NAMM Board Elects New Executive Committee Members

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-New committee members represent balance of commercial and retail member companies-

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Echoing the long-term stability of the 117-year-old organization, the NAMM Board of Directors unanimously voted in the next slate of officers earlier today at Summer NAMM in Nashville. At the meeting, the board officially welcomed each industry leader to new roles, representing a balanced composition of retail and commercial members. The 2017 Executive Committee includes Chair Robin Walenta, Vice-Chair Chris Martin IV, Treasurer Joel Menchy and Secretary Tom Sumner.

The vote and seamless transition sees Robin Walenta, previously NAMM’s Vice Chair, move into the new role as Chair of NAMM’s Board of Directors. Walenta is President and CEO of West Music Co., a family-owned, seven-store, full-line retailer based in Coralville, Iowa founded in 1914 by Pearl West. Walenta joined West Music in 1982 and was named President and CEO of the company in 2007. In addition to the NAMM Board of Directors, Walenta is currently a board member of the National Association of School Music Dealers; a treasurer for the Iowa Alliance for Art Education; a member of the SupportMusic Coalition and offers a wealth of industry, advocacy and arts experience to the committee. Walenta is the first female chair in the history of the organization.

“I am truly honored to represent our membership as Chair and to serve our industry. As both a commercial and retail member, I look forward to sharing my perspective to address the challenges that we face today and to prepare our industry for the opportunities of the future,” said Walenta. “Through my career-long involvement with NAMM, I have learned that networking builds beneficial and productive communities; that educational opportunities provide vital catalysts for new and ongoing musical ventures; and that in today’s world, music advocacy is more important than ever. I am excited to be at the forefront of continuing diversification and broadening inclusivity in both our members and the products and services we represent.”

As part of her first official duties, Walenta welcomed Tom Sumner to the Executive Committee as Secretary. Sumner is past member of the Board of Directors and currently Senior Vice President of Yamaha Corporation of America, a full-line manufacturer of musical products and instruments based in Buena Park, California. Sumner joined the company in 1987, and is a member of the National Piano Foundation; the National Association of School Music Dealers; the Music Distributors Association; and the SupportMusic Coalition.

Of the appointment, Walenta affirmed the board’s enthusiam: “We are excited to welcome Tom to the NAMM Executive Committee. Through his leadership role at Yamaha, Tom brings to the board important skills and knowledge that will support and augment the broad spectrum of the music industry. As a recent NAMM Board member, Tom offers valuable insights into NAMM’s mission and objectives.”

Sumner echoed the sentiments, “It’s truly an honor to be elected to the NAMM Executive Committee, and I look forward to continuing to grow and serve the industry.”

Outgoing Chair Mark Goff was honored during the meeting and applauded for his eight-years of service on the Executive Committee. Reflecting, Goff offered, “It has been an incredible honor to represent my fellow NAMM members as Chair over the past two years. During my tenure,I have been privileged to see our association at work across the globe and I’m extremely proud of the positive impact we are making as we help more people make more music every day.”

Further building upon the stability of the organization, Executive Committee members Joel Menchey and Chris Martin will transition to their new roles. Menchey is is the President and owner of Menchey Music Service, a seven-location school service and keyboard music dealer headquartered in Hanover, Pennsylvania and will serve as Secretary of the Executive Committee. Chris Martin is the sixth generation owner and CEO of C.F. Martin & Co., Inc., a manufacturer of acoustic guitars and strings, based in Nazareth, Pennsylvania and now, Vice Chair of the NAMM Executive Committee.

In other NAMM board-related news, the NAMM Young Professionals welcomed Mark Despostakis of Pennsylvania-based Progressive Music as President. Despotakis succeeds Ryan West of West Music Co.

