The State University of New York College at Oneonta Music Department is a NAMBI (Namm Affiliated Music Business Institution) school. NAMBI is an organization branch of NAMM (National Association for Music Merchandisers). The department each year takes a relatively inexpensive trip to Anaheim, California for the NAMM convention. At this convention, students meet with major music equipment merchandisers, build contacts, give out resumes, attend seminars and meet other music industry majors from all across the country.
The following information is a fact sheet produced by NAMM for their press release located on their website at www.namm.org.
National Association of Music Merchants
The International Music Products Association, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $16 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 8,000 member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties can visit www.namm.orgor call 800-767-NAMM (6266).
ASSOCIATION MISSION: To unify, lead and strengthen the global music products industry and to increase active participation in music making.
TRADE SHOWS: Two of NAMM's most important annual events are the trade shows held in January in Southern California and in July in Nashville. These two conventions, open only to NAMM members and the music products industry, attract tens of thousands of attendees who want to see new innovations and developments in music making. NAMM shows are unique because in addition to unifying the industry by bringing buyers and sellers together from around the world, the excess revenues from these popular events are funneled back into growing the music products industry.
MARKET DEVELOPMENT: Over the past decade, NAMM has reinvested more than $20 million dollars from its trade shows into innovative, market-building programs and partnerships such as Sesame Street Music Works, Smithsonian Institution's Piano 300, Weekend Warriors, NewHorizons Band, and Music Making and Wellness. NAMM's outreach also includes advocacy efforts with such organizations and corporations as Disney, Miramax, Procter & Gamble, Texaco, VH1 (Save The Music) and the GRAMMY Foundation. In addition, NAMM has funded groundbreaking music/brain research that has helped to shape world opinion about the intrinsic value of music. The result: more active music makers and continued growth for NAMM Members.