2019 Top 100 Dealer Awards

Submissions are now closed.

Dubbed the "Retail Oscars" by Music Inc. magazine, the Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights music product retailers that have gone above and beyond in reaching customers, growing their business and positively impacting their community. An independent panel of judges selects finalists and winners in seven categories, with the brand new Innovation Award and Best Community Retail Store joining the suite. From these eight victors, the prestigious "Dealer of the Year" is honored. This year, the Awards include the Top 100 Customers' Choice Award, which is voted upon by customers and peers alike.

2019 Categories Include: 

  • Innovation Award*
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Store Design
  • Best Marketing and Sales Promotion
  • Best Online Engagement
  • Music Makes a Difference Award
  • Best Community Retail Store*
  • Top 100 Customers' Choice Award*
  • Dealer of the Year

* New categories this year

Those who qualify as a Top 100 Dealer will be notified in late May, with the category honors being announced at the highly anticipated Top 100 Dealer Awards, Friday, July 19, during 2019 Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN. 

Whether you run a small independent store or a chain of retail outlets, we invite you to enter this year's award program. Besides being a ton of fun, it is a great opportunity to benchmark best practices, boost employee morale and generate buzz about your business. 

Submissions begin on Friday, March 15 and end on Friday, April 5 at 11:59 pm.


Only NAMM members will be considered. To ensure your eligibility to participate, be sure your NAMM membership is current. Fill out the NAMM Membership Application to become a member or for existing members, renew your membership.

New submission guideline for 2019: If you were a Top 100 category winner in 2018, your store will not be eligible to win the same category in 2019.

Top 100 Dealer Awards Terms and Conditions

Tips & Strategies

The entries for the Top 100 Dealer Awards are as unique as the companies that submit them. But the nominees and winning dealers tend to have some things in common: they know how to market themselves and create a clear and compelling entry. Learn more about Tips for Creating a Winning Top 100 Entry.

View the 2018 Top 100 winners list here!