The Summer NAMM Show returned to Music City Center in downtown Nashville last week, bringing thousands to an event there for the first time in many months. It was virtual last year, but returned July 15 – 16, 2021, with another in-person event scheduled for July 14 – 16, 2022. Hopefully, next year will bring the return of the Saturday open to the public day. Founded in 1901, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) has a mission to strengthen the music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music.
Day 1 of Summer NAMM began with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond speaking at the 2021 State of the Industry Address. The latest products were on display on the show floor and attendees explored new ideas at NAMM U and TEC Tracks. The Event Center hosted celebrations for the 37th Annual American Eagle Awards and Top 100 Dealer Awards.
Thursday’s highlight was “Cross-Cultural Issues and Solutions in the Music Industry Presented by Brian Hardgroove.” In this inspiring session, Public Enemy’s Brian Hardgroove took a deep dive into solutions to cross-cultural issues in the music industry. Glass ceilings have long inhibited the full impact of America’s diverse culture from reaching its potential. Hardgroove gave a personal approach to how we can address and reverse this trend.
The National Music Council honored iconic a cappella group Take 6, and paid tribute to music educators across America for their extraordinary service during the pandemic, at the organization’s 37th annual American Eagle Awards. The honors are presented each year in recognition of those who have made long-term contributions to American musical culture, to showcase the ideal of music education for all children, and to support the protection of creators’ rights both locally and internationally.
Dubbed the “Retail Oscars” by Music Inc. magazine, the Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights the industry’s very best music product retailers and shares their strategies for success. In addition to choosing the Top 100 Dealers, an independent panel of judges also picks winners in seven “Best of” categories, from which the prestigious “Dealer of the Year” is selected.
And the winners are: Dealer of the Year = West Music Co., Inc.; Innovation Award = Bertrand’s Music Enterprises, Inc.; Best Marketing & Sales Promotion = Dietze Music House; Music Makes a Difference = West Music Co., Inc.; Best Customer Service = Righteous Guitars, LLC; Best Online Engagement = Amro Music Stores, Inc.; Best Store Design = Cosmo Music Co, Ltd.; Best Community Retail Store = Mike Risko Music.
Day 2 of Summer NAMM was filled with new opportunities for businesses. Best in Show presented the biggest products, services and technologies. While on the show floor, the Networking Zone Presented by Reverb provided to time reconnect with colleagues. The latest trends and ideas filled a full lineup of education sessions happening at the Event Center.
Friday night, the @augspurgermonitors new MiniMaX MX65 near field main monitors were demonstrated at a special Summer Namm Aftershow Minimax Mx-65 Listening Party hosted at South x Seas Studio for Professional Audio Design Team. Pro Audio Design https://www.proaudiodesign.com is a complete resource for the audio professional. From high end commercial studios to personal/project studios, PAD can help you create and maintain a production facility designed to meet all of your needs from idea to completion.
Before the official opening of the show, “An Evening Benefiting Gibson Gives & The NAMM Foundation” was held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the brand new Gibson Garage–the must-see music mecca offering the ultimate guitar experience in the heart of downtown Nashville, in Cummins Station, 209 10th Ave S, Nashville.
In this private, invitation-only event, Gibson and The NAMM Foundation hosted an evening of live performances, cocktails & hors d’oeuvres. The opening party celebrated the success milestones and two-year anniversary of Gibson Gives–the philanthropic arm of Gibson. During the event, Gibson CEO and President James ‘JC’ Curleigh and NAMM CEO Joe Lamond held a lively discussion on a diverse range of topics including the current and future goals of the music industry.
For over 127 years, Gibson has been shaping sound across generations and genres through their guitars. Gibson, and its charitable arm Gibson Gives believe in the power of music, and that getting instruments into the hands of those with a desire to make music is a truly life-changing event. Gibson Gives is committed to making the world a better place through music by creating, developing, supporting programs, and working with other non-profit organizations, in their efforts to advance youth-focused and healing music initiatives.
In mid-2019, Gibson Gives committed to donating 1,000 guitars in 1000 days and exceeded that milestone, by donating over 2800+ guitars in 700 days. Gibson Gives believes investing in music education will yield better people, better leaders, and a better world. Gibson Gives is changing lives…one guitar at a time. For more information, visit: www.gibsongives.org.