For those of you who aren't familiar with the Summer NAMM Show, it is the music products industry's yearly pilgrimage to Nashville, Tennessee where we meet, talk, look at products, and do business. We'll do it again in January - this time in Anaheim, California.
Several years ago, Music Authority started using it's extra passes to bring students with us to the show. They have endless learning opportunities. From seeing their favorite former drum instructor (Michael Stewart) playing on Broadway, to in depth conversations about how guitar picks are manufactured, students have no limit to how much knowledge they can bring home.
Students who attend the show must be involved in Music Authority's band program, must be able to talk to adults and engage in conversation with vendors, sales reps, and other artists, and must be trustworthy. (After all, they're wearing Music Authority's name on their badge.)
This year, we were fortunate enough to meet up with former Music Authority NAMM Ambassor, Christian Strandquist (now wearing an Alfred Publishing badge). He had some great pointers for the students about how to navigate the show floor.
Students went to teaching sessions on subjects like Podcasting, Video for Instagram, and Effective Facebook Marketing. You can see pictures and video from their adventure on the Music Authority Facebook site - we're still uploading so check back over the next week to see it all.
We even had an opportunity for drummer Dominic Perez to show off his drumming shoes to the Marketing Department for NAMM, who then engaged us in a great conversation about overcoming obstacles to make music.
On the business end, Music Authority picked up Strung (an awesome bracelet company), ordered some new Limited Edition Taylor Guitars, have new straps coming from Franklin, and started the conversation about other incredible additions to the Music Authority Family.
Melissa did her presentation in the NAMM Idea Center (she discussed how to handle crisis in business, it was well attended) and Music Authority was represented at the Top 100 Dealers dinner on Friday night. Thank you, Music Authority Family, for giving us a successful year - we can't wait to go back next July!
Starting this week! You make appointments for your hair and your car - why not your guitar? Each week, there will be a limited number of "while you wait" repair shop appointments. Call in, schedule your guitar for a set up or a restring, and we'll do the work while you wait.
You can still drop off your guitar like normal; but if you have a deadline, you can schedule the repair by calling Music Authority. To discuss repair fees and scheduling, call 770-886-9066.
Music Authority is excited to be carrying Strung Bracelets, straight from the NAMM Show! Each piece of jewelry is inspired by your favorite songs. They'll be arriving soon!
Shop local! Shopping at Music Authority supports local jobs, local charities, and help us keep lessons costs down.
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Visiting with Michael Stewart
A huge thank you to Michael Stewart! Our Rock Camp and former full time instructor took the time out of his schedule to invite some of our students out to Tin Roof on Broadway to see him play. He talked to us before the gig and made everyone feel welcome.
Thank you for continuing to inspire young people from your new home in Nashville!
On July 12, we bid farewell to the first Music Authority Showcase Band, Rise. They passed the baton to Music Authority's Beyond in a moving musical moment that won't be forgotten anytime soon. Take a look at this incredible hand off.
Video credit: Mike Campbell