Nonprofit Networking Opportunities

“Thanks to the opportunities afforded at the semi-annual NAMM shows we have seen our network of friends, partners and fellow non-profit associates grow beyond what would have been otherwise possible. These new relationships have enabled Guitars For Vets to increase substantially its ability to offer the healing power of music to our Veterans nationwide.” - Bernie Kampf, National Chapter Coordinator, Guitars For Vets


Each winter and spring, selected nonprofits gather in Anaheim, Ca, and Nashville, TN, to participate in the unique networking opportunities that are The 2018 NAMM Show and Summer NAMM. 

Nonprofit organizations attending winter NAMM shows via The NAMM Foundation Nonprofit Network are invited to participate in the Nonprofit Management Institute (see below).

Who Participates

Nonprofit organizations that advance active participation in music making (and create music makers) are encouraged to apply. Approved nonprofit organizations agree that their representatives will not: 

  • Solicit NAMM Member companies for product, services or financial contributions while at The NAMM Show
  • Share exhibit space with an exhibiting company
  • Host or solicit participation in separate events or activities conducted at The NAMM Show that support or promote your organization without first obtaining written approval from The NAMM Foundation


Nonprofits who are approved to attend The NAMM Show will receive:

  • An allotment of 2 complimentary badges as well as the opportunity to purchase more for $25 each
  • A listing on and The NAMM Show app
  • Access to nonprofit professional development (see the Nonprofit Management Institute below), and
  • An invitation to attend a nonprofit networking reception

The Nonprofit Management Institute

Nonprofit representatives who attend the show will have access to educational sessions a part of the Nonprofit Management Institute, which offers professional development to organizations. See the event schedule for The 2018 NAMM Show, here

Attendees who attend all nonprofit sessions will receive a certificate of completion from The NAMM Foundation, and their organization name listed on The NAMM Foundation website.

Educational Sessions
Examples of session topics a part of the Nonprofit Management Institute include: governance and strategic direction, program development, fundraising and development, and social media strategies.

Requirements to Receive a Certificate of Completion
Attendance at all five nonprofit sessions.
Submit an online essay within 5 days of The NAMM Show describing what you learned and how it might be applied to your work. 

2018 Summer NAMM

Dates & Location

June 28-30, 2018
Music City Center · Nashville, TN

Show Hours

Thursday, June 28: 10 am–6 pm
Friday, June 29: 10 am–6 pm
Saturday, June 30: 10 am–4 pm

Apply to Attend

Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply, using the form below.
Deadline for your organization to apply to attend: May 20, 2018.


Organizations selected will receive access to the show floor and an allotment of 2 complimentary badges as well as the opportunity to purchase more for $25 each. Once registration is completed, badges will be available for individual pickup at one of several Will Call desks on show site.

Deadline to register for comped badges: May 31, 2018.
Need additional badges? Deadline to register for $25 badges: 6/13/18. After 6/13, badges increase to $50. 

The 2019 NAMM Show

Dates & Location

January 24-27, 2019
Anaheim Convention Center · Anaheim, CA

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the world’s largest music products trade show and network with peers and industry leaders at The 2019 NAMM Show. Contact us to receive The NAMM Foundation’s monthly Nonprofit e-newsletter (Sept-Feb) which includes registration information, NAMM Show events and updates.

The 2018 NAMM Show

Dates & Location

January 25-28, 2018
Anaheim Convention Center · Anaheim, CA


Looking for Nonprofit Management Institute events at The 2018 NAMM Show? View here. You can also view a PDF of The NAMM Show Event Guide to see all NAMM Show events.

Listen to Nonprofit Management Institute sessions (audio files only), here:

Thursday, Jan. 25
12 pm: Nonprofit Roundtable, Building a Foundation through Governance and Strategic Direction
1 pm: Nonprofit Roundtable, Program Development, Documentation and Assessment 

Friday, Jan. 26
12 pm: Nonprofit Roundtable, If Only I Had Another Thousand Dollars - Fundraising and Development
1 pm: Nonprofit Roundtable, Telling the World Using Technology and Social Media 

Saturday, Jan. 27
1 pm: Nonprofit Roundtable, Best Practices from The NAMM Foundation Grantees


Nonprofit Network
NAMM Foundation Events (highlights)
NAMM Show Events (All)


Read: Organizations Convene at the First Annual Nonprofit Management Institute to Share Best Practices at The 2018 NAMM Show 
Read: Until Next Time! Thanks for Attending The 2018 NAMM Show

Nonprofits Approved To Attend

View nonprofit organizations approved to attend the show, here.

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For more information about attending Summer NAMM or The 2019 NAMM Show via the Nonprofit Network, please contact Jessica Cortez.


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