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NAMM Show Postponed Until June 2022

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has announced that The NAMM Show will reconvene in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 3-5, 2022.

Previously scheduled for January 20-23, the new dates will offer global industry leaders, buyers, sellers, music educators, artists, media, and music makers the opportunity to reconnect and renew their businesses while taking greater advantage of reimagined indoor and outdoor events, activations, professional development sessions, an expanded digital reach, and more at the crossroads of business opportunity.

The news of the show’s return and the change in dates addresses ongoing concerns about pandemic activity, new product development and launches, available in-store inventory, and current travel restrictions. The announcement has been met with support and enthusiasm from business leaders across the industry.

The largest NAMM Show in the history of the organisation took place in January 2020, when the show welcomed 115,888 members and industry professionals and more than 7,000 brands. The show also hosted 350 professional development sessions, numerous live events, networking opportunities and concerts each evening on the Grand Plaza, as presented by Yamaha.

With the move of The 2022 NAMM Show to June, the organisation has decided not to hold Summer NAMM in Nashville, Tennessee, for the 2022 year, effectively combining the two shows.

The industry has not stopped evolving and innovating during the pandemic, and The NAMM Show is evolving, as well. Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO

Instead, on Friday January 21, the organisation will host a one-day global live streamed event: Believe in Music: The online global gathering to unify and support the people who bring music to the world. Building on the success of this year’s Believe in Music week, the event will again welcome leaders across the industry, music educators, and music makers to connect in a live, online setting and take part in sessions and experiences.

Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO, says, "The industry has not stopped evolving and innovating during the pandemic, and The NAMM Show is evolving, as well. As the health and safety of our members remains top of mind, and after carefully listening to companies here in the U.S. and around the world, the new dates will help members maximise their opportunities and accelerate what has arguably been a transformative time both in new products and in how they come to market. I imagine this gathering will have the kind of impact of a Beatles moment or the introduction of MIDI—definitely one you will not want to miss.”

“No matter when NAMM happens, Shure is excited about the industry finally getting together to engage with each other at this important event,” comments Abby Kaplan, Vice President of Global Retail Sales for Shure Incorporated.

Meanwhile, John Hopkins, President and CEO of Sweetwater, shares, "One of our priorities here at Sweetwater is creating content and providing information to our customers about new products — we want them to have immediate, up-to-the-minute news about the latest gear and innovations. The NAMM Show brings us all together and provides an ideal platform for this each year. And this year, we’re excited that there will be even better synergy between the new NAMM Show dates and our own annual GearFest event. It’s a big win for our customers."

Additional details of The 2022 NAMM Show and Believe in Music day will be released in the weeks to come. Visit NAMM.org or follow the conversation on social media with #NAMMShow for the latest news. To learn about the health and safety measures that will be put in place, please visit the NAMM Safe and Sound site here.