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Manuel Rodríguez Jr. is the third generation of luthiers, a family that has been making Spanish-style guitars since 1905.
Brass for Africa, a U.K. based charity organization, was founded over a decade ago when Jim Trott, founder and executive director, donated 30 brass instruments from his son’s junior brass band to communities in Kampala, Uganda.
JAM Pedals began as a one-person operation that has evolved over the last 15 years to become a “fine-tuned body of tone seekers,” all lead by founder Jannis Anastasakis.
The team at Warwick Music Group has achieved a momentous milestone by reaching a carbon-neutral status. With a passion for the environment, the company has made it a priority to ensure the sustainability of their products.
The British Band Instrument Company (BBICO) launched its new ‘edgware by BBICO’ line of products at The 2020 NAMM Show. This diverse line of environmentally sound and safe products includes a sanitizer spray that has been proven to kill 99.9999% of germs in 12 seconds, including the COVID-19 virus.
International NAMM Member König & Meyer believes strongly in “innovative design, functionality, and durability” for their products and make sure to “develop innovative solutions for our customers’ needs and wishes.” When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, the team at König & Meyer took these strongly held beliefs and applied them to adapt their role as one of
Andertons Music Co. began shipping out 173 guitars and an additional £2,000 worth of related materials this week to emergency services workers from their store in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom.
International NAMM Member, BishopSound, traveled across the pond from Yorkshire, England to make their 2020 NAMM Show debut. As more than just a speaker manufacturer, BishopSound is “built on the desire to deliver quality sound with the power to move people.”
A recent Congressional win in Brazil has set the stage to continue to advance music making in the country. At the forefront of the initiative is NAMM Foundation grantee, Anafima Associação Nacional dos Fabricantes de Instrumentos Musicais e Audio LTda (ANAFIMA), which is led by organization President, Daniel Neves.
Born in Afghanistan, Elham Fanous spent the first four years of his life living in a country that had outlawed music. Under the rule of the Taliban, Afghanistan was a musical desert – with the complete outlaw of playing or listening to any form of music.
NAMM works with partners around the world to support the development of music education initiatives. For many years, the association has also supported the development of the music education sector in China, and continued this cooperation at last month’s National Music Education Conference in Beijing.
Make Music Day is the annual, global celebration of making music. 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 1,000 cities across 120 countries.

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