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NAMM Celebrates the World’s Top 100 Dealers and Announces “Best of” Category Winners

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-Top music products dealers, “Dealer of the Year” honored at annual awards event-

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NASHVILLE – July 14, 2017 –  Earlier this evening at Nashville’s Music City Center, The National Association of Music Merchants honored the Top 100 Dealers in the industry and announced the list of enterprising music product retailers who received “Best of” awards for their excellence in several areas, including the coveted “Dealer of the Year” award. The annual awards show recognizes the industry’s outstanding music retailers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods and customers, and share in a vision of creating a more musical world through their local communities. The event is annually held at Summer NAMM, July 13-15.
 
“At the heart of every music store, there is a story of inspiration, dedication and a pursuit to create a more musical world,” shared Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “The Top 100 Dealers exemplify a commitment – to their community, their staff, and the industry to create a space which welcomes and inspires music makers through their products and services.”  
 
Congratulations to the following “Best of” category winners and "Dealer of the Year:"
 
Best Store Design:  Spicer’s Music (Auburn, AL)
 
Best Store Turnaround:  Zeswitz Music (Reading, PA)
 
Best Online Engagement: Andertons Music Co (UK)
 
Best Customer Service: The Candyman Strings & Things (Santa Fe, NM)
 
Music Makes a Difference: A&G Central Music (Madison Heights, MI)
 
Best Marketing and Sales Promotion: Spicer’s Music
 
Best Emerging Dealer: Third Rock Music Center (Cincinnati, OH)
 
Dealer of the Year:      A&G Central Music
 
The “Best of” category winners are selected from the Top 100 Dealers. All Top 100 Dealers are selected from a self-submission process and are numerically rated across a variety of categories by an independent panel of judges. Each submission was scored to determine the Top 100 list, the category awards and the overall Dealer of the Year award.   View the full list of Top 100 winners here: https://www.namm.org/news/press-releases/top-100-music-product-retailers-be-honored-summer

 

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ICONIC BUILDINGS AND LANDMARKS ACROSS THE U.S. TO SHINE ORANGE FOR MAKE MUSIC DAY

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Niagara Falls, Prudential Plaza and the Capital Wheel among Locations to Celebrate Make Music Day

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More than 25 iconic buildings and landmarks across the United States will turn orange in support of Make Music Day, the annual global celebration of music occurring each June 21 and featuring over 4,000 free, outdoor concerts, music lessons and jam sessions in more than 60 U.S. cities. The daylong musical celebration on the summer solstice brings people of all ages, backgrounds and skills levels together to make music. All lightings will take place in participating Make Music Day cities and occur on or one day prior to June 21.

Buildings and landmarks shining orange – a color evoking the sun and the first day of summer – include:

  • Niagara Falls and the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York
  • Boston City Hall and the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Boston
  • The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • City Hall in Portland, Maine
  • The Pawtucket River Bridge in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • The Bennington Battle Monument in Old Bennington, Vermont
  • The Capital Wheel at National Harbor in suburban Washington D.C.
  • The Liberty Bridge in Greenville, South Carolina
  • The Parthenon and Gateway Bridge in Nashville
  • Terminal Tower in Cleveland
  • City Hall in Columbus, Ohio
  • Prudential Plaza in Chicago
  • Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), The Pfister Hotel and Hilton Milwaukee Hotel in Milwaukee
  • The Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin
  • The I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis
  • The Downtown Railroad Arches and the Missouri and Prospect bridges in El Paso
  • U.S. Bank Tower and the LAX Pylons in Los Angeles
  • The Clock Tower in Santa Monica, California
  • The Union Street Railroad Bridge in Salem, Oregon

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability. Every kind of musician – from bucket drummers to opera singers – pours onto streets, parks, plazas, porches, rooftops, gardens and other public spaces to share their music with friends, neighbors and strangers.

Make Music Day national highlights include Sousapaloozas that bring together hundreds of brass and wind musicians to play the music of John Philip Sousa, Street Studios that feature DJs and producers bringing gear and engaging passersby in the spontaneous, collaborative production of original music on the street, and more than 200 Mass Appeal events that bring together musicians of all levels and ages to make music in large, single-instrument groups led by experienced facilitators.

