NAMM: College Students Can Now Apply for President’s Innovation Award

ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 22:  A general view of atmosphere at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 22, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

NAMM has announced that college students studying for careers in music may now apply for the President’s Innovation Award. The award offers music industry leaders-in-training the opportunity to attend the 2016 NAMM Show by providing $600 to offset travel costs. Award recipients will join the global music industry in Anaheim, CA to experience the show and attend Generation Next. Music educators are also invited to attend the NAMM Show as part of the program Music Education Days.

At the NAMM Show, President’s Innovation Award winners will participate in Generation Next programming tailored specifically to students studying music business or music education. Students are given special access to all four days of the show, January 21 to 24, with mentoring, networking, and inspirational experiences. College students and faculty interested in attending Generation Next or Music Education Days can register for the programs starting Sept. 30, 2015.

“Generation Next and Music Education Days offer one-of-a-kind exposure for the future leaders of our industry,” says Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “The NAMM Show is the perfect global platform to expose young people, who are passionate about music, to the many opportunities in the music industry. This is critically important for us all, the future depends on our ability to attract the best and brightest talent into our musical ecosystem.”

Students interested in the President’s Innovation Award must submit an application by Sept. 30,2015. Awards will be announced on Nov. 1, 2015.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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