The Parnelli Awards

Friday, January 26 — 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Anaheim Hilton, Pacific Ballroom (Level 2)

Be front and center as the industry salutes the finest companies and practitioners at the 17th Annual Parnelli Awards. It’s a night of magic where the industry’s greatest stars gather for good drink, good food, and the privilege of honoring our very best.

6:00 PM: Pre-Show Festivities & Cocktail Party
7:00 PM: Dinner & Awards Ceremony
10:00 PM: After-Party

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33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards

Saturday, January 27 — 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Anaheim Hilton, Pacific Ballroom (Level 2)

The NAMM TEC Awards are the “Oscars” of the pro audio and sound recording industry. It’s where the most outstanding products in the worlds of music making, live performances, video games, television and films are recognized and where creative luminaries like Les Paul, Quincy Jones, Joe Perry, Pete Townshend and Stevie Wonder are celebrated for their musical contributions. This year, the awards will be hosted by comedian Demetri Martin and winners will be announced across 23 Technical Achievement and 8 Creative Achievement Categories. Buy tickets here.

NAMM Foundation's Day of Service

Tuesday, January 23 — 7:30 am to 11:00 am
Orange Grove Elementary School, Anaheim, Ca

The Day of Service is one way that NAMM members come together to support music education. The Day of Service supports the Anaheim Elementary School District’s teachers, parents, students and administrators, to ensure every child has an opportunity for a well-rounded education that includes music. Learn more and RSVP here.

The NAMM Foundation Celebration for Music Education Concert Featuring OK Go

Thursday, January 25 — 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm
Anaheim Stages, NAMM Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage

The NAMM Foundation celebrates music education on The Grand Plaza with featured guest OK Go. Gather on the Grand Plaza to celebrate the kick off to The 2018 NAMM Show!

The NAMM Foundation’s Nonprofit Networking Reception

Thursday, January 25 — 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Anaheim C.C., NAMM Member Center (Hall B Lobby)

Drop by the Member Center on Thursday for The NAMM Foundation Nonprofit Networking Reception. Learn more about the organizations that share The NAMM Foundation's mission to increase opportunities for people to learn and make music. Soft drinks and snacks will be served.

Event Technology Education to Light Up The 2018 NAMM Show

Education schedule released - Topics range from lighting, rigging and safety to front-of-house operations and more


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Wed, 11/15/2017

A complete suite of professional development opportunities await event technology professionals at The 2018 NAMM Show, January 25-28 in Anaheim, California. Released today, the schedule, as curated by ESTA (Entertainment Services Technology Association), The Pro Production Sessions presented by Front of House and Projection, Lights & Staging News magazines, as well as programming from Lighting&Sound America/PLASA, will give emerging and established professionals the opportunity to learn from industry luminaries in a series of sessions and tracks.

Highlights of the schedule include four ESTA-curated educational tracks: Lighting, Lighting Networking, Rigging, and Safety. The sessions are designed to provide in-depth, progressive education to entertainment technology and design professionals, and those responsible for their safety. As part of the ESTA accredited tracks, entertainment lighting design veteran and resident expert Richard Cadena from Lighting&Sound America/PLASA will present a variety of sessions. Highlights include “Video Production: Power on a Shoestring”; “Console Programming Workflow”; and “General Electrical Safety for Stage and Set.” All ESTA-curated education tracks will be valid for ETCP credits.

Highlights from The Pro Production Sessions Presented by Front of House and Projection Lights & Staging News include “Kevin Lyman Speaks on The Evolution of Festivals in Today’s Music Industry, in which Lyman, founder and producer of The Warped Tour and CEO and founder of 4Fini, explores where the music festival fits in today's music industry landscape; “The Lighting Designer Round Table, where guest moderator Bryan Hartley and a panel of leading designers will share some of their recent projects, explain the highs and lows of the gigs and discuss the presentation techniques that got them hired; and in “Bringing It All Together,” moderated by one of this year’s Parnelli nominees, production/lighting designer Robb Jibson talks with other top production designers about how their work interprets and creates an environment that underscores and enhances the musical artists' work and the audience's experience.