Cities hosting major celebrations include New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Fullerton, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), St. Louis, San Jose, Seattle, Washington, DC and the entire states of Vermont and Rhode Island, with smaller festivities taking place in other communities nationwide.

Make Music Day, which began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, has since grown to more than 750 cities cross 120 countries, and is presented in the U.S. by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance.

All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public. For the full schedule of events in each city and to register to perform or host musical events, please visit makemusicday.org

 

About Make Music Day

Held annually on June 21 to coincide with the summer solstice, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in more than 750 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, more than 60 U.S. cities and the entire states of Vermont and Rhode Island are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit www.makemusicday.org.

Participating U.S. Make Music Cities in 2017

Biloxi (MS), Black Hills (SD), Boston, Buffalo, Cedar Rapids (IA), Chattanooga, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus (OH), Coralville (IA), Davis (CA), Detroit, El Paso, Fort Wayne, Fullerton, Greenville (SC), Huntsville, Iowa City, Issaquah (WA), Liberty (MO), Los Angeles, Louisville, Madison (WI), Marion (IA), Meadville (PA), Mentor (OH), Miami Beach, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Montclair (NJ), Murfreesboro (TN), Nashville, New York, Niagara Falls, Northampton (MA), North Liberty (IA), Ossining (NY), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Platteville (WI), Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Port Townsend (WA), Provo (UT), Redmond (WA), Rhode Island (statewide), Rochester (NY), Salem (OR), San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, San Luis Obispo (CA), St. Louis, Sandy (UT), Seattle, Somerville (NJ),Vermont (statewide), Warrenton (VA), Washington, DC, Wichita, Worcester (MA), and Wyoming County (NY).

To view the complete list of buildings, please visit: http://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/landmarks/

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Country Music Legend Charley Pride to Perform at Summer NAMM

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-Pride to inspire audience with legacy career; joins Crystal Gayle, Patti Smith, Harry Shearer and others for 2017 Summer NAMM Show-

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The 2017 Summer NAMM Show is set to welcome a variety of music legends as it returns to Nashville’s Music City Center, July 13-15.

The annual summer gathering of the music product, pro audio and entertainment tech community brings together top brands, professional development sessions and an opportunity to network with peers, with Music City as the backdrop.

This year’s show will welcome a variety of legendary performers, including a special performance from country music pioneer and multi-Grammy® award winner, Charley Pride, who will release his new album, Music in My Heart, July 7. For the past 50 years, Pride has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers within the genre. A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. Pride counts three Grammys among his accolades, and 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972.

Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and will perform on Saturday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m. on the NAMM Reverb Stage on the Terrace as part of the show’s Music Industry Day. Music Industry Day is open to the public and welcomes music professionals, students, academics and others involved in the creation and production of music to The Summer NAMM Show.

Other notable events during The Summer NAMM Show include the previously announced American Eagle Awards, happening Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Music City Center. Presented by the National Music Council with support from The NAMM Foundation, the evening event will honor songstress Crystal Gayle, singer, songwriter and poet Patti Smith, and comic, actor, writer, musician and creators' rights activist Harry Shearer. The highly prestigious awards are presented each year in recognition of long-term contributions to American musical culture and heritage, the importance of music education for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights both locally and internationally. The awards show is open to all NAMM attendees, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for sale by visiting www.musiccouncil.org

Emerging musical acts will also have their chance to breakout before the worldwide Summer NAMM audience. Each day of the show will feature a variety of performers on the NAMM Reverb Stage on the Terrace. A partial schedule is below:

Thursday, July 13:

11:00 a.m. Bryce Hitchcock

12:00 p.m. The Saturns

1:00 p.m. Shelby Lee Lowe

2:00 p.m. The Middle Ground

3:00 p.m. Jon Hammond Funk Unit

4:00 p.m. World's Fastest Drummer Heats

Friday, July 14:

