Summer NAMM 2018, held at Nashville’s Music City Center, June 28th-30th, saw a five per cent increase in visitors year on year, the organiser says, up to 15,010. NAMM says: ‘a number which represented a variety of factors: while exhibitors sought to right-size their booths with fewer employees and gain greater ROI, retail dealers increased 5% YOY, and total buyers saw a 24% growth reflecting the spirited demand in the marketplace’.
‘There are many ways to be successful in our industry, but they all require effort and initiative,’ said Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. ‘I believe that the members who came to Nashville for Summer NAMM will be ahead of the competitive curve and deservedly enjoy greater success in the weeks and months ahead.’
The show, which hosted 1,600 brands presented by over 500 exhibitors, included a mix of top-name brands in traditional MI including BOSS, C.F. Martin & Co., Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Fishman, Gator Cases, Gibson, Gretsch, Hal Leonard, KORG, Peavey, Warwick, Yamaha, and a noticebaly strong Pro Audio contingent including 64 Audio, AEA, Antelope Audio, Aston Mics, DPA, Lavry Engineering, PreSonus, Quilter Labs, Rupert Neve Designs, TASCAM, Telefunken, TransAudio Group, Walrus Audio, Warm Audio, and others.
Attention now turns to the The 2019 NAMM Show destined for next January. The NAMM Show campus will again welcome the Entertainment Services Technology Association (ESTA), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and others for four days of business, networking and events. Registration to attend will open at the end of August.