News Releases

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, today released Music USA 2004: International Edition, the association’s annual statistical review of the music products industry. For the first time, the publication has expanded to include five regions from around the globe: Australia, Canada, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, announced today that Luke Veronda of Kankakee, Ill., is the recipient of the 2004–2005 William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, established in the name of former NAMM Executive Vice President Gard, invests in the education of promising students interested in contributing their talents to the music products industry.

The International Foundation for Music Research (IFMR) announced $232,404 in new grants today, continuing the organization’s mission to fund scientific research exploring the relationship between hands-on music making and human development. The new grants were awarded to worthy scientific projects whose outcomes could ultimately be used to defend school music programs, create more music makers and increase demand for music products.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, will host the Fifth Global Economic Summit of the Music Products Industry, August 25–28, 2004, in Carlsbad, Calif. Every three years, NAMM hosts a group of key industry leaders, media and advisers to explore emerging markets, reinforce global relationships and share different visions of the path to long-term, sustainable industry growth.

In recognition of his long and successful record as a clinician, author, composer, college band director, consultant, adjudicator and an advocate for music, the American Music Conference (AMC) has honored Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser with its annual Henry Grossman Lifetime Director Award. The presentation took place during the Music and Sound Expo in Minneapolis, Minn., in mid-April.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, recently announced that The Music Edge Fastest Drummer Program is now available for NAMM Member retailers to host in their stores and communities. The program is set up to help store owners create new music makers in local markets, enhance interest in drumming and build store traffic through the presentation of two in-store contests: the Battle of the Hands™ and the Battle of the Feet™.

In a victory for school music education programs across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H. CON. RES. 380 recognizing the benefits and importance of school-based music education. The resolution was read on the floor of the House on May 4, 2004, at 7:04 Eastern Time and covered on cable television by C-SPAN.

NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, is looking for back issues of The Music Trades, MMR, Music Inc. and Music & Sound Retailer magazines to complete its set. NAMM’s Resource Center keeps a comprehensive archive of photos, press clippings and video interviews to document the history of the music products industry for use by NAMM Members and the Museum of Making Music.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, is currently preparing to host the music products industry once again in Nashville, Tenn., at the group’s annual Summer Session trade show (July 23–25, 2004). Last year, retailers and manufacturers of musical instruments and products looking for strong third and fourth quarter sales turned to the Summer Session for new ideas and energy, with many crediting their show experience for the improved results in the second half of the year.

NAMM University expanded its regional professional development courses with the addition of “Real World Sales III—Selling to Today's Customers,” held throughout April in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City.