News Releases

The NAMM TEC Committee is pleased to announce pioneer and bassist extraordinaire Carol Kaye as the recipient of this year’s Les Paul Innovation Award alongside top hitmaker, producer, and performer, Peter Asher, who will be inducted to the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame.

The National Association of Music Merchants is pleased to announce the list of independent music product retailers to be honored at the organization's Top 100 Dealer Awards. Now in its twelfth year, the annual awards honor retailers worldwide who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods, and customers and share in a vision of creating a more musical world through their local communities.

World’s Largest Annual Music Celebration to Include Special Events in New York City, Nashville, and for the Very First Time, Atlanta Make Music Day, the global celebration of music held annually on the summer solstice, today announced that this year’s vast program will observe the festival’s 40th anniversary and feature a full return to in-person events, with more than 5,000 live, free music-making events held nationwide on Tuesday, June 21.

To offer continued stability for the global industry association in anticipation of the retirement of NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond in spring 2023, the NAMM Executive Committee has retained the firm of Russell Reynolds Associates in the search for the association’s next Chief Executive Officer.

As schools across the nation regain their cadence with the return to in-person learning and the reduction in mandates, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation is pleased to celebrate the list of Best Communities for Music Education (BCME).

For emerging college music students and faculty, K-12 music teachers and administrators, and nonprofit leadership, signature programs and events of The NAMM Foundation will return to The 2022 NAMM Show, June 3-5 in Anaheim, California.

Women of NAMM (WON) is pleased to announce six recipients of its annual NAMM Show scholarship: Hailey Canfield, Dietze Music; Alia DiLullo, Gator Co.; Tamara Freethy, Cosmo Music; Kristi Noble, Quinlan and Fabish Music; Jessica Palmer, West Music/Music ConstructED; and Mandy Stertz, Pecknel Music Company.

The Bernice Ash Memorial Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce the first two recipients of its award, Kwanté Greenidge, General Manager of Sam Ash Music - Brooklyn and Anna Nguyen, Digital Marketing Analyst at Yamaha Corporation of America.

Music Hackspace, The MIDI Association, and NAMM are proud to announce that submissions are now open for the 2022 MIDI Innovation Awards, a showcase for music innovation using MIDI. MIDI has been at the center of music technology innovation since 1983, and MIDI 2.0 is poised to repeat MIDI 1.0’s global success in the decades to come. To further MIDI’s development and artistic impact, the second edition of the MIDI Innovation Awards continues to acknowledge MIDI innovation.

NAMM’s Museum of Making Music and The NAMM Show (June 3-5) are pleased to welcome “Les Paul Thru the Lens,” an exclusive traveling gallery of photos highlighting the life and career of music industry icon, inventor, and musician Les Paul.