Multi-Media Exploration of Music’s Significance Comes to NAMM Museum of Making Music

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

WMMTMCombining moving testimonials, original photographs and audience participation, the NAMM Museum of Making Music unveils “What Music Means to Me” its most personal and interactive exhibit yet. Inspired by Richard Rejino’s multifaceted project of the same name, “What Music Means to Me” opens up a channel where music makers—amateur, accomplished or aspiring—can communicate the power of music in their lives. Patrons are invited to view, listen and contribute to the experiential exhibition, which opens on December 12, 2014 and runs through August 2015.

“We were interested in creating an exhibition around Rejino’s work because it shines a light on the core purpose of our work at the Museum of Making Music,” says Museum executive director Carolyn Grant. “We believe that music-making matters, that it is significant to the human experience. This unique exhibit illustrates that music-making offers direct access to expression through sound. Through music, we can connect at a very deep level with life–from the everyday happenings of our existence, to life’s beauty, sorrow, hopes, or simply the unnameable.”


100 Years Old and Still Inspiring the Industry!

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Leo Beranek

This bit of inspiration comes courtesy of NAMM’s Oral History department:

How about a little inspiration for those who feel kind of “old” when waking up some mornings? Leo Beranek (interview class of 2011) attended the Acoustical Society of America’s 168th Meeting in Indianapolis last month where he presented two papers. The topics were “Reciprocity—A Method to Calibrate Microphones and Earphones” and “Recent Research in Concert Hall Design.” Fellow presenter Michael Pettersen (interview class of 2005) reported the papers sparked a great discussion among the attendees. Dr. Beranek (pictured) turned 100 in September and shows no signs of slowing down! I hope this gives you a little more energy—at least enough to get you to the weekend!


NAMM Foundation-Funded Research Makes Case for Music Education in The Wall Street Journal

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

WSJA recent article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “A Musical Fix for American Schools” quotes four major, NAMM Foundation-funded research projects and provides a strong argument for music education. From that article…

A Musical Fix for American Schools

Research shows that music training boosts IQ, focus and persistence

By Joanne Lipman

American education is in perpetual crisis. Our students are falling ever farther behind their peers in the rest of the world. Learning disabilities have reached epidemic proportions, affecting as many as one in five of our children. Illiteracy costs American businesses $80 billion a year.


Introducing the CMT Book of the Month

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

retail truthsEach month Music Books Plus and Canadian Music Trade will highlight a different book to share with our fans. These books will be full of value, advice, and help kick start, jump, and advance your business.

This month, we recommend reading, Retail Truths: The Unconventional Wisdom of Retailing, which is a collection of more than 400 street-smart lessons on retailing that Chip Averwater has gathered from his own experience in business, as well as from his mentors and retailer friends.


Attend the Free “Self Promotion 101″ Seminar at IMSTA FESTA with CMT Publisher Jim Norris

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

TO_hoverAt the upcoming IMSTA FESTA show on Sept. 6 in Toronto, Canadian Musician Publisher Jim Norris will be giving a free seminar that will show you how to promote your band, your business, or your career. Learn insider, no B.S. tips that you can put into practice the next day.

At Self Promotion 101, you will learn:

– How to develop a product, service or act that everybody wants
– How to price yourself and be competitive
– Where to locate your business, your band or yourself and how to discover new markets
– How to use all the best tools available to get the word out
– How to prevail and outlast all your competition

Saturday, September 6, 4:00 PM at IMSTA FESTA, Ryerson School of Media, Toronto

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NAMM Releases New Oral History Interviews

Friday, August 8th, 2014

namm oralNAMM has added five new interviews to its extensive Oral History collection.

In this round of interviews, Ray Stevens (pictured) spoke about the “streak” that is his career as a songwriter and music publisher. Albert Lee told the association about his career along with his connections with the industry, and Jeff Greenberg, the owner of The Village recording studio, covered the rich history of his Santa Monica based studio. A special group of retailers including Connie Smith, and Kevin and Art Hedley were each interviewed about their store’s history, as well as their current focus within their businesses.

To view all the NAM Oral History interviews, go to