Career & Business
Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars launched its PRS Guitars Pulse Artist program in 2020 “to support PRS players around-the-world by highlighting PRS players who are making waves in their local music scene.” In December 2020, the program announced its freshman class of 84 artists and encouraged fans to follow along their creative, musical journeys.
The new year marked a milestone for Taylor Guitars, the San Diego-based leading global manufacturer of acoustic guitars as Bob Taylor, Kurt Listug, and Andy Powers officially transferred ownership to their employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
Often considered works of art themselves, Yamaha is taking instruments that are no longer fit for playing and turning them into canvases for creative expression.
Stephen McSwain started building guitars in 1992 as a hobby in Los Angeles, California. He became a luthier as a creative outlet that flexed his wood carving abilities that began with an old Dremel and Exacto carving knife as a child.
Designed to honor college students who demonstrate excellence in the field of music, the President’s Innovation Award (PIA) provides an opportunity for students to attend The NAMM Show.
Smart Women in Music (SWIM) presents SWIM Masters, a biweekly podcast “dedicated to help connect, grow, and support women in the music products industry.”
NAMM Member and Top 100 Dealer Royalton Music Center (RMC) has launched a line of masks that not only help protect against the spread of COVID-19 but allow for musicians to continue making music.
ModTruss designs “ultra-strong portable buildings that can be assembled in a flash” - a capability that the NAMM Member has brought to the healthcare industry to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
In January, Believe in Music Week will gather the global industry and one of The NAMM Show’s most exciting events, the TEC Awards, is slated to present its 36th installment. The annual awards, honor “individuals, companies, and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multi-media.”
Hemphill Brothers, a coach company that has thrived since 1980 by renting fleets of tour buses to iconic musicians and their teams, have pivoted operations in the wake of COVID-19. With the pandemic grinding live music and touring to a near halt, the Tennessee-based company is now giving the public a chance to travel like a rock star.
Dubbed the "Retail Oscars" by Music Inc. magazine, the Top 100 Dealer Awards highlights the industry’s best music product retailers and shares their strategies for success.
Samsystems, established in 2012, is the UK-based “inventors and manufacturers of the world’s first integral close miking system for guitar amplifiers and speaker cabinets.” The company's new Integral IM10 – IM12 provides an alternative concept to close cab miking as it fits on the speaker inside any speaker cabinet.