Industry Photos: NAMM Summer Conference

The music product industry recently converged in Nashville to celebrate the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Summer show. Held July 11-13, the event boasted 422 exhibiting companies representing more than 1150 brands (a 12 percent increase over the previous year). The conference included 157 first-time exhibiting companies and many returning brands.

The conference offered plentiful opportunities for musical showcases, exhibits and educational seminars. Professional development included the Retail Boot Camp, the Retail Summit and the Idea Center sessions. “Insight,” hosted by Vince Gill and Tom Bedell on the first night of the show, brought together the music industry’s iconic names for a panel covering everything from lessons learned during their careers, to what the leaders would do if they were king for a day, and their first concert.

Honoring NAMM’s Top 100 Retailers has become one of the most-anticipated facets of NAMM’s summer show. Beacock Music Company was honored as the Dealer of the Year during an awards event July 12.

NAMM1--Gill, Peavey, Ball and Gretsch

Pictured (L-R): Vince Gill, Hartley Peavey, Sterling Ball, and Fred Gretsch appear during NAMM’s summer event at Music City Center. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for NAMM

NAMM1--overall photo

Pictured: Attendees in the trade room at NAMM’s summer event at Music City Center. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for NAMM

NAMM1--group shot

Pictured (Top L-R): Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp. Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Martin Guitars Chris Martin, president of The Gretsch Company Fred Gretsch, D’Addario & Company CEO Jim D’Addario, musician Sterling Ball, co-owner of Taylor Guitars Bob Taylor, president of Sabian Andy Zildjian. (Bottom L-R): NAMM CEO and President Joe Lamond, CEO of Peavey Electronics Corporation Hartley Peavey, founder of Two Old Hippies Tom Bedell, and singer/songwriter Vince Gill. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for NAMM

NAMM1--martin, zildjian, taylor daddario

Pictured (L-R): Chris Martin, Andy Zildjian, Bob Taylor, and Jim D’Addario appear during NAMM’s summer event at Music City Center. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for NAMM

NAMM1--Shapiro lamond luehrsen dean

Pictured (L-R):Nancy Shapiro, President and CEO of NAMM Joe Lamond, Executive Director of NAMM Foundation Mary Luehrsen, and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for NAMM

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