11:00 a.m. The Brook & The Bluff

12:00 p.m. Strung Like a Horse

1:00 p.m. Derek Norsworthy

2:00 p.m. Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold

3:00 p.m. Izabel Crane

4:00 p.m. World's Fastest Drummer Heats

Saturday, July 15 (Music Industry Day)

10:00 a.m. World's Fastest Drummer Heats

11:30 a.m. School of Rock Nashville

1:00 p.m. Charley Pride

3:30 p.m. World's Fastest Drummer Finals

Official hashtag: #SummerNAMM

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Visa Assistance for The 2019 NAMM Show

Thank you for your interest in coming to The 2019 NAMM Show. We welcome attendees from around the globe and want the travel process to be smooth and seamless for anyone interested in attending. If a visa is required for your travel, please click HERE to read the complete details you need to know in order to request a letter of invitation for a travel visa as a part of NAMM's Visa Assistance Program. 

Letters of invitation are offered through The NAMM Show badge registration process. The visa application process may take 90 days or longer, so please register for your badges and request letters of invitation at least 90 days prior to your NAMM Show travel dates. The show will be held January 24–27, 2019 in Anaheim, California.

If you are a NAMM member, your membership must be active through the dates that the show will be held in order to request a letter of invitation to obtain travel visas. If you are a qualified non-member, you can request a letter of invitation while you are applying for badges during the non-member registration process which opens on August 29. 

Only authorized contacts of an active member may register for badges and request letters of invitation. Authorized contacts are designated as one of the following: Primary Contact, Registration Contact, Trade Show Contact, Housing Contact, or Administrator. To check your role, please visit your profile page.

August 22 - members can request visa letters of invitation through their authorized contact during member registration online

August 29 - qualified non-members can request visa letters of invitation during non-member registration online

If you have further questions, please contact us at letterofinvitation@namm.org. We look forward to welcoming you to The 2019 NAMM Show!

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NAMM Members Advocate for Music Education in Washington, D.C.

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-Business leaders met with elected officials and national policy makers on importance of music education in the face of proposed budget cuts-

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Earlier this week, nearly 100 music industry leaders, notable artists and arts education activists traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for all school-aged children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs. As part of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Advocacy Fly-In, held May 22-24, the delegation met with Members of Congress and other policy stakeholders to reinforce the importance of music as part of a well-rounded education. The issue of music education takes on a special importance this year as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in 2015 by President Obama readies for state-level implementation in 2018, and is facing proposed budget cuts. The law specifies music as core subject in a well-rounded education for all K-12 students.

The Advocacy week began on Monday, May 22 with a Day of Service at Jefferson Middle School Academy. Members from the group provided three hours of music education instruction on drum, ukulele and guitar for the middle school students. NAMM delegates also provided maintenance and repair to many of the school’s existing instruments. That evening, the group joined The NAMM Foundation in awarding the SupportMusic Champion Award to Senator Robert Casey (PA). The award was presented in recognition of the Senator’s long history in music education advocacy and role as a champion of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

On Tuesday, the delegates prepared for their efforts on Capitol Hill by participating in advocacy training at the Newseum, during which the music industry leaders were apprised of current issues facing public school music programs and briefed on ESSA and the current political climate from a variety of policy and arts leaders, including representatives from the United States Department of Education, Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), and the National School Board Association (NSBA), among others. The group also enjoyed a special lunchtime session on current policy trends presented by PBS News Hour contributor, New York Times columnist and Turnaround Arts artist, David Brooks. Delegation groups were also trained on developing state-level advocacy efforts for music and arts education to put into practice in their home states.

On Wednesday, nearly 200 meetings with Members of Congress were held by the delegation. The group of advocates discussed the multitude of benefits music education espouses such as increased brain function, focus and language development, as found in a new research study from Northwestern University. The Country Music Association, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and former New York Yankees centerfielder and three-time World Series winner, music education champion and Turnaround Arts artist Bernie Williams joined the day of advocacy, sharing his own experience in music education and a desire to create a more musical world.

