International Registration and Elton John Benefit Concert Among
Highlights of Record-Breaking Trade Show
ANAHEIM, Calif., January
21, 2003NAMM, the International Music Products Association,
today announced that some 67,601 industry professionals, a four
percent increase from last years record-breaking registration,
came to the 2003 NAMM Show in Anaheim to see the latest music
products and learn new ways to improve their businesses.
The NAMM Show, the music
products industrys largest annual domestic gathering, wrapped
up Sunday after four thrilling days of conference sessions, celebrity
sightings, performances and exhibits, showcasing the hottest products
the music products industry has to offer in 2003. This years
show saw a phenomenal 15 percent increase in international
registration and played host to the largest concert event in the
shows history: a star-studded tribute to Sir Elton John that
raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for NAMMs music
The NAMM Show has
been really good for us this year by getting the right people to see
our product that would not have seen it otherwise, said Chris
Donahue, Tradition Guitars. The show was well attended and we
got a lot of sales leads and new dealers out of our business here.
show has been outstanding, said Doug MacCallum, vice president
and general manager for AKG Acoustics, U.S. At this show
weve seen a great diversity of customers, and with our new
trade show booth and new products, its been a winner of a show.
Music retailers also
seemed to be optimistic about the future. Peter Brunner, a buyer from
The Music Box in Van Nuys, California, said, The shows
been good. Im amazed with all of the software companies here.
Im buying product and looking forward to a good 2003.
Throughout the crowded
aisles, show attendees and exhibitors gathered to hear, play and
experience music of every style. Heavy traffic at the NAMM Member
Success Center demonstrated the industrys commitment to
creating new customers from the earliest ages to older adults and
seniors as well as finding new ways to improve efficiency and save
money in the coming year. In 2003, NAMM will be taking its music-making
message to the Web with the launch of its new teen initiative, The
Music Edge and supportmusic.com, a new Web-based grassroots advocacy tool.
In a year full of
challenges, it is reassuring to know that so many of our Members had
such a great show and are so full of hope and excitement for the
future, said Steve West, chairman of NAMM and president, West Music.
The music products
industrys next gathering will be NAMMs Summer Session in
Nashville, July 18-20, 2003. The 2004 NAMM Show will take place
January 15-18 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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