NAMM GenNext

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The 2018 NAMM Show

January 25-28, 2018, in Anaheim, California

About GenNext

Each January college music students and music faculty members are invited to attend the The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. This music industry event is the largest music products trade show in the U.S. and, as a result, has been the industry trend-setter in unveiling cutting-edge technologies; creating household product names; showcasing emerging brands; and uniting every segment—large and small—in the music products industry.

While The NAMM Show is open to the music trade only, college music students and music faculty members are eligible to attend The NAMM Show by registering for The NAMM Foundation’s nationally renowned GenNext program. GenNext is a collaboration between The NAMM Foundation and The College Music Society (CMS) that brings college music students and music faculty members exclusive programming and access not available to the general public. If you are seeking a career in the music products industry, you won’t want to miss your opportunity to experience all that The NAMM Show has to offer those looking to have careers in the music or music products industry.

College music students and music faculty members are invited to connect with—and learn from—The NAMM Show’s global audience made up of the world’s most influential industry decision-makers, including independent music retailers, pro audio manufacturers, distributors, sales reps, engineers from recording studios, developers of gaming and apps, houses of worship, touring, theater and entertainment companies, as well as venue buyers looking for stage, lighting and event solutions.

Who Participates

To qualify for this exclusive NAMM Show opportunity, you must fit into one of the categories:

Current college music students studying music, music business, music technology or music education.
College-level music faculty members.

Registration

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the world’s largest music products trade show and network with peers and industry leaders at The 2018 NAMM Show. Please read instructions on how to register prior to registering The 2018 NAMM Show (see below).

Reg cost = $25
Reg cost after the deadline = $50
Reg deadline = January 10 at 11:59 pm Pacific

Registration Instructions

Please read these instructions prior to registering The 2018 NAMM Show.

  1. To begin registration, click here, and “Start New Registration.”
  2. When asked, “Are you a current NAMM member,” select “No.” When asked, “Does your organization manufacture, distribute or sell products/services,” select “no.”
  3. Fill out the reg form with your contact information.
  4. Students: Use this code to purchase your $25 badge: NS18GNN. Faculty: Use this code to purchase your $25 badge: NS18GNFN
  5. When asked, “Which professional community reflects the industry in which you work most” select, “Student or Educator.”

  **Student ONLY should follow step #6.
  6. When asked, "Please select which title most closely reflects your job function," select "College Music Student" or "Audio    Student" and provide your faculty's name and email.

Once completed, you will receive an email letting you know of your pending badge registration. Within a few business days you will receive a badge confirmation via email that includes a barcode to be used to pick up your badge on site.

Housing

Housing for GenNext attendees is now open. Reserve your hotel accommodations for The 2018 NAMM Show now at NAMM's special discounted rates.

GenNext Programming 

GenNext programming includes:

  • Access to The 2018 NAMM Show floor, with more than 2,000 music products exhibitors, and 7,000 global product brands
  • GenNext/CMS educational sessions presented by experts in their fields.
  • The NAMM Foundation’s Grand Rally for Music Education
  • The Sandy Feldstein Industry Roundtable where music industry professionals share pathways to career success
  • Other events to attend: concerts on the Grand Plaza, educational sessions at the Idea Center and TEC Tracks

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

GenNext College Music Society (CMS) Sessions
10:15 am – 3:10 pm
Hilton Anaheim, Level 4

College music students and faculty are invited to attend sessions presented by The NAMM Foundation and curated by The College Music Society (CMS) as part of the GenNext program at The NAMM Show. GenNext sessions offer professional development and valuable opportunities for students to explore careers in the music industry; for faculty to network with industry professionals; and for both students and faculty to attend special events catered to the college music crowd.

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

GenNext/ College Music Society (CMS) Sessions
8:30 am – 1:25 pm
Hilton Anaheim, Level 4

College music students and faculty are invited to attend sessions presented by The NAMM Foundation and curated by The College Music Society (CMS) as part of the GenNext program at The NAMM Show. GenNext sessions offer professional development and valuable opportunities for students to explore careers in the music industry; for faculty to network with industry professionals; and for both students and faculty to attend special events catered to the college music crowd.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

The Grand Rally for Music Education
9:30 – 11 am
Anaheim Hilton, Level 2, Cal Ballroom C/D

The Grand Rally for Music Education is a salute to music educators everywhere! Special guests to be announced soon.

The Sandy Feldstein Industry Roundtable
4 - 5pm
Hilton Anaheim, Level 2, Cal Ballroom C/D

NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond hosts a panel of industry professionals. The roundtable discussion will feature stories, information and perspectives about what it takes to pursue and succeed in a career in music. This event is dedicated to SUNY Potsdam alumnus and long-time music industry icon Sandy Feldstein.

GenNext Faculty Mixer
5:30-7 pm
Hilton, Anaheim, Vista Lounge, 14 Floor

The NAMM Foundation invites college music faculty to a special GenNext networking reception to show our appreciation for all that you do to cultivate the next generation of music makers and industry professionals. Enjoy beer, wine, and light appetizers on us. This invitation in non-transferable. RSVP today to Claire Kreger-Boaz at ClaireK@namm.org.

Why Attend? Past Participants Share

“My experience at NAMM was life changing. Through NAMM I landed an internship with D'Addario.” - Jon Giroux

“Everything I knew about the music products industry was shattered—in a good way.” - Rebecca Scholldorf

"The experience is life changing for students, as they see firsthand the impact of the music products industry, music education and the health benefits of music-making in general." - Courtney Blankenship

Questions?
For more information about GenNext at The NAMM Show, please contact Claire Kreger-Boaz.

NAMM President's Innovation Award

The NAMM President’s Innovation Award supports individuals who are enrolled in college and university music and/or music business programs and are preparing for careers in the music products industry. The Innovation Award seeks to support individuals who express commitment and aptitude for business leadership and innovation in the music products industry.

Cash awards of $600 are given once a year and one-time-only to selected undergraduate and graduate students to support travel needs and expenses to attend The NAMM Show, the annual global music products trade show in Anaheim, Calif. in January. Awardees will participate in professional development offerings and have access to more than 1,800 exhibits at this global music products trade show.

Applicants:

  • Must be enrolled for the summer or fall 2017 semester in a university-based music business, music education and/or music technology program
  • Must be able to prove with a spring 2017 college transcript-interest in and achievement in studying both music and business-related courses and have an overall 3.0 or higher grade point average
  • Must be scheduled to be enrolled full-time in college at the time of The 2018 NAMM Show and through the winter/spring semester.

Review the entire Guidelines here. The deadline to apply has closed. Applicants will be notified in early November.

Congratulations to last year's recipients!