In addition to the advocacy work, the group was part of a special Congressional reception, held on Wednesday, May 24 in the Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol that brought together arts advocates and policy makers. The evening was capped by a special CMA Songwriters Series event held at The Kennedy Center. The event featured notable acts including LoCash Cowboys and Drake White, as well as songwriters Jim Beavers and Heather Morgan. The performance underscored a united commitment from both artists and delegates to continue to champion music education opportunities for all children.

To view images from the NAMM Fly-In for Music Education, please visit: https://www.namm.org/news/photos/2017-music-education-advocacy-fly-in

 

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The NAMM Foundation Honors Senator Bob Casey with the SupportMusic Champion Award

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On Monday evening, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) honored Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) with the organization’s SupportMusic Champion Award. The award was presented in recognition of the Senator’s long history in music education advocacy and comes on the heels of the historic passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015 (ESSA). This new federal law amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), to include music and arts as part of a “well-rounded” education, a term and concept championed by the Senator. He was instrumental in writing ESSA, and in moving the bipartisan bill through the Senate and eventually, to President Obama for his signature. His commitment is further demonstrated in the Senator’s home state, as 78 school districts were recognized earlier this year as Best Communities for Music Education by The NAMM Foundation.

The SupportMusic award was presented at a reception held in concert with NAMM’s annual advocacy fly-in in support of music education and received by the Senator's Education Legislative Assistant, Jared Solomon. The NAMM advocacy group includes professional musicians, representatives from the Country Music Association (CMA), VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and nearly 100 leaders in musical instrument and products industry. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to education and access to music and arts programs for all students, particularly those in low-income school districts. Past recipients include Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Jay Rockefeller, Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Tom Harkin, Congressman John Lewis, Randall Reid-Smith, the Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and former New York Yankee, Turnaround Arts artist

and music education champion, Bernie Williams, who was also in attendance at the event. The SupportMusic Coalition is presented by The NAMM Foundation, which counts over 40,000 members from the music education sector.

The Every Student Succeeds Act was the latest reiteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act –or No Child Left Behind – and the first federal education law to provide a framework to increase access to music and arts education for every student. Specifically, the law provides that music and arts education be included as part of a well-rounded education, an unprecedented step and shift in federal education policy. States and school districts will now have increased access to funds and resources to develop, strengthen and maintain music education in public schools. The law currently awaits implementation at the state-level in 2018.

To view images from the event, please visit:http://assignments.gettyimages.com/mm/nicePath/gyipa_public?nav=pr526739782

To view the complete list of school districts honored as Best Communities for Music Education, please visit: https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/best-communities-music-education

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Audio Engineering Society (AES) to Join The 2018 NAMM Show

With a vision to continue to strengthen the music and pro audio industries, NAMM and The Audio Engineering Society (AES) have announced a new collaborative alliance which will integrate pro audio educational training activities related to live sound, performance audio, recording technology and other topics into The 2018 NAMM Show, January 25-28 in Anaheim, California.

As part of the integration and affiliation, AES at NAMM will establish a unique, new format for this part of the Society’s West Coast presence in 2018. The organization’s technical sessions, expert speaker presentations, hands-on workshops and tutorials, as well as networking events and social opportunities will join as a segment of The NAMM Show’s robust professional development offerings for music and pro audio professionals.

“Audio is everywhere, and it’s a growing part of NAMM," offered the Audio Engineering Society's President, Alex Case. "And, when it comes to professional audio, attendees and exhibitors alike want to know more and sound better; they’re singing our song. We are confident a growing number of attendees will want to experience exciting new AES educational opportunities, audition new audio products, and grow their professional networks to include some friendly audio pros through AES at NAMM.”

