NAMM Policy Forum

Changing regulations and guidelines impacting the trade of protected species (CITES), ISO standardization, and internet sales tax, continue to shape how our industry operates. Join NAMM’s policy counsel, Jim Goldberg, and NAMM’s Public Affairs and Government Relations Director, Mary Luehrsen, for an interactive discussion covering policy updates. Presented by NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations.

D'Angelico Pick Up & Play Giveaway

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Sign up at the D'Angelico booth (#1235) for our Open Mic Giveaway! You’ll get the chance to play on the NAMM Reverb Stage on the Terrace on Thursday and Friday at 3pm for your chance to win a D'Angelico guitar!

Jump on stage and show us what you've got! The best performance will win one of our all new Premier Series solid body guitars! Winner will be announced on stage on Saturday at 11am.

*Participants are able to perform one song on stage. As many performances as possible will be accommodated in the allotted time period. Artist/band must use a D’Angelico guitar or bass during the performance, provided by D’Angelico. Prize: 1 D’Angelico Premier Series guitar of choice. T-shirts and accessories will also be given away to performers and “stage game” winners. Winner will be chosen by the D'Angelico Artist Relations team.

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NAMM Congratulates The 2018 Top 100 Dealers

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- Leaders in music instruments, pro audio retail to be honored at the annual event -

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Tue, 05/01/2018

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is pleased to announce the list of enterprising music product retailers to be honored at the organization’s Top 100 Dealer Awards. Now in its eighth year and held during the Summer NAMM Show (June 28-30) in Nashville, the annual awards honor 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.

“While there are thousands of great NAMM member retail stores out there, a theme that emerges with this year’s Top 100 is an unwavering commitment to helping people of all ages begin their musical journey and then keep them actively engaged in music making for the long haul,” affirmed Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “We look forward to an exciting evening in Nashville to honor and celebrate the Top 100 Dealers as well as pay tribute to all music retailers who sit in the heart of their communities, inspiring and creating more music makers through their efforts.”

Each submission was evaluated for effectiveness in marketing, customer engagement and innovation in retail by a panel of independent judges. The panel also made a selection for several “Best of” category winners, including “Best Store Turnaround;” “Best Customer Service;” “Best Store Design;” “Best Marketing and Sales Promotion;” “Best Online Engagement;” “Best Emerging Dealer/Rookie Of The Year;” the “Music Makes a Difference;” award and the coveted, “Dealer of the Year” award. By entering, retailers are automatically considered for the “Best Of” categories as well as for “Dealer of the Year.” The “Best of” and “Dealer of the Year” awards to be announced during the Top 100 Dealer Awards gala on Friday, June 29 at the Summer NAMM Show in the Davidson Ballroom.

Congratulations to the following retailers (in alphabetical order):

