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


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Thu, 06/15/2017

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

-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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Wed, 06/14/2017

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.

-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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Fri, 05/26/2017

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


Release Date

Tue, 05/23/2017

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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