“As a platform for business and learning, The NAMM Show unites the global music and sound ecosystem in its own unique way,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “And through our collaboration with the passionate members and leaders of AES, we are now further united in a shared vision of showcasing exciting new products, technologies and educational offerings for the good of the entire industry.”

From live sound and studio recording, to musical instruments and entertainment technology, The NAMM Show has evolved from its original gathering of 52 piano dealers in 1901 to become the crossroads of the music products ecosystem. The show serves as a business platform for the global music, pro audio and entertainment technology products industry and its over 10,000 diverse professional member companies, hailing from 104 countries. In 2017, the show attracted nearly 107,000 registrants, 7,000 exhibiting brands, top-name artists, industry innovators and creative luminaries, and offered over 125 educational sessions and networking opportunities. The show is also host to the annual TEC Awards. Now in its 32nd year, this year’s awards honored Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and producer Jack Douglas, alongside a variety of top pro audio exhibitors, professionals and products. NAMM will also host the professional touring and production industry’s Parnelli Awards for the first time at The 2018 NAMM Show.

The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research. Currently, over 12,000 members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth.

Additional details on registration, technical paper sessions, workshops, and tutorials for the upcoming event, AES at NAMM, including registration, program topics and expert speakers along with other NAMM education and professional development opportunities will be available in the weeks to come. Until then, discover more about The 2018 NAMM Show by visiting www.namm.org

About AES

The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.

Currently, over 12,000 members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. www.aes.org

 

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Summer NAMM Education Sessions Focused on Member Success

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NAMM U, TEC Tracks and A3E to offer the roadmap for the future and how to position your business to compete

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Professional development and business enrichment opportunities will take center stage at Summer NAMM, July 13–15. Members who join the mid-year gathering at Nashville’s Music City Center will have the opportunity to participate in more than 60 high-impact, future-focused educational sessions. Each day of Summer NAMM will feature a different series of topics covering the biggest ideas and game-changing tactics to enrich attendees’ businesses and professional development, and to help prepare them for the future.

Before the show officially opens on Wednesday, July 12, members can enjoy an all-day intensive training at Retail Boot Camp. The sessions will feature best-in-class experts in two different tracks: Sales and Marketing, and Financial Management. In Sales and Marketing, internationally recognized business expert Jon Schallert will show participants how to turn a music store into a consumer destination for your community — and abroad. In the Financial Management track, Alan Friedman and Daniel Jobe of Friedman, Kannenberg & Co. return to cover such topics as purchasing and managing inventory, employee compensation, financial statements, instrument rentals and more. Registration is now open and free to NAMM members.

Each day of the show will kick off with a rousing NAMM U Breakfast Session. Beginning Thursday morning, the show will officially open with a presentation from futurist and “Retail Prophet” Doug Stephens in a session titled, “The Retail Store of the Future.” Stephens will reveal his thoughts on what awaits retail and how the music products industry can begin to chart the future now. Friday’s Breakfast Session will welcome customer experience expert Doug Fleener as he presents “The Connected Consumer: Customer Experience in an Online World,” and shares best practices for creating a valued customer experience in-store and online. Saturday at the show will welcome member favorite “Best in Show.” Presented by moderator and Music Inc. Publisher Frank Alkyer, the panel of independent retailers will discuss their top product picks from the show floor.

All Breakfast Sessions will start at 8:00 a.m. in a new location: Grand Ballroom C on Level 4. They will be followed by a variety of NAMM U sessions starting every 30 minutes at the NAMM Idea Center, booth 463. Hot Idea Center topics, such as video and content marketing, selling through third-party platforms, store design, lessons, promotions, destination marketing and new social media tips and tricks, and more, will be presented in the industry’s biggest peer-to-peer sharing environment.

