The NAMM Foundation Announces The 2019 President’s Innovation Award Recipients

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The NAMM Foundation is recognizing 69 college music students with the organization’s prestigious President’s Innovation Award. The annual award provides outstanding college music students exploring careers in music education, music business and/or music products a stipend to attend The 2019 NAMM Show, the annual global music products, pro audio and event technology tradeshow held in Anaheim California, January 24-27.

“We are proud to recognize the next-generation of leaders in music with the President’s Innovation Award,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “The NAMM Show has proven to be a catalyst for launching and advancing countless careers, and the presence of the award winners, alongside our veterans at the upcoming show will create the energy to drive our industry forward.”

Abigail Rose, a sophomore at the University of Colorado shares that attending The NAMM Show will “offer me the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals at similar stages in their educations throughout the GenNext networking events, as well as individuals who are well into their successful careers in the industry. I hope to take away a new sense of inspiration and knowledge from the panels, seminars, and relationships NAMM is going to provide me."

“I am very excited to attend the NAMM show because the business side of music is one that is often overlooked or even unknown, by students such as myself, even though it is a necessary aspect to our craft. Now, with this scholarship, I will be able to attend the convention, increase my knowledge of music and our career field that much more,” affirms Nick Sardello, a Music Education major from Texas Christian University.

At The NAMM Show, the Innovation Award winners will have the opportunity to network with established industry professionals, check out the latest music products, and participate in The NAMM Foundation’s GenNext initiative: a professional development program for college students to help jump-start their careers. Held during each day of the show, and presented in conjunction with the College Music Society, NAMM’s GenNext is open to all college and university students and provides dedicated educational sessions to help the emerging professional advance in their career.

Along with the great peer-to-peer networking and development opportunities, recipients will have access to 2,000 exhibits and over 7,000 brands on display, a variety of professional development sessions, and networking opportunities with established industry personnel to further their careers.  

Congratulations to the 2019 President’s Innovation Award recipients: 

OriAframianAppalachian State University
TylerBallengeeRadford University
AndreaBarklageAppalachian State University
KristenBerlingSanta Clara University
James AlanBlanchardFlorida State University
DevinBordenAnderson University
SheaCallahanSUNY Potsdam
BlakeClarksonEastern Kentucky University
ElizabethCollinsSUNY Potsdam
Ryan ConradCourtneyEastern Kentucky University
OliviaCrowleyHofstra University
AliciaDavisIndiana State University
MarliDelaneyHofstra University
PaulDougallSUNY Potsdam
ThomasDraperSUNY Potsdam
JoshuaFariaBakersfield College
AbramFernandezUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
HannahFortonValparaiso University
John LewisFowlerThe New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Matthew JamesGarzaFresno City College
Luke StephenGrayAnderson University
StevenGuzowskiAntelope Valley College
JoeHarringtonUniversity of Massachusetts Boston
Logan SethHeafnerAppalachian State University
JackHerscowitzMiddlebury College
WilliamHicksWestern Illinois University
JiawenHuangGeorgia Institute of Technology
JulianaJohnsonValparaiso University
Anna CatherineJonesValparaiso University
JacobJulianUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
JuliannaKeenanTemple University
LukaKeilWestern Illinois University
MichaelKlassenFresno City College
StephanieLandinoMillersville University
DrewLaneFront Range Community College
Hayley AnnLeigebEastern Kentucky University
KelianLiGeorge Mason University
BriannaLinhardtSUNY Potsdam
DavidLittonBakersfield College
VictorMachinUniversity of North Texas
AlexaManiSUNY Potsdam
DanielMarroSUNY Potsdam
SiavashMassoudiFresno City College
ChaseMcLaughlinSUNY Potsdam
ReanneMelhornEastern Kentucky University
ColeMitchellRadford University
JoelNelsonEastern Kentucky University
KyleNeulsSUNY Oneonta
EmmaNicolettiSUNY Potsdam
FionaO'BrienRadford University
AbigailOrsbornUC Denver
RyanOttSUNY Potsdam
LucasPaysonMillersville University, Class
GabrielleRickettsIndiana State University
Joshua ChristopherRussoHerkimer College
DaniaSanchezPMI Spain
NicholasSardelloTexas Christian University
AlanaScaglioniUniversity of Toledo
KoleShudaWestern Illinois University
DiegoSilvaTexas Tech University
IanStepanovich SuhovyFresno City College
MatthewSubersMillersville University
TianaThakurWestern Illinois University
JoseTorresBakersfield College
MatthewTursiHofstra University
CharlesVaughtRadford University
Benjamin DonaldWatsonAnderson University
RebeccaWilcoxWestern Illinois University
YifeiYuGeorgia Institute of Technology