NAMM Nudges Winter Gathering to June, Citing Pandemic Challenges

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The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is delaying its winter show to June, when the music trade show will be held in-person at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The show, where exhibitors showcase the latest in music gear and technology, was originally scheduled for Jan. 20-23 of next year. But according to a press release, concerns over the pandemic, new product development, available in-store inventory and travel restrictions led organizers to move the show to June 3-5. The new event, called The NAMM Show, will combine its winter and summer conferences, the latter usually held in Nashville.

“The industry has not stopped evolving and innovating during the pandemic, and The NAMM Show is evolving as well,” NAMM president/CEO Joe Lamond said. “As the health and safety of our members remains top of mind, and after carefully listening to companies here in the U.S. and around the world, the new dates will help members maximize their opportunities and accelerate what has arguably been a transformative time both in new products and in how they come to market.”

Like many conferences, NAMM hasn’t had an in-person event since pre-pandemic. NAMM’s last in-person conference in January 2020 was its largest in history, welcoming more than 115,000 members and industry professionals and more than 7,000 brands. It included 350 professional development sessions, as well as live events, networking opportunities and nightly concerts.

Ahead of the in-person event, NAMM will host the global livestreamed event “Believe in Music” on January 21, 2022, offering professional development sessions, trainings and other events for industry leaders, educators and creators. The event builds off Believe in Music week this past January, which raised nearly $500,000 for a selection of music-focused charities.

Find more information and reserve tickets for the rescheduled NAMM Show here.


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