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NAMM, the International Music Products Association, began the second day of its 2003 Summer Session today with live music in the Gaylord Entertainment Center lobby. Chapman Stick virtuoso Greg Howard performed jazz, rock and original solo compositions for attendees who were waiting for the show floor to open. Many of these show-goers also caught some live music the night before when Gretsch presented the Brian Setzer Trio at the annual Wildhorse Saloon party co-hosted by Fender and NAMM.

The conclusion of this year’s Summer Session signified a change of leadership for NAMM, the International Music Products Association, with Paul Heid of Heid’s Music in Appleton, Wis., becoming the association’s 72nd chairman*.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, today kicked off its 2003 NAMM Summer Session, which drew an international crowd of music products industry professionals—manufacturers, buyers and media—to the Nashville Convention Center and adjoining Gaylord Entertainment Center.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, and Yamaha today awarded a check for $330,000 to NAMM’s nonprofit charities benefiting from The 2003 NAMM Concert Honoring Sir Elton John, presented by Yamaha.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, today released the 2003 version of Music USA, the association’s annual statistical review of the musical instruments and products industry, as thousands gathered in Nashville, Tenn., for the start of NAMM’s 2003 Summer Session trade show.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, today announced four potential cities in contention to host the 2005 Summer Session trade show. In addition to Nashville, Tenn., the show’s home for the past 11 years, the list of contending cities includes: Austin, Texas; Indianapolis, Ind. and Washington D.C.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association and GE Retail Sales Finance today launched a new program to help retail Members sell more music products and build greater customer loyalty and repeat business. NAMM's new Music Money Platinum Card™ program lets retailers put a store-branded, music-specific credit card in the hands of customers looking for additional purchasing power. The Music Money Platinum Card comes with some great dealer benefits, including:

MENC, the National Association for Music Education, today announced plans to work with long-time partner NAMM, the International Music Products Association, to produce the exhibition portion of the organization’s 2004 National Conference. The “Music and Sound Expo” will be held April 16–18, 2004 in Minneapolis, Minn. The new partnership was created to serve the membership of both groups while further unifying educators, the music products industry and the music-making public.

More than 30 retail owners and managers from around the Midwest recently attended NAMM University’s Retail Operations Camp, presented by the Friedman Group’s Norby Rudel. Although the valuable two-day seminar typically costs $795, NAMM University students were able to participate for only $245.

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, announced today that Jacob Woodall of Bassett, Va., is the recipient of the 2003–2004 William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, established in the name of former NAMM Executive Vice President William R. Gard, invests in the education of promising students interested in contributing their talents to the music products industry.