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The NAMM Show is an annual event in the United States that is organized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), who describe it as "the industry’s largest stage, uniting the global music, sound and entertainment technology communities".[2]

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GenreMusic industry
VenueAnaheim Convention Center
Location(s)Anaheim, California
CountryUnited States
InauguratedJanuary 1901; 122 years ago (1901-01)
Most recentJune 3, 2022; 7 months ago (2022-06-03)
Next eventApril 13, 2023; 2 months' time (2023-04-13)
AttendanceDecrease 46,627 (2022)[1]
Organized byNAMM (National Association of Music Merchants)
Filing status501(c)(3)


The NAMM Show takes place annually in Anaheim, California, at the Anaheim Convention Center, and is one of the largest music product trade shows in the world. Its European counterpart is the Musikmesse in Frankfurt. The event attracts numerous famous musicians, many of whom are endorsed by exhibitors and come to promote their own signature models and equipment.

NAMM is a trade-only business show catering to domestic and international dealers and distributors. The product exhibits are an integral part of the show, allowing the dealers and distributors to see what's new, negotiate deals and plan their purchasing for the next 6 to 12 months. Exhibitors are allotted a specific number of attendees based on the size of their booth. Retail Members are allowed a certain number of attendees based on their full-time employees.

Summer NAMMEdit

The association's former other show, Summer NAMM, took place in the summer in Nashville, Tennessee, at the newly constructed Music City Center. Summer NAMM was about one-quarter the size of the NAMM Show in January and focuses more on industry meetings and professional development rather than products.


In 1901, 52 members of the National Piano Manufacturers Association of America formed the National Association of Piano Dealers of America.[3] The group held its first annual meeting in 1904.[3] In 1919, the group renamed itself National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM.[3]

NAMM has evolved from a national retail association into an international association whose members now include commercial companies, distributors, affiliates and manufacturers.

The NAMM Show did not take place in 1932, 1934, 1942 or 1945.[4] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 NAMM Show was held in Anaheim June 3–5, 2022, with no separate Summer NAMM to be held.[5]

2021: Believe in Music WeekEdit

As was announced on August 10, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person 2021 NAMM Show was not held as planned on January 21–24, 2021 in Anaheim, California. Rather, NAMM hosted the Believe in Music Week starting January 18, 2021 which featured "a mix of comprehensive programming and professional education at, as well as an interactive marketplace to connect buyers and sellers – all designed to elevate the innovation and inspiration found across the industry while offering support for those most deeply affected by COVID. While not The NAMM Show or a virtual tradeshow, the initiative will meet the immediate business needs of NAMM member companies through thought-leader led education for all segments of the industry, networking and AI matchmaking, and business-to-business-focused opportunities to reaffirm and grow business connections, launch new products, share brand initiatives and engage with customers in real-time."[6]


The NAMM Show returned as an in-person event in Anaheim, California from Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2022.[1]


The NAMM Show is scheduled to return to the Anaheim Convention Center from Thursday, April 13 to Saturday, April 15, 2023.[7]

She Rocks Awards at the NAMM ShowEdit

She Rocks Awards was created by the Women's International Music Network to pay tribute to women working the music industry. It was founded in 2012 by Laura B. Whitmore.[8] The awards are a gala celebration and are held during the NAMM Show. It is currently held at the House of Blues, Anaheim with attendance nearing 800 and selling out many years.[9][10] Honorees include major musicians to behind-the-scenes professionals.[11] The Awards are known for celebrating women's achievements throughout the music industry.[12]

2022 Honorees[13]Edit

2019 HonoreesEdit

Lifetime Achievement Award: Janis Joplin (new award in 2019)

2018 HonoreesEdit

  • Melissa Ethridge
  • Kate Pierson & Cindy Wilson (B-52s)
  • Karla Redding-Andrews, The Otis Redding Foundation[15]
  • Exene Cervenka, vocalist for X (punk band)
  • Amberly Crouse-Knox, BMG Production Music
  • The members of the band Fanny (Jean Millington Adamian, June Millington, Brie Darling, Patti Quatro, Alice de Buhr)
  • Candace Stewart, EastWest Studios
  • Dawn Birr, Sennheiser Business Solutions
  • Fabi Reyna, She Shreds Media
  • Vanessa Mering, HARMAN Professional
  • Kristy Porter, Guitar Center[16]

2017 HonoreesEdit

2016 HonoreesEdit

2015 HonoreesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Transformation and Tradition: The NAMM Show, the Global Platform for Innovation in Music Products, Pro Audio and Entertainment Technology, Returns to Anaheim".
  2. ^ "Uniting the Music, Sound and Event Technology Communities". Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "NAMM Timeline". Retrieved 2022-03-04.
  4. ^ "NAMM Show Location & Date History 1901-2022". Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  5. ^ "Transformation Awaits: The NAMM Show Announces Return to Anaheim in June 2022". Retrieved 2022-12-19.
  6. ^ "NAMM Announces Believe in Music Week, The Global Gathering to Unite and Support the Industry". Retrieved 2022-05-05.
  7. ^ "NAMM Announces 2023, 2024 NAMM Show Dates". Retrieved 2022-12-19.
  8. ^ Alvarez, Jimmy (2019-01-21). "She Rocks Awards 2019 Is a Celebration of Music's Fiercest Females". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  9. ^ "Lita Ford, Shirley Manson, Ronnie Spector, and More Honored at 5th Annual She Rocks Awards". 22 January 2017. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "She Rocks Awards Honors Lisa Loeb, Erika Ender and More Women in Music". Amplify. 2019-01-28. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  11. ^ Whitmore, Laura B. (2018-12-05). "2019 She Rocks Awards Honorees and Co-Hosts Announced". Parade. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  12. ^ Kearney, Mary Celeste (2017). Gender and rock. New York, NY. ISBN 9780199359516. OCLC 965617600.
  13. ^ Fadroski, Kelly Skye (9 May 2022). "NAMM Show 2022: She Rocks Awards celebrates 10th anniversary with Dionne Warwick and more". Press Enterprise. Press Enterprise. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  14. ^ "She Rocks Awards – the WiMN". Women’s International Music Network. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  15. ^ "She Rocks Awards 2018 Recap". Music Connection Magazine. 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  16. ^ "She Rocks Awards". Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  17. ^ Jackson, Nieuwland (2018-07-15). Careers for tech girls in audio engineering (First ed.). New York, NY. ISBN 9781508180081. OCLC 1019855117.
  18. ^ Artist, Guitar World Staff 2016-10-31T14:59:27Z (31 October 2016). "2017 She Rocks Awards to Honor Lita Ford, Shirley Manson, Esperanza Spalding and More". guitarworld. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  19. ^ "NAMM – She Rocks Awards". 16 December 2015. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  20. ^ "The Bangles Song Premiere: Hear 'The Real World' From Their New Compilation". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  21. ^ "The NAMM Show: 7 Must-See Events From Moby to Skynyrd to Peavey's 50th Bash". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-02-25.

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