2021 Summer NAMM Attendee FAQ

Last updated April 15, 2021

Summer NAMM is on, and we can't wait to reunite the industry in person to renew relationships and power our industry's recovery.

The show will feature an exciting format, featuring two pre-show days of industry meetings and two business-focused show days. Our retail members have stressed, now more than ever, how our industry needs to gather.

"After the 2020 roller coaster, we need the energy, the excitement, and the creative renewal we find at Summer NAMM. We don't just  want  to go to Summer NAMM; we  need  to go to Summer NAMM." 

Allen McBroom, Owner, Backstage Music  

  • What is Summer NAMM?

    Join us in Nashville, for the return of Summer NAMM, featuring a variety of activities and collaborations to gather our community with two pre-show days of industry meetings, including the co-location of the annual NASMD convention (National Association of School Music Dealers) and the AIMM Summer Summit (Alliance of Independent Music Merchants), and two business-focused show days on the show floor, Thursday, July 15 and Friday, July 16.

    Discover the latest products, experience innovative education, and reunite with your industry peers, all in Music City. While the show will look different than year’s past, we are focused on creating a safe and sensible gathering to unite our industry.

  • When is Summer NAMM?

    The Summer NAMM exhibit hall dates are Thursday, July 15, from 9 am–6 pm CT, and Friday, July 16, from 9 am–5 pm CT.

    The full schedule is as follows:

    • July 13 – NASMD (National Association of School Music Dealers) Annual Convention
    • July 14 – AIMM (Alliance of Independent Music Merchants) Summer Summit
    • July 14 – Worship Musician Summer Hang
    • July 15 – Summer NAMM Day One
    • July 15 – Top 100 Dealer Awards
    • July 16 – Summer NAMM Day Two
  • Will there be an opportunity to attend Summer NAMM virtually?

    As an industry that is based on personal relationships, we have heard from so many in our community about the need to gather in person. For this reason, we are focusing Summer NAMM as a face-to-face event to reconnect and reignite our industry.

    Select events, such as the Top 100 Dealer Awards and certain education offerings will be live streamed on namm.org. More specifics will be released in early June.

  • When will registration open?

    Badge registration is now open. 

  • When can I book my hotel?

    Hotel reservations are now open.

  • What if I need to change my hotel reservation?

    When you make your hotel reservation a two-night room and tax deposit will be charged to the credit card on file by your confirmed hotel for all reservations up to three weeks prior to arrival.  The charged deposit will be applied toward the full stay and subtracted from the hotel charge upon check out.

    *If the reservation is canceled after the fourteen (14) days prior to arrival, the two-night room and tax deposit is non-refundable.

  • Where can I learn more about other show information and policies?

    Learn more about attending Summer NAMM with our Show Information and Policies page.

  • What are other important dates for my planning?

    Stay current on all Summer NAMM and other milestones with our online calendar.

  • When will the education schedule be released?

    The education schedule is now live.

  • What types of education are you offering?

    Summer NAMM will feature sessions designed to address today’s most difficult topics across music retail, pro audio, house of worship and live event production.

    Education will be offered across multiple tracks, including NAMM Opening Sessions, NAMM U, and the TEC Tracks program.

    The full education schedule is now available.


  • When will the Top 100 Dealer Awards be held?

    The celebration of music retail will be staged at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN, on Thursday, July 15. The deadline to submit for Top 100 is April 23. Learn more about the Top 100 Dealer Awards.

  • Do I need a ticket to attend the Top 100 Dealer Awards?

    All Summer NAMM attendees are welcome to attend the annual celebration of music retail as added value to their badge. No other tickets are needed.

  • What is NAMM doing to keep guests safe?

    The health and safety of our guests are our primary concerns, and our commitment is to create a show environment you can feel comfortable attending.

    We are working closely with the city Nashville and Music City Center to enact our Safe and Sound plan, a sensible approach to reuniting our community for the first time in 18 months. Our plan will utilize the latest in event and safety techniques, focusing on a variety of dimensions to create both a productive and safe gathering.

    The Music City Center has received the Global BioRisk Advisory Council STARTM Accreditation, the gold standard for implementing the most stringent practices for cleaning and infectious disease prevention.

    The city of Nashville has also launched a new program entitled Good to Go, sharing best practices in place across the city. Music City's new hospitality safety program is designed to help residents and visitors easily identify businesses in every industry that are committed to increased health and safety measures.

    Participating businesses pledge to uphold the coronavirus guidelines established by Nashville’s Metro Public Health Department and the recommendations of leading infectious disease experts. Learn more.

  • Are there any new health considerations required to attend Summer NAMM?

    Before receiving your badge on-site and entering the show, you will be asked to acknowledge and accept the On-site Terms & Conditions, which will follow best practices in event safety, local regulations, along with guidance from leading health authorities including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control.

    The document outlines your assumption of risks, release, and waiver of liability for attending Summer NAMM, along with self-monitoring steps we will ask of all show attendees.

  • After I register, how will my personal data be utilized?

    While NAMM will never sell your data, in order to fulfill your registration and communicate opportunities to maximize your experience at Summer NAMM we will share data with official partners such as our registration and hotel providers, along with third parties that offer services you may be interested in.

    View our full Terms of Service and Privacy Notice for more information.

    Update your communication preferences any time here.

  • What is planned for the NASMD Convention?

    NASMD is excited to join Summer NAMM week. The activity will get started with a great NASMD opening party on Monday night, July 12, followed by a one-day convention on July 13 at the conveniently located 4-star Hilton Nashville Downtown. NASMD has missed you and knows how important it is for the entire industry to get together again! They have planned some great sessions with lots of space for social distancing. Start the week off learning from and networking with your fellow school music retailers and manufacturers at NASMD, July 12–13, and end strong by attending 2021 Summer NAMM, July 15–16, with all it has to offer our music industry family.

    Registration for the NASMD Convention is separate from Summer NAMM. NASMD will be sharing registration and hotel information soon.

    Visit NASMD's page to learn more.

  • Is registration for the NASMD Convention included in my Summer NAMM registration?

    Attendance to Summer NAMM and NASMD require separate registrations. There is a $100 registration fee to attend the NASMD Convention. Registration is now available for Summer NAMM.

    Registration for NASMD will open soon. Visit NASMD's page to learn more.

  • What are the international travel requirements?

    We are closely following the latest on regulations and requirements to travel to the United States. As the situation continues to evolve, please reference the following resources to prepare for your trip to Nashville. Please also check with your airline, as they be able to provide the most up-to-date details from your country of origin.