Nashville, TN (July 25, 2014)—July saw the largest Summer NAMM show in six years, as members of the National Association of Music Merchants rolled into Nashville's Music City Center. The event featured the most exhibiting companies since 2006. When the show opened, 438 exhibitors representing 1,510 brands debuted new products. Adding to the energy were 103 first time exhibitors. Pro audio and technology driven exhibitors grew 23 percent, filling up much of the expanded floor space.
"NAMM members who attended Summer NAMM are leaving Nashville with a competitive edge to succeed in the second half of the year," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. "We are grateful to the members who shared their paths to success with their peers during breakfast sessions and the Top 100 Dealers Awards. Together we will continue to strengthen our industry."
The number of buyers attending Summer NAMM increased another 5 percent over 2013. In total 12,442 people registered for the event. Leading retailers from Japan, Venezuela, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and exhibitors from 12 countries including China, Sweden, and Germany added to the global business opportunities at Summer NAMM. Overall international attendance increased 19 percent over last year's event.
"The audio component is visibly growing at this show," said Grant Buro, president of Pro Audio Partners in Savannah, GA. "It's easier to get around this year, and there are more pro audio vendors. It's good to see the show growing."
An upbeat vibe carried throughout the invigorated summer show, leaving retailers and exhibitors optimistic for the second half of an already promising year. "Being here has really put the wind in our sails," said first-time exhibitor Derick White, co-founder of Acoustas, which builds microphones for acoustic guitars and accordions, among other products. "The show is a game changer for us."