Summer Session 2003 Closes with Record Attendance and Optimistic Outlook for Second Half of 2003

July 21, 2003

NAMM’s 11th Summer Session in Nashville came to a close today after three action-filled days of commerce, artist appearances and educational seminars. At the close of the show, NAMM, the International Music Products Association, reported a 2 percent increase in registered attendance, setting another all-time record for the summer trade show.

At the show, both buyers and exhibitors displayed a strong sense of optimism about the second half of 2003.

“This is our first time at the Summer Session,” said Rick Robbins, a buyer from Robbins Music in Louisville, Kentucky. “After being here and seeing all the great products and attending the informative seminars, I know we’ll be back every year.”

“We’re going home happy,” said Andy Rossi, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Fender. “Although the overall economy may be struggling, things are looking bright for Fender and our dealers.”

“We are gratified that so many of our Members had a successful show experience,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM. “It’s a privilege for the NAMM staff to serve the music products industry in this way. At the same time, our Members can be proud to know that the proceeds from these events help us achieve our mission to unify, lead and strengthen the industry and create more active music makers.”

Preparations are already underway for the 2004 NAMM Show, the industry’s next gathering, which will be held January 15–18, 2004, in Anaheim, Calif. Hotel and badge forms will be mailed to NAMM Members in September.