By Keith Clark • January 7, 2009 NAMM President/CEO Joe Lamond All is not gloom and doom with respect to the music merchant industry’s current economic outlook in the view of NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, who today (January 7) hosted a pre-Winter ‘09 NAMM Show conference call with industry trade media. The annual Winter NAMM Show kicks off next Thursday (January 15) at the Anaheim (California) Convention Center. “What I’ve heard in discussions with many of our members is that they’re weathering the current economic storm,” Lamond said. “No one is happy, particularly with the fourth quarter (of 2008), but the general consensus is that the business climate wasn’t as bad as it could have been.” Attendance for Winter NAMM ‘09 is estimated at this point to be down by one percent in comparison to last year’s show, which Lamond pointed out generated a record attendance figure. The total number of exhibitors and total exhibit space will both be about five percent less this year than in 2008. Still, the total number of exhibitors this year will be about 1,500. Lamond attributed the exhibitor decline primarily to fewer China-based companies on the show floor. Further, the piano segment of the industry continues to struggle. However, he also pointed to some bright spots, such as sales of school band instruments increasing by about four percent, and if reports of projected increases in (U.S.) government spending indeed come to pass, Lamond expects that figure to remain solid and perhaps grow. Lamond also noted that there has been a recent surge in attendee registrations for the upcoming show, which runs January 15-18, and all available hotel reservations booked via NAMM are now sold out. “The overall mantra of the 2009 Winter NAMM show is that people in this industry are looking to get together, talk things over, share ideas, and collectively seek new direction,” he said. More about the 2009 Winter NAMM show here. About Keith Keith Clark Editor In Chief, ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International Keith has covered professional audio and systems contracting for more than 25 years, authoring hundreds of articles in addition to hands-on work in every facet of publishing. He fostered the content of ProSoundWeb (PSW) from its inception, helping build pro audio’s largest portal website, and has also served for several years as editor in chief of Live Sound International (LSI). Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. boby says How do you design a web page that pays? First off, you need to determine who will be getting the pay-off. It could be you or the web visitor, or better yet, it could be both of you. For example, an informational web page will be valuable to a reader looking for information and valuable to you if you have affiliates, links to products, or other sites you want to promote. When building a web page or looking for a home based business, affiliate programs are worth considering because they add value to the site for the reader and can provide enough revenue for you to keep the site going 646-985 study guides| 650-177 study guides| 650-195 exam questions| 650-251 exam question| 650-296 study guide| 650-297 guide| 650-367 exam question| 650-368 study guide| Tagged with: Attendees Business CEO Conference Systems Exhibits Instruments Management Music NAMM Sales Trade Shows · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound. Subscribe Today!