COMPANY NAME CITY STATE/COUNTRY
A & G Central Music Madison Heights MI
All County Music Tamarac FL
Amro Music Memphis TN
Andertons Music Co. Surrey United Kingdom
Andy's Music Mobile AL
Antonio Violins Cincinnati OH
Arthur's Music Store Indianapolis IN
Backstage Music Starkville MS
Beacock Music Vancouver WA
Bernhardt House of Violins Greenville SC
Bertrand's Music San Diego CA
Big Music Sydney NSW, Australia
Bill Harris Music Provo UT
Bill's Music Baltimore MD
Bluedog Guitars North Vancouver BC, Canada
Blues Angel Music Pensacola FL
Brass Bell Music Store Glendale WI
Brighton Music Center New Brighton PA
Buddy Roger's Music Cincinnati OH
C.A. House Music St. Clairsville OH
Carter Vintage Guitars Nashville TN
Casino Guitars Southern Pines NC
Cassell's Music San Fernando CA
Chicago Music Exchange Chicago IL
Contemporary Music Center Haymarket VA
Cosmo Music Richmond Hill ON, Canada
Cream City Music Brookfield WI
Creative Music Center Monroe CT
Day Violins Chantilly VA
Drum & Strum Music Center Warrenton VA
Drum Center of Portsmouth North Hampton NH
EatMyBeats Tuscaloosa AL
Farley's House Of Pianos Madison WI
Five Star Guitars Beaverton OR
Flatts & Sharpe Music Company Chicago IL
GarageBand Music Utica MI
Guitar Wishes Lincolnton NC
Guitars Etc. Athens TX
Haworth Guitars Albion Park Rail NSW, Australia
Heid Music Appleton WI
Hollywood Piano Burbank CA
Instrumental Music Center Tucson AZ
Ish Guitars Syracuse NY
Island Music Company La Plata MD
Larry's Music Center Wooster OH
Living Pianos Santa Ana CA
Lowe Vintage Instrument Company Burlington NC
Matt's Music Weymouth MA
Maxwell's House of Music Jeffersonville IN
Merriam Music Oakville ON, Canada
Middle C Music Washington DC
Midwood Guitar Studio Charlotte NC
Mike Risko Music Ossining NY
Mississippi Music, Inc. Hattiesburg MS
Mom's Music Louisville KY
Moore Guitars Evansville IN
Music Authority Cumming GA
Music Go Round Minneapolis MN
Music Land Bel Air MD
Music Man West Palm Beach FL
Music on the Hill Washington DC
Music Royale Powell OH
Music Villa Bozeman MT
Musical Innovations Greenville SC
N-Tune Music & Sound Odessa TX
Northland Music Center LLC Rhinelander WI
Ottawa Pianos Ottawa ON, Canada
Owensboro Music Center Owensboro KY
Paige's Music Indianapolis IN
Pecknel Music Company Greenville SC
Pellegrino Music Center Canton OH
Plum Grove Music Lowell IN
Progressive Music Mckeesport PA
Red Dragon Guitars Sparta NC
Rice Music House Columbia SC
Righteous Guitars Roswell GA
Romeo Music Dallas TX
Royalton Music Center North Royalton OH
San Diego Music Studio San Marcos CA
Shoreline Music Durango CO
Shuffield Music Company Arkadelphia AR
Silly Strings Guitar Shop Petaluma CA
Sims Music Columbia SC
Spicer's Music Auburn AL
Springfield Music Springfield MO
Summerhays Music Murray UT
Symphony Supply Paducah KY
Ted Brown Music Tacoma WA
The Acoustic Shoppe Springfield MO
The Candyman Strings & Things Santa Fe NM
The Music Room Palatine IL
Third Rock Music Center Cincinnati OH
Tim's Music Carmichael CA
Tobias Music Downers Grove IL
Ukulele Station America Oregon IL
Uncle Ike's Music & Sound Dubuque IA
Wentworth Music Kelowna BC, Canada
West Music Coralville IA
Willis Music Florence KY
Zeswitz Music Reading PA

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Summer NAMM to Present over 60 Education Sessions

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NAMM U, A3E, TEC Tracks, new Retail Training Summit to offer industry members best practices in key areas -

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Wed, 04/18/2018

At Summer NAMM, established and emerging music instrument, retail, and pro audio industry members will enjoy a plethora of professional development and business opportunities over the course of three days at Nashville’s Music City Center. At the annual mid-year member gathering, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in more than 60 high-impact, future-focused educational sessions covering the biggest ideas and game-changing tactics to enrich attendees’ businesses and professional development and to help prepare them for the future.

Each morning of the show will bring the future to the fore in an opening NAMM U Breakfast Session. Thursday’s session will tackle the big trends in retail, from new business models and technologies to the omnichannel experience, with “Retail Innovators,” a session featuring the forward-thinking and successful retailers of today and the strategies and best practices positively changing retail. On Friday, the “Sales Lion” Marcus Sheridan will draw on his years of digital marketing and impart the transformative strategies needed to win online with “How to Become a Digital Powerhouse: Seven Steps to Online Transformation.” On Saturday, the perennial favorite “Best in Show,” a panel of retailers and Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazine Publisher Frank Alkyer return to share the hot products from Summer NAMM that consumers will be buzzing about into the holiday season and beyond.

Following the Breakfast Sessions, attendees will discover a wealth of professional insight and opportunities to strengthen retail businesses at the NAMM Idea Center. Highlights of the program span navigating and winning in online marketing, building strong lesson programs with low attrition, hosting unique and profitable in-store events, fresh ideas for creating a customer experience, and creative and cost-efficient store design.

Along with NAMM U, TEC Tracks returns with two full days of pro audio programming designed to help professionals take their careers to the next level. Notable sessions include “Crafting a Hit Record,” with multi-platinum and multi-Grammy winners Tony Brown, Jeffrey Steele, Steve Marcantonio and Andrew Mendelson; “Concert Sound for The Eagles,” with legendary monitor engineer Mark Frink; and “Solving the ‘Sound Problem’ at Your House of Worship,” a solution-focused session addressing common challenges. TEC Tracks will also play host to a special Studio Engineering Summit: four back-to-back sessions designed to provide an understanding of the realities of studio life featuring the industry’s most experienced and respected recording veterans.

