109-Year-Old Music Products Industry Association Hosts Hundreds of Manufacturers and Retailers for Annual Summer Trade Show, Collaborates to Benefit Flood Relief, Welcomes Music Enthusiasts on Sunday, June 20
NASHVILLE, Tenn. , June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- NAMM, the 109-year-old not-for-profit trade association of the international music products industry, opened its 2010 Summer NAMM music products trade show today at the Nashville Convention Center, welcoming international music product manufacturers who will exhibit their innovations and retail buyers who will ultimately make decisions about which music products will be available to consumers in stores all over the world.
More than 11,000 music products industry professionals from 30+ countries are expected to attend 2010 Summer NAMM to view the latest musical instruments and products from more than 370 exhibiting companies, including 70 new exhibitors.
The show is expected to generate a much-needed estimated $13 million in tourism to the local economy in the wake of the recent flooding. The association has also organized ways for people to donate money and instruments to benefit local musicians and their families who suffered major losses.
NAMM is working with Next Big Nashville, American Songwriter magazine, the Nashville Musicians Association and MusiCares on a program called The BIG Gear Giveback, where NAMM vendors, gear companies and compassionate musicians can donate gear to working musicians who lost the tools of their livelihood during the flood. The association will be celebrating this effort with a special concert event featuring Megan McCormick¡ªThe Apache Relay at Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville on Friday, June 18, 2010 . All donors at the event will receive a wristband to attend the Summer NAMM trade show on Sunday, June 20 for "Wanna Play Music Sunday."
NAMM will also collaborate during the trade show with MusiCares? at its booth to host silent auctions for donated instruments to benefit the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief fund, and with the Nashville Musicians Association to host an instrument donation booth at the trade show to benefit locals who lost their own instruments during the flood.
Summer NAMM is also offering music enthusiasts the opportunity to attend the traditionally trade-only show on Sunday, June 20 for "Wanna Play Music Sunday." Designed to benefit NAMM's Wanna Play Fund, which supports music education nationwide, the trade show floor will be open to music enthusiasts for perusing the best music products the industry has to showcase.
NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).