All event technology education is free to registrants. A complete event tech education schedule is available at

The event technology sessions, as curated by ESTA (Entertainment Services and Technology Association), The Pro Production Sessions presented by Front of House and Projection, Lights & Staging News magazines, and programming by Lighting&Sound America/PLASA join a suite of professional development opportunities at The 2018 NAMM Show, which also includes NAMM U; TEC Tracks; A3E’s The Future of Audio program; Audinate’s Dante Certification Training; AES@NAMM: Pro Sound Symposium Live and Studio, curated by the Audio Engineering Society; and Music Education Days, GenNext career development and the Nonprofit Institute from The NAMM Foundation. These educational sessions will take place at the NAMM U Education Center at the Hilton Anaheim, located next door to the Anaheim Convention Center, and are open to NAMM members.


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Bands @ NAMM Performers Announced for The 2018 NAMM Show

Live music to surround the NAMM Campus on five different stages


Release Date

Thu, 11/16/2017

Over 140 acts from around the world are set to perform at The 2018 NAMM Show as part of the Bands @ NAMM program. The Show returns to the newly expanded Anaheim Convention Center from January 25-28 and will feature performances from musical acts spanning a variety of genres, ages and compositions.

Performers will include American R&B singer Kenny Lattimore; singer-songwriter and country artist Coffey Anderson; Infected Mushroom, a psychedelic/electronic musical duo from Israel; A.N.I.M.A.L., an Argentinian metal band; and Preston Reed, American fingerstyle guitarist, alongside many others. Over 1,000 acts submitted for a chance to perform at The NAMM Show.

All Bands @ NAMM performances will take place on five stages around The NAMM Show campus: The NAMM Grand Plaza stage (full bands), The NAMM Hilton stage (acoustic only), The NAMM Sheraton stage (acoustic only), The NAMM Marriott stage (acoustic and full bands), and the new NAMM Arena Plaza Stage Presented by Pioneer Professional Audio (full bands). Bands @ NAMM kicks off on Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. and will run through the duration of show hours.

In addition to the Bands @ NAMM performances, a headline act will perform each evening (Thursday-Saturday) after the Show closes on the Grand Plaza stage; acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Previous NAMM Show performers include Graham Nash, Richie Sambora and Orianthi, Sheila E and more.

Beginning today, listeners can hear music from the Bands @ NAMM acts on The Official 2018 NAMM Show playlist on Spotify, with songs from the performers added daily.  

Bands @ NAMM Performers for The 2018 NAMM Show:
Aaron Rizzo
Aidan James
Alice Underground
Alice Wallace
An Endless Sporadic
Andrew Castro
Ari and the Alibis
Artyom Manukyan
Ben Allen
Bernie Williams & Gil Paris
Brian Fitzy
Brit Rodriguez
Bulevar Descarga
C4 Trío
Carly Jo Jackson
Chandler Juliet
Chase Walker Band
Chi McClean
Chris Cadenhead
Coffey Anderson
Courtney Hart
Dan Cavalca
Dauzat St. Marie
Deb Taren
Dixie Jade
Don Alder
Drea Marilyn
Elvis Monroe
Emily Faith
Evan Khay
Fretmonkey Records Harp Guitar Showcase
Gene Evaro Jr.
Gints Smukais
Grayson Erhard
Hammond Organ Sound Soul Summit
Heather Nation
Hummingbird Hotel
Ian Coury & Ebinho Cardoso
Infected Mushroom
Jade Hendrix
Jamie Stillway
Jessica Lynn
Jessica Malone
John Rankin
Jon Hammond Funk Unit
Jon Mullane
Kate Brady
Keith Kenny
Kenny Charles & The Open Road
Kenny Lattimore
Kenny Peagler
Kyle Feerick
Larry Mitchell
Legends Concert
Lili Haydn
Live Hart
Lizzy V
Lloyd Spiegel
Louie Cruz Beltran
Love and a .38
Lucy & La Mer
Lunar Hand
Magnolia Wind
Matt Koelsch
Matt Richards
Mean Mary
Michael J. Dwyer
Minor Strut
Monarch Theatre
Muriel Anderson
Nathan and Jessie
One Step Closer
Parlor Social
Paul Childers
Paula Boggs Band
Preston Reed
Rascal Martinez
Rob Bonfiglio
Sam Sims Band
Sara Ontaneda
Sarah Rogo Band
Shanice Green
Shaun Munday
Shaye & Black Hat
Sophia Dion
Steph Johnson Band
Stephanie Brown and The Surrealistics
Terminus Falls
Teschner/Hall Group featuring Gigi Gonaway and Mahlon Hawk
The Breedloves
The Brook & The Bluff
The Crooked Stones
The Fenians
The Get Down Boys
The Junebugs
The Lark and the Loon
The Matching Shoe
The Musicology Allstars
The Talbott Brothers
Tiffany Christopher
Tolan Shaw
Trevor Gordon Hall
Union Hobos
Will Champlin
Wimberley Bluegrass Band
Wish and the Well

