NAMM Hits High Note

Monday, January 30th, 2012

NAMM has announced the final registration and exhibitor numbers for its 2012 trade show in Anaheim, running this year from January 19-22. At show close, NAMM reported 95,709 registered attendees, a 6 per cent increase from last year and representing a new record for the 110-year-old show. International registration also experienced a 15 per cent increase from last year to 11,981. The association previously reported strong exhibitor numbers, with 1,441 exhibitors at this year’s show, including 236 new exhibitors.

“Once again the NAMM Show served as the crossroads for musical instrument and live sound products manufacturers, retailers, and their guests from all over the world,” says NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. “We are extremely grateful to all of the NAMM Members, music educators, artists, partners, and media who made this 110th NAMM Show a resounding success for the industry and a great start to 2012.”

“The show was noticeably better in attendance this year,” says Rick Young, Yamaha Corporation of America. “We were consistently packed Thursday through Saturday and Sunday was better than in many of the last years. We had a good array of new products to show our dealers and everyone was upbeat and hopeful. Now that we have the manufacturers and retailers excited, we have one more important group to get excited, and that is consumers.”

Themed “Make It Count,” this year’s NAMM Show focused on innovation in the form of apps and technology products designed to make playing music more accessible and easier for consumers.

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