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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Summer NAMM Supports Pro Audio Professionals with the Latest Products and Ideas

Summer NAMM has become a go to resource for pro audio, live sound, house of worship, lighting and event technology professionals, drawing on Nashville’s rich music and recording scene, along with a host of live venues in the surrounding area. The event also draws major buying power from Atlanta, Chicago and influential professionals from across the country, along with 28 countries and regions around the globe.

The buying audience makes Summer NAMM an effective way for pro audio manufacturers to showcase their latest offerings, and connect with major media from hundreds of outlets.

House of worship specific education and events like the Musician’s Chapel Service help draw the 900+ facilities in Nashville, and thousands of others within a few hours drive to Summer NAMM.

Three days of in-depth training and pro audio education from top hit-makers, audio gurus and industry insiders to help sound, studio and stage professionals connect and grow. 

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.

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.

A3E will once again bring thought leaders, visionaries and innovators to its Future of Audio Summit. These luminaries will be sharing insights and strategies to Nashville's musicians, developers and technologists, and will be delving into the critical topics of:

  • Disruptive Technology for the Traditional Musician
  • The Future of Bass Guitar & Drum Technology
  • The Future of Production In Nashville: A Masterclass in Contemporary Country
  • New Technology Platforms for Musicians: Virtual Realty & Game Audio
  • Exploring The New Sounds of Music City including Indie, Pop, and Hip-Hop
  • Metadata Masterclass for Musicians and Developers

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.

Local recording studios like Vintage King round-out the buying mix, and when the show comes to a close they will be hosting their 3rd Annual Summer NAMM Beer & Gear Hang 2017, where all Summer NAMM attendees are invited to celebrate audio innovation with a night of festivities, including cold beer, snacks and killer vintage and new gear.

Don’t miss the opportunity to exhibit at Summer NAMM and connect with billions in buying power across pro audio. Contact your NAMM Business Partner today.

 

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Summer NAMM Welcomes Charley Pride to the Stage on Saturday

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.

One such legend will be multi-Grammy® award winner and country music pioneer, Charley Pride, who will be performing his top hits as well as songs from his latest album, "Music in My Heart", releasing on 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 one 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

 

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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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