North America’s largest musical products event, the NAMM Show, once again took over the Anaheim Convention Center from Jan. 19-22, 2017, and this year it continued its expansion into the pro audio market. Overall, 7,000 brands were represented by the record 1,779 exhibiting companies. There was also a two per cent growth in new exhibiting brands over last year. Overall show registration increased, primarily the result of member company badge allocations, by five per cent to 106,928 from 2016.
Previously called the Canadian DJ Show, it is now being branded as the CDJ Show, as show co-founder Ryan Schroeyens told CMT following this year’s event that “we’re going more centred towards CDJ Show and that will continue to evolve as we continue to see more music industry—record labels, producers, and songwriters – become involved in the conference.”
The 2017 NAMM Show will offer a wide variety of events and concerts across the NAMM Campus at the Anaheim Convention Center from Jan. 19-22, 2017. Organizers have offered the following sampling of what to expect with more updates coming as the show nears, including the unveiling of special guests.
The Grand Plaza
The NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage is the epicenter of the NAMM Campus, with food trucks, daytime performances and evening events throughout the show.
The show map for The 2017 NAMM Show has been released. The expansive NAMM Campus centred around the Anaheim Convention Center showcases thousands of brands across music products, pro audio, live sound, lighting and entertainment technology, and is complete with a series of lounges, demo areas, and meeting space.
Specialty areas include Lounge 88, a serene piano and organ gallery, The Boutique Guitar Showcase: a curated collection of some of outique instrument makers, The Venue, spotlighting DJ, lighting, entertainment technology, and Software.NAMM, the music software community presented by NAMM and IMSTA.
The third annual IMSTA FESTA Toronto show will head back to Ryerson University on Saturday Oct. 15, 2016. Presented by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA), the IMSTA FESTA events are held annually in Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles and showcase the latest music-making and production technologies as well as educational seminars and keynotes speeches and Q&As.
This free IMSTA FESTA event is open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators. The day-long event will feature panels, workshops and master classes, demonstrations and more. Organizers say their aim is to host industry experts in an environment where music-makers can network, interact, and learn with them face-to-face.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has announced Visa Assist, a new support program designed to help international members of the pro audio and music products industry attend and conduct business at the 2017 NAMM Show. The new program aims to offer helpful guidance for international attendees and to streamline the visa acquisition process.