To see the full schedule of Bands @ NAMM performers, please click here.


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The NAMM Foundation Announces the 2018 President’s Innovation Award Winners

-Annual scholarship program helps advance careers of 94 college music students-


Release Date

Mon, 11/06/2017

The NAMM Foundation is pleased to present 94 exceptional college music students with the President’s Innovation Award. The annual award provides students exploring a career in music education, business and/or music products with a travel stipend to attend and advance their careers at The 2018 NAMM Show, January 25-28 in Anaheim, California.

Award recipients were chosen from across the nation through a robust application process from a pool of over 100 applicants. To be considered for the award, students must be enrolled in a university-based music business/education/technology program; have earned a 3.0 or higher grade point average; and must be enrolled full time in college at the time of The 2018 NAMM Show.

Once at the Show, the recipients will have the opportunity to network with established industry professionals in the areas of music and music products, pro audio and event technologies and services, as well as participate in The NAMM Foundation’s GenNext initiative: a professional development program for college students to help jump-start their careers. Held during each day of the show, and presented in conjunction with the College Music Society (CMS), NAMM’s GenNext is open to all college and university students and provides dedicated educational sessions to help the emerging professional advance in their career.

For award recipient Shante Simpson, a student at SAE Institute in Los Angeles, the chance to participate in the program will advance her career: “The opportunity to meet and network with industry leaders and see the latest in new gear means everything to a producer/engineer like me. There’s no doubt that being a part of this program will help me gain insight on new and innovative technology, and be a step ahead once I’m ready to fully immerse myself into the music industry.”

Jeremy McCool, a graduate student from Western Illinois University and past award recipient says that the experience 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."

Along with the great peer-to-peer networking and development opportunities, recipients will have access to 2,000 exhibits and 7,000 brands on display and networking opportunities with established industry personnel to further their careers. A suite of professional development opportunities also await participants including NAMM U, TEC Tracks, A3E’s The Future of Audio program; Audinate’s Dante Certification Training; AES @ NAMM: Pro Sound Symposium Live and Studio curated by the Audio Engineering Society; and event technology sessions, curated by ESTA (Entertainment Services and Technology Association), The Pro Production Sessions presented by Front of House and Projection Lights & Staging News magazines; and Lighting&Sound America/PLASA.

Of the award recipients, NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond shares, “We welcome the next generation of innovators and leaders, and it's important for our members and the industry to know that they will be with us at The NAMM Show. While still completing their education, NAMM is investing in their future and we warmly welcome them as if our future depended on it, I imagine in many ways it does.”

For the complete list of 2018 President’s Innovation Award winners, please visit:

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


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