Saturday welcomes the show’s Make Music Experience, delivering a robust lineup of sessions curated for emerging artists to build successful – and sustaining – careers. Highlights of the program include “DIY Tips for Marketing and Social Media Success,” “How to Prepare Your Music for Pitching,” “Essential Tips for Getting Endorsed and Sponsored” and “Pensado’s Place Live at Summer NAMM,” featuring Dave Pensado, Herb Trawick and recording legends as they delve into the hottest topics in production today.

Also on Saturday, A3E (Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange) will present the game-changing technologies and ideas that are driving the evolution of music products and pro audio technologies. Highlights from the program range from “The Future Musician: The Real Impact of Artificial Intelligence” and “Developing Creative Software in The Social Media Era Musician” to “The Future of The Frets: Guitar for the Next Generation of Musicians,” as well as others.

Before the show officially opens, retail professionals of all areas of expertise are invited to take part in the new Retail Training Summit: a mini-conference that deep dives into the most relevant and critical areas for music retail success. Held on Wednesday, June 27, the program marks an evolution of the popular Retail Boot Camp program as a way to offer specialized training for music retail professionals in a format designed to give hands-on, proven ideas, techniques and tools for retail success in a range of business areas. Retail professionals will be able to choose from six different sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), covering a variety of hot-button issues and tools to stay competitive. Registration is now open and free to NAMM Members and their store staff to attend: https://www.namm.org/summer/2018/educational-sessions/nammu/retail-training-summit

View the complete education schedule here: 

NAMM U https://www.namm.org/summer/2018/events/nammu

TEC Tracks https://www.namm.org/summer/2018/events/tec-tracks

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The Parnelli Awards Announce Return to The NAMM Show

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Tue, 04/17/2018

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Timeless Communications Corp. (TCC), publisher of Projection Lights & Staging News (PLSN), FRONT of HOUSE (FOH), and Stage Directions magazines have reaffirmed the organizations’ alliance to serve the live event production community with a multi-year deal at The NAMM Show. As part of the agreement, TCC will return with its premier award show for the live production community, The Parnelli Awards and curated professional development sessions.

“Change is always difficult, but there was nothing difficult in moving the Parnelli Awards to the NAMM show,” says Terry Lowe, Parnelli Awards Executive Producer and Publisher of PLSN, FOH, and Stage Directions. “We are now part of a much larger picture and able to grow. The show was by all measures the best ever, and the opportunity to involve our pro event professionals in learning opportunities was extremely rewarding. And it’s just going to keep getting better.”

“The spirit of the Parnelli Awards captures perfectly what the NAMM is all about,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “Honoring the hard work and dedication of this critically important community while at the same time bringing everyone together for the annual industry family reunion makes the NAMM Show the one you just want to be at!”

The agreement builds on the success of The 2018 NAMM Show, which gathered 115,000 professionals from 100 countries in the music instrument, pro audio, and event technology communities. At the Show, attendees enjoyed event technology education sessions produced by Timeless Communication Corp. and presented by industry experts, a variety of networking events, exhibitor displays, and the annual Parnelli Awards. As a result of the agreement, the Parnelli Awards will return to The NAMM Show for the next three years. The 2019 Parnelli Awards will be held on Friday, January 25 in the Hilton Anaheim on the NAMM Campus.

The Parnelli Awards recognize pioneering, influential professionals and companies and their contributions to the live production industry. Founded in 2001 and named after industry luminary Rick “Parnelli” O’Brien, the awards bring together the live entertainment community in a vibrant annual gathering to recognize the best-in-class across 22 different categories such as “Lighting Designer of the Year,” “Sound Company of the Year,” and “Rigging Company of the Year,” and the coveted “Lifetime Achievement,” “Visionary,” and “Audio Innovator” awards.

From school band concerts to houses of worship, to the largest tours and festivals, seemingly every music event today has a sophisticated element of production in it, and The NAMM Show has evolved to reflect this, growing from its original gathering of 52 piano dealers in 1901 to become the stable, reliable business platform for the global music, sound, and entertainment technology products industry. For industry professionals who make their living using these products, the show has become the crossroads of the music ecosystem and the hub for industry-leading professional development. With the expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center in 2018, The NAMM Show met the demand coming from these sectors as an event where industry pros can expect to benefit from robust professional development and education opportunities, as well as numerous networking events on the trade show floor.

