Nominations Now Open for 2017 She Rocks Awards

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

She RocksThe Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) has announced open nominations for its annual She Rocks Awards ceremony honouring women in music, taking place Jan. 20, 2017, in Anaheim, CA during the NAMM Show.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the She Rocks Awards have honoured music professionals from all walks of the industry, including guitarist, Jennifer Batten; legendary singer-songwriter, Chaka Khan; multi-platinum artist, Colbie Caillat; Amy Heidemann of chart-topping pop duo, Karmin; Vice President of Brand Marketing at Martin Guitar, Amani Duncan; Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation, Mary Luehrsen, Latin GRAMMY award-winning artist, Gaby Moreno; legendary band The Bangles; iconic percussionist Sheila E.; Leigh Maples and Pamela Cole of Fanny’s House of Music; Experience Hendrix CEO, Janie Hendrix; Executive Vice President and CFO of the Gretsch Company, Dinah Gretsch; and many more.

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NAMM Reveals 2016 Top 100 Dealer Awards List

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Top100_DealeroftheYear_The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has announced the final selections for 2016’s Top 100 Dealer Awards. Now in its sixth year, the Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlight the very best industry retailers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods and customers, and play an important role in acting as music making ambassadors in their communities.

“The Top 100 Dealer program has certainly grown a bit since it was launched a few years ago. Our retail members who enter the competition are passionate about their businesses and really know how to tell their stories of service to their customers and their communities,” says NAMM President and CEO, Joe Lamond. “In my opinion, we owe a debt of gratitude to all our retail members, through their tireless efforts, they are providing access to music products and services which help to foster the next generation of music makers.”

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Musikmesse & Prolight+Sound Welcome 110,000 Visitors in Frankfurt

Monday, April 11th, 2016

[Photo: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera]

[Photo: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera]

Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound organizers report that nearly 110,000 people from 130 countries visited the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre in Germany over the course of the two trade shows, which took place April 4-9, 2016. This is slightly up from 108,409 who registered for the events in 2015. A total of 2,043 exhibitors from 60 countries presented at the restructured fairs. Additionally, more than 20,000 music fans attended the 50-plus concerts of the Musikmesse Festival, which was held for the first time at over 30 locations concurrently with Musikmesse.

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Registration & Housing Opens For Summer NAMM 2016

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Registration and housing is now open for Summer NAMM 2016, which will be held June 23-25 at Nashville’s Music City Center.

(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images for NAMM)

(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images for NAMM)

“Many members tell us that Summer NAMM is important to them as they plan their inventory ahead of the busy fall and holiday selling seasons,” says Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “The industry is in a prime position for growth and opportunity and we are committed to providing this affordable mid-year gathering to further the prosperity of our community music store members and the exhibitors who support their success.”

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Musikmesse Announces New Concept & Festival For 2016

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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[Photo: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Petra Welzel]

Organizers of the 2016 Musikmesse trade fair, which will be held April 7-10 in Frankfurt, Germany, are introducing new offers for retailers and distributors with the goal of strengthening the trade fair’s position as a business platform. They’ve also introduced a new thematic approach to the fair in hopes of enticing more visitor groups.

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NAMM Show Breaks Records Again in 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

[Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM]

[Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM]

The 2016 NAMM Show, held Jan. 21-24 in Anaheim, CA, welcomed a record number of exhibitors and registrants as hundreds of new-to-NAMM companies paired with an increase in global interest.

“As we look at the record number of exhibiting brands, influx of new entrepreneurial spirit and attendance from 125 countries, the industry seems poised for vital growth and breakthroughs,” says NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. “The NAMM Show is a reflection of our industry, not only where it is now, but even more importantly where it is heading next. NAMM members brought their A-game to Anaheim this week with creative, innovative, beautiful products. They also came with inquisitive minds, filling NAMM’s educational sessions all four days.”

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