A new venue, more brands and major buying power built to a crescendo as the music product industry converged in Nashville for the largest Summer NAMM in five years.

Beacock Music Company Inc. of Vancouver, WA is the 2013 ‘Dealer of the Year,’ as recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) at the Top 100 Dealer Awards held at Summer NAMM in Nashville on July 12.

Entries are now being accepted for the 29th Annual TEC Awards, the music and sound industry’s most prestigious event celebrating excellence in technical and creative achievement.

Savvy retailers will be making holiday lists and checking them twice while previewing an abundant selection of trending and unique instruments, accessories, and other musical products on NAMM’s return to Nashville.

NAMM Members attending Summer NAMM will choose from a robust menu of educational sessions, seminars and meetings designed to gain a vital competitive edge and propel their businesses to greater success.

A colorful, populist revival is underway for traditional bluegrass and folk instruments according to current sales trends and anecdotes from retailers.

Summer NAMM doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Productive days filled with previewing the hottest new music products for fall and holiday, educational events and meetings with industry leaders in Nashville’s new Music City Center, lead straight into evenings of camaraderie set to music.