Along with the exciting Idea Center sessions, TEC Tracks will return to Summer NAMM with three days of pro audio education from top hit-makers, audio gurus and industry insiders, designed to enhance the audio professional’s repertoire. Topics to be covered include vinyl mastering, controlling latency in the studio, control room improvements and a special session, “The Art of the Craft,” presented by the Nashville Grammy™ award-winning producer and songwriter Mark Bright, and a guest recording artist. Other notable names include Grammy winner Chuck Ainlay (producer and engineer) and Bill Gibson (producer, engineer and author) as they discuss who’s doing what in the studios, how they got that sound and inside stories only known to the industry few. Recording studios The Bakery, and Welcome to 1979, a Nashville-based retro, analog-centric studio, alongside Mayfield Mastering, will talk how to master on vinyl for high-fidelity, and Slick Audio will talk pro and project studio options for interfaces and audio over Ethernet.

Looking ahead, A3E (Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange) brings the future of audio and music products to the fore, with a series of future-focused sessions on Saturday. Must-attend sessions include “Disruptive Technology for the Traditional Musician,” “The Future of Production: A Masterclass in Contemporary Country” and many others, to advance industry know-how and to prepare for the future of music, and music making.

For established and aspiring pro audio professionals, Audinate, the creator of Dante™, a media networking technology, will introduce a new advanced Level 3 Dante Certification course as part of this year’s Summer NAMM. The new advanced track is geared toward attendees that are already using Dante, and are looking to create more advanced systems and learn best practices. Audinate will make available the Dante Certification courses Level 1 and 2. All three of these courses will be taught on Friday, July 14 and again on Saturday July 15. Additional information, including advanced registration, can be found by visiting www.audinate.com/summernamm17

Saturday also welcomes the show’s Music Industry Day (MID) attendees and offers a chance to learn from leaders in their space and network with like-minded peers. Presenters include the Nashville Songwriters Association International, guitar pros and editors from Guitar Player magazine, social media, PR and marketing experts, as well as accomplished songwriters covering a variety of need-to-know topics. These include “Musician Marketing: Insider Tips to Grow Your Brand,” “Hit Songwriting: Making the Most of Cutting-Edge Trends” and the “2017 Songwriter Success Summit,” which will cover everything from contracts to how to achieve commercial success without the help of a publisher.

All NAMM U, TEC Tracks and A3E sessions are open to Summer NAMM badge holders and, on Saturday, to Music Industry Day attendees. To view the complete list of sessions, please visit https://www.namm.org/summer/2017/educational-sessions

To register to attend Music Industry Day, please register for tickets by visiting https://www.namm.org/summer/2017/music-industry-day/ 

For additional information about Dante training, please visit www.audinate.com/summernamm17

DOWNLOAD: To download the Word document of all Summer NAMM Professional Development sessions, please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n7bpzxcwljcpm79/SN17_Education_Schedule_FINAL.docx?dl=0

 

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Make Music Day Returns on Wednesday, June 21

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4,000+ Live, Free Outdoor Music-Making Events to Kick Off Summer in Over 50 U.S. Cities

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Make Music Day, the annual global celebration featuring more than 4,000 free, outdoor concerts, music lessons and jam sessions in the United States, returns this year on Wednesday, June 21. The all-day musical celebration on the summer solstice, which brings people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels together to make music, will feature over 50 U.S. cities hosting major celebrations including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), St. Louis, San Jose, Seattle and the entire states of Vermont and Rhode Island, with smaller festivities popping up in other communities nationwide.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day seeks to encourage all people to experience the pleasure of making music. Every kind of musician – from bucket drummers to opera singers – pours onto streets, parks, plazas, porches, rooftops, gardens and other public spaces to share their music with friends, neighbors and strangers.

Highlights of Make Music Day in the U.S. will include Sousapaloozas in Chicago, Cleveland, Madison, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York and San Jose that bring together hundreds of brass and wind musicians to play the music of John Philip Sousa; Street Studios in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York and Philadelphia where DJs and producers bring their gear and engage passersby in the spontaneous, collaborative production of original music on the street; and over 150 Mass Appeals across the country that gather musicians to play together in large, single-instruments groups. Instruments with Mass Appeal events include guitars, harmonicas, accordions, flutes, percussion, trombones, bassoons, French horns, synthesizers, ukuleles, djembes, harps and voices.

