduate and graduate students to support travel needs and expenses
- Awardees participate in professional development offerings and have access to more than 2,000 exhibits, in addition to concerts, special events and networking sessions
- Must be enrolled for the summer or fall semester in a university-based music business, music education and/or music technology program and prove—with a spring college transcript
- Have an overall 3.0 or higher grade point average
- Applicants must be scheduled to be enrolled full-time in college at the time of The NAMM Show and through the winter/spring semester.
"It was life changing. NAMM is filled with professionals in the music industry, which creates endless networking opportunities. I left NAMM more motivated than ever to further my career within the music industry."-Jeremy McCool, Western Illinois University, 1st year, Graduate Student of The 2018 NAMM Show and through the winter/spring semester.
Review the entire guidelines here. The deadline to apply was September 30, 2017 and is now closed. Check back in early November to view the 2018 recipients list.
Congratulations to last year's recipients! View them here.
The experience is life changing for students, as they see firsthand the impact of the music products industry, music education and the health benefits of music-making in general.
How do I register?
Registration to attend The 2019 NAMM Show is currently not open; please check back in the fall of 2018.
The NAMM Show has partnered with Eventsphere to secure a hotel block at discounted rates. Check back in fall of 2018 to book your room.
- What are the exhibit hours for The NAMM Show?
Thursday, Jan. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Can anyone attend The NAMM Foundation events at The NAMM Show?
Yes. The NAMM Foundation hosts events specifically for NAMM non-members such as college students majoring in music (GenNext), music educators/school administrators (Music Education Days), and NAMM Foundation partners/nonprofit organizations; however, anyone with a badge is welcome to attend NAMM Foundation events.
- When does housing and registration open for those attending GenNext events?
Registration is currently closed for The 2019 NAMM Show. instructions can be found on this page above. Check back for more information.
- If I register and attend The NAMM Show as college student, or faculty does my badge allow me access to the show floor at the Anaheim Convention Center?
Yes. Your badge allows you access to the show floor as well as any events at the Anaheim Hilton, during show hours.
- I noticed that my badge allows only “limited access” to the trade show. What does “limited access” mean?
Your badge allows access to the trade show exhibits all hours, and all days. “Limited access,” means that your badge does not give you access to the exhibit hall before or after show hours.
- Where can I view information and events for the GenNext program?
View info and events for GenNext on this page—coming soon!
- Is there a badge deadline for GenNext?
There is a late fee of $50 after the January 10 early bird deadline, but you can register and purchase a badge onsite up until Sunday, January 28.
- Where do I pick up my badge onsite?
- Badges may be picked up at one of these Badge Will Call locations:
- Arena Lobby (ACC)
- Grand Plaza Tent
- Marriott Platinum Registration Desks
- Back of Hall D (ACC)
- Back of Hall E (ACC)
- Badges may be picked up at one of these Badge Will Call locations:
- May I bring a guest?
Your badge allows NAMM Show access for you only and badges are NOT transferable as they are checked with a government issued ID (passport, driver’s license) at the entrance to the NAMM Show exhibit halls. In addition, all non-member attendees must be 18 years of age or older.
- What should I bring with me?
You should bring the following with you to The 2018 NAMM Show: comfortable shoes, as there as literally “miles” of exhibits; a printed copy of your emailed badge confirmation; and photo identification – this will be required at every entrance.
Note: Rolling luggage/handcarts, personal music instruments and any instrument accessories are prohibited at The NAMM Show. Luggage check is available at your hotel and in the Convention Center lobby.
- Can I purchase 'demo' instruments from exhibitors?
No. The NAMM Show is a trade-only show held to promote the exchange of information between wholesale buyers and sellers. Retail selling on the show floor is strictly prohibited. While visiting exhibits we ask that you remain aware of the business being conducted between exhibitors (red badges) and buyers (blue badges) and yield accordingly.
- Where should I book a hotel?
Please visit the housing website here, to reserve your hotel accommodations.
- What airport should I fly into?
The recommended airports are:
- John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA)
- Long Beach Airport (LGB)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Ontario International Airport (ONT)
- Where should I park?
Parking is available at the GardenWalk and Angels Stadium lots, with free shuttles to and from Angels Stadium. Parking information can be found here.
- What can I do to pre-plan for my time in Anaheim at The 2018 NAMM Show?
Visit The 2018 NAMM Show website for general show information here.
- I am attending the GenNext program. How do I register to attend The 2018 NAMM Show?
Registration for GenNext opened August 30th. You must complete an online registration form to secure your badge for the show. Within 2 days of registering online, you will receive a badge confirmation email that includes a barcode to be used to pick up your badge onsite.
Registration fee is $25. Instructions on how to register can be found above on this page.
- Can I register and purchase a GenNext badge onsite?
Yes. You are still able to purchase a badge onsite using a unique code which will be listed on the GenNext event page after the badge deadline. The late registration fee (after January 10th at 11:59 p.m. PDT) is $50.
- I still have questions. Who should I contact?
About The NAMM Foundation
Celebrating and promoting the intrinsic value of music education
Founded in 2006, The NAMM Foundation represents the generosity and philanthropy of the music products industry. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.