The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) today announced the cancellation of next year’s Winter NAMM Show and Summer NAMM Show, and that instead they are planning on a single NAMM Show event, to be held in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 3–5, 2022.
Originally scheduled for January 20–23, the event is moving to summer in response to the realities of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. The US is in the midst of a fourth wave of infection, some California hospital intensive care units are over their capacity, the state has put restrictions in place for conventions and global travel planning continues to be difficult.
“As the health and safety of our members remains top of mind, and after carefully listening to companies here in the U.S. and around the world, the new dates will help members maximize their opportunities and accelerate what has arguably been a transformative time both in new products and in how they come to market,” notes NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond.
NAMM says that the change in dates addresses ongoing concerns about pandemic activity, new product development and launches, available in-store inventory, and current travel restrictions. Organizers say that the change was met with support from the industry.
“Global travel restrictions continue to be unpredictable and challenging for our industry. Rescheduling the NAMM Show to June is absolutely the right call,” says David Via, Zoom North America Vice President of Marketing.
“We fully support NAMM’s decision to move the 2022 NAMM Show to June,” says Larry Morton, CEO of Hal Leonard. “Not only does this make sense from a public safety standpoint, but the June timing gives the entire music products industry an opportunity to put the pandemic behind us. ”
With the move of The 2022 NAMM Show to June, the organization has decided not to hold Summer NAMM in Nashville, Tennessee in 2022, effectively combining the two shows.