The 2018 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center once again brought members of the National Association of Music Merchants together with members of the music products industry to make new connections, reaffirm relationships, as well as create and establish new business opportunities.
“NAMM members, alongside our partners and guests, deserve all the credit for creating such an incredibly powerful industry gathering,” affirmed Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. “The ‘crossroads’ of industry pros, coupled with the passion and dedication to drive business forward in new and innovative ways, ensures an exciting year ahead for all aspects of music making and production.”
This year’s show saw 7,000 brands and nearly 2,000 exhibiting companies across the show floor. The expansion of the show into the new Anaheim Convention Center North building saw increased pro audio and event technology participation contributing to a 9 percent overall growth of exhibitors at the show. International attendees increased by 8 percent with representation from over 100 countries totaling 19,356 registrants.
A total of 115,085 registered industry professionals were also treated to more than 500 educational sessions. The 2018 NAMM Show also experienced the inaugural [email protected] program, which included a mix of AES members and prospective new members. The program included four training academies, a variety of tutorials and sessions, as well as whitepapers, resulting in more than 300 total sessions. (The full report from NAMM is available here.)
The 2018 NAMM TEC Awards recognized 31 categories of products and projects in the areas of Technical or Creative Achievement, and the individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games.
Highlights of the award ceremony included Jackson Browne, who was recognized with the Les Paul Innovation Award. Members of The Section: Danny Kortchmar (guitar), Craig Doerge (keyboards), Leland Sklar (bass) and Russ Kunkel (drums) were inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame. Comedian and occasional musician Demetri Martin served as host and offered numerous humorous quips throughout the evening. (Click here for the full story and list of winners.)
Looking ahead, The Summer NAMM Show will return to Nashville’s Music City Center June 28-30. Later in the year, NAMM Musikmesse Russia will return to Moscow September 13-16, and Prolight + Sound Russia will commence September 13-15. In 2019, The NAMM Show returns to Anaheim January 24-27, 2019.
Following is a growing stable of news and new products from the 2018 NAMM Show which we’ll be updating regularly, so be sure to check back for the latest.
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