Planning your Summer NAMM schedule? Attend NAMM Foundation events while in Nashville; all events are designed to be fun and interactive, so bring your energy and questions. See you there!
About Summer NAMM
Music City Center
June 28-30, 2018
Use the hashtag #SummerNAMM to join the conversation.
Note: Stay tuned for additional events as well as event details (descriptions, locations, etc).
Thursday, June 28
Smart Women in Music (SWIM) Meet
Music City Center, Room 201, Level 2
Formerly known as Women @ NAMM, founders of the SWIM Fund will be hosting a “SWIM Meet” that will serve as an excellent opportunity to connect and network with leading women in the music products industry. Come ready to dive in and connect!
American Eagle Awards
Music City Center, Davidson Ballroom
The National Music Council has announced that jazz legends Chick Corea and The Manhattan Transfer will be honored at the organization’s 35th annual American Eagle Awards on Thursday, June 28 at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The honors are presented each year in recognition of long-term contributions to American musical culture and heritage, the importance of music education and inspiration for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights both locally and globally. The event is and is open to industry members and Summer NAMM attendees. Tickets for this event are also available to the general public. For more information on schedule, location details, tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.musiccouncil.org. Proceeds from the event support the National Music Council’s music education advocacy efforts.
Friday, June 29
The NAMM Foundation-College Music Society Music Industry Leadership Forum
Music City Center, Room 201
College music faculty and music industry leaders convene for a panel discussion on creating a public-private partnership between the GenNext program at The NAMM Show and colleges and universities. Our goal is to pave the way for a smooth college-to-career transition for future music industry leaders.
SupportMusic Coalition on Coalitions for Music Education Advocacy Forum
Music City Center, Room 202AB
Speakers: Lynn Tuttle, director of Public Policy, Research, and Professional Development, National Association for Music Education (NAfME); Mark Despotakis, director of Market Development at Progressive Music; and Mary Luehrsen, director of public affairs, NAMM.
The SupportMusic Coalition on Coalitions convenes NAMM members working to advocate for Music Education at the state and local level. In an informal work-group setting, the forum will feature education policy updates, peer-to-peer sharing of best practices and state team reports. Join with NAMM members and music education colleagues working on state and local advocacy efforts for music and arts education. All are welcome. Lunch is provided. Presented by The NAMM Foundation. RSVP here.
The Guitar Forever: The Next Wave of Guitar Instruction
Music City Center, NAMM Member Center, Level 3
Speakers: Glen McCarthy, Guitar & Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA); Mary Keenan, Sr. product manager, Fender Play; students from Belmont University; Mary Luehrsen, executive director, The NAMM Foundation
For centuries, people have embarked on the life-long journey of learning to play the guitar. Join GAMA’s Glen McCarthy, guitar students from Belmont University, and The NAMM Foundation’s Executive Director, Mary Luehrsen for an interactive, cross-generational discussion on how guitar instruction has evolved over the past few decades, how it is contributing to music education in schools, and where it may be headed. Presented by The NAMM Foundation.
One Guitar is Never Enough
Music City Center, NAMM Member Center, Level 3
Speakers: Bill Ivey, american folklorist and author; Mary Luehrsen, executive director, The NAMM Foundation
Join Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation Mary Luehrsen for a light-hearted discussion with American Folklorist and Author Bill Ivey as they explore the phenomenon of why guitarists seem to have an insatiable need to collect multiple instruments. While they may not arrive at just one answer, the conversation is sure to be entertaining and may even lead you to your next guitar “find.” A guitar collector in his own right, Ivey has an impressive resume, with highlights including: former head of the National Endowment for the Arts; former director of Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; past chairman of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences; and a four-time Grammy Award nominee. Presented by The NAMM Foundation.
Top 100 After Party
Hard Rock Café
100 Broadway Street
Nashville, TN 37201
Support The NAMM Foundation and celebrate our Top 100 Dealers at an after-party featuring great music by Thomas Claxton and some surprise guests! Experience a one-of-a-kind Nashville venue on the second level of the legendary Hard Rock Cafe, complete with an outdoor patio overlooking the iconic Broadway Street. Come build relationships, hear amazing live music and help create music makers of the future. This event has limited capacity and will be first come, first served and cash-bar only!
Saturday, June 30
11 am-12 pm
Music City Center, Level 3 Lobby
Facilitator: Glen McCarthy, Guitar & Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA)
Brush up on your musical skills at the Summer NAMM guitar circle. This free group lesson taught by guitar-teaching legend, Glen McCarthy, will have you playing songs before you can say ‘EADGBE.’ Instruments supplied; no experience required. Presented by The NAMM Foundation in collaboration with the Guitar & Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA) and Fender Play.
Community Music Making (CMM) Forum
Music City Center, NAMM Member Center, Level Lobby 3
The Community Music Making (RMM) Forum at Summer NAMM is the place to be to get detailed information on how to host or support a successful Make Music Day event in your city. Hear first-hand how retailers and manufacturers with Make Music Day city organizers to maximize their participation in this world-wide celebration of music making.
Music City Center, Level Lobby 3
Facilitator: Ukulenny, KALA Brand Music Co.
Join YouTube sensation, “Ukulenny” for a free group ukulele lesson. Learn the basics, add some new tunes to your repertoire and have a ton of fun. Instruments supplied; no experience required. Presented by The NAMM Foundation in collaboration with KALA Brand Music Co.