NAMM honors many outstanding retailers during Summer NAMM at the Top 100 Dealer Awards gala on Friday, July 13, 2012. In addition to recognizing this distinguished group at a festive dinner gala, NAMM announced the winners of 11 "Best Of" categories, including Dealer of the Year.

Independent music dealers from around the country flocked to Nashville to take advantage of all the great free professional development sessions available at Summer NAMM, starting with its popular new Retail Boot Camp.

See all the Summer NAMM happenings on video, in pictures and in articles. Starting with the popular Retail Boot Camp on the day before the show through close of show on Saturday, we've captured the highlights of Nashville—people and products, entertainment and education.

A 360 degree view of the show floor at 2012 Summer NAMM

The music products industry's mid-year gathering opens tomorrow featuring hundreds of exhibits with the latest products, gear and technology, along with live performances, professional education and more.

Summer NAMM continues to grow with new exhibitors moving in and other exhibitors changing their booth locations, so continue to check the Interactive Floor Plan to find the companies and products you want to see.

While in Nashville for Summer NAMM, don’t miss Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, an exhibit made possible by the Gretsch Company, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum before it closes to the public on July 15.

During 2012 Summer NAMM, tune in for a live stream of the daily Breakfast Sessions and the Top 100 Dealer Awards.

Thursday, July 12, 8 a.m. (CDT)

Entertainment by Don Alder

Visitors to Nashville this July 12-14, will have access to two simultaneous business events on July 12.

Have you checked out the schedule for NAMM U in Nashville? It's loaded with sessions addressing important business strategies in the areas of sales, marketing, technology, finance and lesson programs, presented by industry leaders and business experts.