If you’ve never had the opportunity to go to the NAMM Show, you really need to get along to Music Industry Day at Summer NAMM in Nashville. While NAMM is closed to the public, this is a unique once-a-year opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, smells (mmm, new guitar smell…) and networking opportunities the event offers. Here’s some info:
PRESS RELEASE: NAMM opens its doors to musicians, songwriters, and sound and recording professionals during Music Industry Day, Saturday, July 11 from 10AM-4PM at Nashville’s Music City Center. Music Industry Day offers a once-a-year opportunity to demo new music instruments and products, attend workshops, enjoy live performances, and network with industry leaders at Summer NAMM, an exclusive, trade-only event. Tickets are available now for $10 in advance, $20 at the door.
Music Industry Day will feature acoustic sets by Dustin Lynch, Louisa Wendorff, Tony Lucca, and Sabrina Lentini on the NAMM Acoustic Nation Stage. Crooner Lynch hit Billboard’s No. 1 Top Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut then followed up with “Where It’s At (Yep Yep),” a successful single that became a summertime anthem. Singer-songwriter Tony Lucca received national attention as a runner up on NBC’s The Voice and has enjoyed a thriving career on the live touring circuit with several top musicians such as Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5. A social media star buoyed by one very “obsessed” fan on Twitter (Taylor Swift), Louisa Wendorff is known for her wildly popular mashups of hit songs, which receive millions of views.
The 32nd Annual American Eagle Awards, presented by the National Music Council, bring major star power to Music Industry Day. This year’s awards honor the life-long musical contributions of Charley Pride, Kris Kristofferson, Jim Lauderdale, Jim Halsey, Sherman Halsey and Nashville’s Music Makes Us. The event takes place from 12-1 p.m. in the Music City Center’s Davidson Ballroom with live performances by Rosanne Cash, Jack Ingram, Charley Pride, Jim Halsey and The Oak Ridge Boys.
In addition to musical instrument and product demos from more than 1,600 music product brands, Music Industry Day will feature workshops designed to bolster careers in music. Workshops developed in partnership with NewBay media include An Interview with Hit Songwriter Tom Shapiro, who has penned nearly sixty top 10 hits, The Insider’s World of Hit Songwriting, moderated by award-winning singer-songwriter Thornton Cline, and 10 Tips for Killer Guitar Tone and The Pedal Summit, must-attend sessions for guitarists, bassists and gearheads alike.
In the afternoon, attendees are welcome to join Kala and REMO-sponsored ukulele and drum circles in the lobby. Full performance, workshop and event info can be found online: https://www.namm.org/summer/2015/music-industry-day/events
Music Industry Day passes can be picked up on level 2 of the Music City Center, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 11. Tickets are $10 online in advance, $20 on the day of the event. Learn more and buy tickets at namm.org/musicindustryday.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,900 member companies located in 102
countries. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation’s efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.