Read the interview in FRONT of HOUSE magazine: http://fohonline.com/newsroom/news/next-parnelli-awards-to-be-held-jan-25-2019-and-at-namm-through-2021/

The NAMM Show will be held January 24-27, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Learn more by visiting NAMM.org

 

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The National Music Council to Honor Jazz Giants Chick Corea and The Manhattan Transfer at Annual American Eagle Awards

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-Live Music at event honoring musical luminaries and advocates for music education, creative rights-

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The National Music Council has announced that jazz legends Chick Corea and The Manhattan Transfer will be honored at the organization’s 35th annual American Eagle Awards on Thursday, June 28 at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The honors are presented each year in recognition of long-term contributions to American musical culture and heritage, the importance of music education and inspiration for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights both locally and globally.

“At this year’s event, we are honoring the artists who bring life and imagination to one of our country’s most revered and treasured genres of music – jazz,” said David Sanders, Director of the National Music Council. “The time has come to celebrate the enduring legacies and versatility of Chick Corea and all the members of The Manhattan Transfer. Each has set an extraordinary standard for ongoing contribution to American musical culture and heritage, and will rightly serve as a mentor or role model for aspiring jazz artists for years to come.”

Recognized as one of music’s most influential stylists, Chick Corea has reached iconic status as a keyboardist, composer and bandleader. Corea is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in GRAMMY® Awards history with 63 nods – and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin GRAMMYs. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Corea has accessed an impressive repertoire of musical genres in the past fifty years since first performing with several Miles Davis bands in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Yet Corea has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a “who’s who” of music. Underscoring his long list of accomplishments, he was also named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. The Massachusetts-born musician remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times noted, he is “a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.”

A cornerstone for great pop and jazz hits, The Manhattan Transfer has built a legacy that began at the time of their very first recording 43 years ago. The legendary quartet of Alan Paul, Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Siegel and the late Tim Hauser, has been awarded 10 GRAMMY Awards of 20 nominations and has been inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame. With sold-out world tours and worldwide record sales in the millions, The Manhattan Transfer continues to bring unique and extraordinary, melodic and jazz-infused vocals to new and established audiences that span generations. With the March 2018 release of The Junction, their extraordinary contribution to American popular music continues.

The new American Eagle honorees will join a “who’s who” list of cultural giants including Stephen Sondheim, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Clive Davis, Van Cliburn, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Morton Gould, Dave Brubeck, Marian Anderson, Max Roach, Lena Horne, Roy Clark, Elliott Carter, Ervin Drake, Theo Bikel, Roberta Peters, Odetta, Leonard Slatkin, Sesame Street, Hard Rock Café, and VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. In 2017, the NMC also recognized the indelible contributions of songwriter/poet, Patti Smith, country legend Crystal Gale, and comedian, musician and actor, Harry Shearer at the Nashville Summer NAMM Show.

The National Music Council celebrates these great artists in part to highlight the importance of the 5 Musical Rights developed and enumerated in cooperation with the International Music Council. These rights are that all children and adults must have the freedom and ability to: (1) express themselves musically in all freedom; (2) learn musical language and skills; (3) have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation and information; (4) develop their artistry and communicate through all media; (5) obtain just recognition and fair remuneration for their work.

This year’s award ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday, June 28 at Nashville’s Music City Center, and is open to industry members and Summer NAMM attendees. Tickets for this event are also available to the general public. For more information on schedule, location details, tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.musiccouncil.org or contact NMC Director David Sanders at sandersd@montclair.edu. Proceeds from the event support the National Music Council’s music education advocacy efforts.

The Summer NAMM Show is the mid-year global gathering of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and its many member companies, representing the global music products industry, including music instruments and pro audio products, music retailers and educators and house of worship professionals. The awards are presented with support from The NAMM Foundation, a non-profit which works to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan through scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.

About The National Music Council

The US Congressionally-chartered National Music Council is celebrating its 77th year as a forum for the free discussion of this country’s national music affairs and challenges. Founded in 1940 to act as a clearinghouse for the joint opinion and decision of its members and to work to strengthen the importance of music in our lives and culture, the Council’s initial membership of 13 has grown to almost 50 national music organizations, encompassing every important form of professional and commercial musical activity. Through the cooperative work of its member organizations, the National Music Council promotes and supports music and music education as an integral part of the curricula in the schools of our nation, and in the lives of its citizens. The Council provides for the exchange of information and coordination of efforts among its member organizations and speaks with one voice for the music community whenever an authoritative expression of opinion is desirable. www.musiccouncil.org

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 http://www.nammfoundation.org.

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