Monday, January 12, 2015

NAMM Show 2015 news: Moby, Shel, The Bangles

The Anaheim, Calif.-based NAMM Show, held Jan. 22-25, gathers music education leaders, college music faculty and music-career seeking students though events hosted by the NAMM Foundation.

Musician, DJ and film composer Moby (pictured) and inspirational speaker Richard Gerver will headline five days of networking, volunteer work, educational sessions and research briefings. Music students and educators can register for the 2015 NAMM Show at

To kick of The NAMM Show, the NAMM Foundation is offering all NAMM Show attendees an opportunity to participate in efforts to bring music back to the Anaheim Public School District. Start the show off early and right by investing in a musical day of service at Anaheim's Marshall Elementary School from 8 a.m. to noon. Instruments and facilitators provided by Kala Brand Music Co., Remo, GAMA and more.

Platinum recording artist Moby opens Generation Next on Thursday. Generation Next produced in collaboration with the College Music Society, is a NAMM Show exclusive educational opportunity for college music students preparing for careers in the music products industry and music faculty. Moby's keynote, made possible in collaboration with the Los Angeles College of Music, starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Anaheim Hilton's NAMM Foundation Lounge.

Music Education Days offers music educators and administrators valuable exposure to the latest in music product innovations and ideas; these days also celebrate music teachers and the great work they do every day in their classrooms.

Educators are welcome to start Saturday off with Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak speaking live via simulcast about innovation in music. Sunday at 9:30 a.m. best-selling author and critically lauded educator and speaker Richard Gerver delivers the Foundation's Music Education Days keynote address. Gerver will share his experiences facing change in education policy and funding and how music and the arts continue to inspire.

Funding scientific research, a major NAMM Foundation initiative, will be featured at the show. The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) unveils new NAMM Foundation-funded research on the impact Turnaround Arts programs have had in underperforming schools.

Turnaround Artists Chad Smith and Trombone Shorty join PCAH Executive Director Rachel Goslins, on Thursday from 2-3 p.m. in the Foundation Lounge, to share their experiences with Turnaround Arts. On Saturday at 2 p.m., NAMM Foundation-funded Northwestern University researcher Nina Kraus and the National Association for Music Education will be featured on a SupportMusic webcast.

Celebrate music education at the Imagine Party on Friday night with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and funk legend, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic brought to you by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and NAMM Foundation. Those with a NAMM Show badge should report to the NAMM GoPro Grand Plaza Stage to get funked up starting at 6 p.m.

Check out the complete lineup of NAMM Foundation events and register for Generation Next and Music Education Days. Most music education-related events will be held in the NAMM Foundation Lounge, which is located in the California Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton.

The Women’s International Music Network announced the complete lineup for the 2015 She Rocks Awards, taking place Fri., Jan. 23, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., during the 2015 Winter NAMM show. Tickets available here.

Honorees include:
Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat*
Grammy Award-nominated saxophone player and singer-songwriter Mindi Abair*
Platinum-selling all-female pop band The Bangles*
Avedis Zildjian CEO Craigie Zildjian
Beacock Music Co-Owner Gayle Beacock
Vice President for Online Learning and Continuing Education/CEO for Berklee’s online continuing education program, Berklee Online, Debbie Cavalier
Vice President of Brand Marketing for C.F. Martin & Co, Amani Duncan
Editor of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines, Katie Kailus
Vice President of Capitol Studios Paula Salvatore  

*also performing

The She Rocks Awards will be kicked off by Americana band Shel.

With featured performances, food and beverages, giveaways, a silent auction, networking opportunities and more, the third annual She Rocks Awards brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans, and media to celebrate women in music. A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

This event has sold out for the past two years and does not require a NAMM badge to attend.

The She Rocks Awards is sponsored by The Gretsch Company, Guitar Center, Seymour Duncan, The Avedis Zildjian Company, C.F. Martin & Co, Weber Mandolins, Fishman, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Casio, PRS Guitars, Yamaha, Berklee Online, Roland, Kind, LAWIM, International Musician, Making Music Magazine, 95.5 KLOS, OC Weekly, as well as NewBay Media, and their publications Guitar World, Guitar Player, Acoustic Nation, Bass Player, Electronic Musician and Keyboard Magazine.

Purchase tickets and find out more about the She Rocks Awards at

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