Summer Namm 2020 Cancelled over Coronavirus concerns

Here comes another bad news for the music industry! Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Summer NAMM 2020, scheduled for July 9-11 in Nashville is officially canceled. The cancellations of such major trade shows are causing huge losses to the music industry. Will the virus disrupt the Winter NAMM 2021 too?

Both NAMM Chair (C.F. Martin) and NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond are optimistic about the Winter NAMM 2021, scheduled for January 21-24 in Anaheim, California.

However, the graph of coronavirus is rising exponentially. As of now, the only solution to control the spread of the virus is to practice social distancing. Also, the vaccinations for COVID-19 will take time to develop and clear trails. According to researchers, it may take around 12-18 months for the global availability of this vaccine.

So if the coronavirus disease continues to spread in a similar trend, it can also result in the cancellation of Winter NAMM 2021. Hopefully, things will not go that way.

NAMM says: “We look forward to reconvening the global crossroads of the industry at The 2021 NAMM Show, January 21–24 in Anaheim, California and returning to Nashville in summer 2021”

Statement from NAMM Chair and CEO for Summer NAMM 2020 Cancellation over Coronavirus (COVID-19)

After speaking with so many of you and closely following the latest news regarding the ongoing global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Summer NAMM 2020, scheduled for July 9–11 in Nashville. We sincerely recognize the importance of this annual mid-year gathering for our industry. However, the current circumstances make it impossible to hold the show or to undertake the many months of careful planning and preparation that are required to create a secure and organized event.

In spite of not being able to be together in Nashville, we will continue to connect our community to help everyone move forward. Our focus remains on guiding our members to the financial relief that so many badly need through the CARES Act. In addition, the NAMM team has been sourcing and sharing the most creative strategies that are working in music retail and online music learning, vital tools to survive these unprecedented economic times. The NAMM website is your trusted and reliable place to get the latest news; please utilize this resource as our virtual gathering spot  for the time being.

As difficult as these days are, we gain strength and inspiration from the generations of NAMM members who came before us, overcoming every obstacle in their way. And in that spirit, we can just imagine the heartfelt celebrations that will occur when we are all together again in Anaheim next January. In the meantime, please stay safe and connected to each other; with perseverance, vision, and passion, we will succeed.

NAMM Chair (C.F. Martin) and NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond

Find more information on the official NAMM website.

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Ishaan Sarna

Founder of AUDEMPIRE (Pro Audio Equipment Store), SOUNDELICIT (Music Industry & Pro Audio Blog), TECHNOISER (Tech blog), and ISOLAPSE (Motion Industry & Photography Gear Blog). Music Producer by profession and also a Tech Enthusiast.