Your Summer NAMM Preview

Summer NAMM’s mid-year gathering will return to Music City June 28-30, 2018, bringing new ideas, inspiration and innovative products to fuel the second half of the year and beyond!

This year, Summer NAMM will be bringing back signature events and will also be introducing some exciting, new additions specifically designed for your professional development and success.

Innovative Products

More than 1,600 brands will be present, displaying the latest innovative products including mid-year releases that are making their debuts at Summer NAMM. Hall C will also be expanded to include more pro audio exhibitors and gear! Get a trending product on your shelf before your competitors even know about it, and take time to get to know the people behind the brands in an environment that is conducive for relationship building.

“I come here because I’m hoping to find that next guy, that next Gibson, that next Fender, that next JBL or Electrovoice--somebody who’s got a 10x10 booth but with a great idea. I always want to find that little niche guy who may one day be something, and I’ll be able to say, ‘I found him.’” Sammy Ash, Sam Ash Music

Valuable Networking

Our members tell us that gleaning from each other’s knowledge is one of the top reasons why they continue to be successful and turn a profit year-over-year.

More than 14,000 registrants from more than 38 countries attend Summer NAMM, including 90% of the Top 100 Dealers list giving you a diverse pool of successful peers to connect with in Music City. NAMM offers many networking events throughout the show that creates the family reunion feel that NAMM has always been known for. This year, expanded lobby areas and a new food and beverage station in front of Hall D, will make the show more comfortable and conducive to grab a drink and connect.

“We came here to expand our dealer network and we’ve had a really good flow of dealers come through. I think it’s going to be a great boost for us to get our products in the hands of a lot of mom and pop music stores.” –Matt McGlynn, Roswell Audio


World-Class Industry Education

Retail Boot Camp, NAMM’s flagship intensive retail training program will be transforming into the Retail Training Summit, offering six tracks instead of two, covering a comprehensive set of subjects, led by industry experts, that will help you deliver results and grow your business in the coming months.

Advanced Audio Applications Exchange (A3E) will return with the Future of Audio Summit. A3E is the nexus point of innovation in music, technology, computer science and manufacturing. Meet the pioneers of each field as they come together to define the future of music technology with a special focus on software developers.

The Idea Center and TEC Tracks sessions will be in full swing on the show floor, offering easily digestible industry tips, tricks and how-to’s every half hour delivered from industry peers who are doing it right. Come sit in between floor laps and meetings and soak up industry knowledge you can use right away.

A NAMM member favorite, the NAMM U Breakfast Sessions will also be returning with big ideas and big picture strategies, led by industry luminaries. You’ll walk away from each session with a full stomach and a head full of new ideas that will supercharge you to go back to the store and get to work!

“We learned the importance of having a point-of-sale system and now use one to manage our inventory more effectively.” —Michael Stryker, Sprindrift Guitars


Exciting Events

Popular events will be returning like the NAMM Opening Night Party coupled with the star-studded American Eagle Awards honoring music legends; the highly-anticipated Top 100 Dealer Awards honoring the industry’s retail stars; and the all-new Music Making Experience, happening on Saturday of the show. This day will be open to industry professionals in the Nashville and surrounding areas, and will feature access to the show floor, live entertainment, food, interactive experiences, exciting partner events and more!

“I couldn’t imagine not coming to this show. We have at least 20 people here…and I love Nashville. At this show, I spend quality time with products and vendors, really getting to talk with people and friends.” —Chuck Surack, president and founder of Sweetwater Sound