On Thursday, during the opening day of the 2015 NAMM Show, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the NAMM Foundation, and several top musicians will jointly unveil research on student achievement within PCAH’s groundbreaking Turnaround Arts program. This will take place from on 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (PST). The Turnaround Arts initiative is a PCAH program, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council, to help turn around low-performing schools, narrow the achievement gap, and increase student engagement through the arts.
The NAMM Foundation has announced 10 historic musical and sound inventions ranging from 1947 through 2000 will be inducted to its 10th annual TECnology Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.The awards will be presented by the NAMM MUSEUM of Making Music and hosted by veteran pro-audio journalist George Petersen.
“The inductees for the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame cover an exceedingly wide range of breakthrough inventions that date back 135 years, to the very roots of audio reproduction,” says George Petersen, NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame chairman. “Interestingly, most of the products selected for this year are still in active use and are even considered classics, which says a lot about the lasting power of these innovations.”
NAMM members are bringing music to Anaheim’s John Marshall Elementary School with a day of service on Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon. The effort celebrates the Anaheim City School District’s (ACSD) re-introduction of music education programs. Assisted by the NAMM Foundation and Metro Nashville Public School’s “Music Makes Us,” ACSD re-initiated its music education program with an orchestra program in 2013. The district added three full-time music teachers in 2014 – the first music teachers in the district in 20 years. During the day of service, the NAMM Foundation will donate $5,000 and 12 guitars to bolster the district’s budding music programs.
In 2015, each month we will feature a different segment of our industry represented in the Oral History Program. Band instrument repair technicians are the featured segment for January! Relying on our strong connection with NAPBIRT (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians), we have been working to capture the pioneers, mentors or innovators within this important element of our industry. As a result, we have collected several dozen interviews with repair techs over the years, including Chuck Kessler (pictured) of Kessler & Sons Music in Las Vegas, who was interviewed last week. Thanks to the many NAPBIRT friends who have helped us grow this area within our Oral History Collection!
On Monday, Dec. 8 a fundraiser concert will be held for Lawrence Shryane at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. For many years Lawrence worked hard putting together and organizing concerts in Toronto but recently had to stop. Due to a series of serious medical complications over the past couple of years, he is unable to do what he knows and loves.
With the loss of income, the bills are now well beyond what he and his family can afford. It’s tough enough to face financial crisis as an independent contractor, but it is almost unimaginable to have to face that while going through a life changing medical crisis as well. We had all been hoping he would turn the corner and get well enough that he could resume duties in the production world, but he needs his friends and supporters now more than ever.
Kid Rasta and the Peacemakers
Rebel Emergency (reunion)
The holidays are a popular time of year for playing holiday-themed music in public places, but that doesn’t mean everyone feels the same about it. Thirty-six per cent of Canadians have left a store because of the music being played, and 29 per cent have stayed in a store due to it, reveals the latest Holiday Music Survey from SOCAN. The poll, which was conducted by SOCAN with Leger Intelligence Group, strongly suggests that music can have a dramatic impact on consumer’s holiday shopping experience.
In addition to how customers behave while in a store, music also gets them in the mood to shop. Nearly half (33 per cent) of Canadians say that hearing holiday music – either in stores or on the radio – reminds them that it’s time to pick up gifts.