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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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

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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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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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