Make Music Day, which began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, has since grown to include more than 750 cities across 120 countries – and is presented in the U.S. by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance.

Additional Make Music Day 2017 highlights include:

Ella Fitzgerald Piano Bar – In New York City and Los Angeles, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth and presented with support from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, a piano will be transported on a pickup truck to multiple locations that have deep connections to the jazz icon including the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and her old neighborhood in Beverly Hills. At each stop, members of the public will be given songbooks and invited to sing their favorite Ella song with live piano accompaniment.

Boomwhackers – In an “MP3 Experiment” produced by Improv Everywhere, over 3,000 participants in New York’s Battery Park will download an MP3 track that provides a kind of narrated adventure experience featuring Boomwhackers, which are colorful plastic tubes. By following the narration on the MP3, they will make music together by hitting the Boomwhackers against nearby objects. Ten other cities will also stage excerpts of this MP3 Experiment.

The Gauntlet – Choirs in New York City, Chicago and Providence (RI) will perform composer Sxip Shirey’s 2016 piece, where two rows of 30 singers engage in a musical dialogue as audience members immerse themselves by walking, at their own pace, through the rows of paired singers.

Lift Every Voice: Musicians Rising For Racial Justice – Performances of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings” will be held in Boston, Chicago and Cleveland.

Young Composers Contest – In celebration of Make Music Day, the software company MakeMusic Inc. and the nonprofit American Composers Forum are hosting a composition contest for young composers aged 13-21. Three judges – including Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon – will select one piece for wind band to be premiered in select cities on Make Music Day.

WTC @ WTC – In the spirit of contemplation evoked through the repertoire and the setting, four grand pianos at the four corners of the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza will stage performances of music from J.S. Bach’s “Well Tempered Clavier” by a rotating cast of professionals and students.

Other events around the country will highlight the musical history and ingenuity of each city including:

San Jose, CA – The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will host a music crawl on the light rail with performers and food trucks at different stations

Madison, WI – an Otis Redding-themed “Go Big Sing” will be held at the lake where the famed soul singer and six others died in a plane crash 50 years ago

Davis, CA – a sing-along will be held in Central Park to mark the city’s centennial

Los Angeles – a sunrise gospel celebration at Griffith Park Observatory for hikers and early morning park users will kick off the local music-making events

Washington, DC – musicians will unite together in the nation’s capital and globally to simultaneously perform the peace anthem, “Set Me Free”

Buffalo, NY – musicians will play inside the Marine A grain elevator at historic Silo City

El Paso, TX – local musicians will be joined by their counterparts from Juarez, Mexico, to make music together across the border

All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public. Participants who wish to perform, or to host musical events, may register at MakeMusicDay.org. A full schedule of events will be posted on the website in early June.

About Make Music Day

Held annually on June 21 to coincide with the summer solstice, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in more than 750 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, 50 U.S. cities and the entire states of Vermont and Rhode Island are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit www.makemusicday.org.

Participating U.S. Make Music Cities in 2017

Atlanta, Black Hills (SD), Boston, Buffalo, Cedar Rapids (IA), Chattanooga, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus (OH), Coralville (IA), Davis (CA), Detroit, El Paso, Fort Wayne, Fullerton, Huntsville, Iowa City, Issaquah (WA), Liberty (MO), Los Angeles, Madison (WI), Marion (IA), Mentor (OH), Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Montclair (NJ), Nashville, New York, Niagara Falls, North Liberty (IA), Ossining (NY), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Platteville (WI), Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Port Townsend (WA) Redmond (WA), Rhode Island (statewide), Salem (OR), San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Somerville (NJ),Vermont (statewide), Warrenton (VA), Washington, DC, Worcester (MA), and Wyoming County (NY).

About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,300 members around the world. The NAMM Foundation works to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

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