NAMM Reveals 2016 Top 100 Dealer Awards List

Top100_DealeroftheYear_The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has announced the final selections for 2016’s Top 100 Dealer Awards. Now in its sixth year, the Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlight the very best industry retailers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods and customers, and play an important role in acting as music making ambassadors in their communities.

“The Top 100 Dealer program has certainly grown a bit since it was launched a few years ago. Our retail members who enter the competition are passionate about their businesses and really know how to tell their stories of service to their customers and their communities,” says NAMM President and CEO, Joe Lamond. “In my opinion, we owe a debt of gratitude to all our retail members, through their tireless efforts, they are providing access to music products and services which help to foster the next generation of music makers.”

The Top 100 Dealers will be honoured at an awards gala on Friday, June 24 at the annual Summer NAMM show in Nashville. Of the Top 100, seven standout dealers will also be honoured in “Best of” categories including: Best Store Turnaround, Best Customer Service, Best Store Design, Best Marketing and Sales Promotion, Best Online Engagement, Best Emerging Dealer/”Rookie of the Year,” and one recipient will be honoured with the Music Makes a Difference Award.  The coveted NAMM Dealer of the Year award will go to one of the recipients in the aforementioned categories.

Each Top 100 submission was reviewed by an independent panel of judges and numerically rated across categories that included customer service, music advocacy, store design and promotions, and were scored in accordance to determine the Top 100 list, the category winners, and the overall award, Dealer of the Year.

The Top 100 Dealer Awards presentation will be held in the Davidson Ballroom at Music City Center Friday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. All Summer NAMM badge holders are invited to attend this evening honoring excellence in music retailing.

Congratulations to the 2016 Top 100 Dealers:

A & G Central Music
Absolute Music
All County Music
Amro Music
Andertons Music Co
Andy’s Music
Antonio Violins
Art’s Music Shop, Inc.
Bertrand’s Music
Bill Harris Music
Bill’s Music
Bluedog Guitars
Blues Angel Music
Bridgepoint Music
Brighton Music Center
Buddy Roger’s Music
C.A. House Music
Capo’s Music Store
Carter Vintage Guitars
Casino Guitars
Central Instrument Co
Contemporary Music Center
Creative Music Center
Day Violins
Dietze Music House
Downtown Piano Works
Family Music
Family Piano Co.
Farley’s House Of Pianos
Five Star Guitars
Fox Music
Front Stage Music
Guitars Etc
Hartland Music
Heid Music
Hell Creek Music & More
Hillje Music Center
Instrumental Music
Instrumental Music Center
Island Music Company
Ken Stanton Music
L.A. Music
Lafargue Pianos
Larry’s Music Center
Legend Music
Lock 12 Music
Lowe Vintage Instrument Company
Matt’s Music
Maxwell’s House of Music
Middle C Music
Mike Risko Music
Mojo Music
Music Authority
Music Go Round
Music Land
Music on the Hill
Music Royale
Music Villa
Musical Innovations
N Stuff Music
Owensboro Music Center
Paige’s Music
Pellegrino Music Center
Plum Grove Music
PM Music Center
Port Mac Guitars
Progressive Music Center
Quinlan & Fabish Music Co.
Red Dragon Guitars
Rice Music House
Romeo Music
Royalton Music Center
Sam Ash Music
San Diego Music Studio
Santa Barbara Guitar Bar
Schmidt’s Music
Shoreline Music
Spicer’s Music
Springfield Music
Steelwood Guitar Shop & Club
Strait Music Company
Ted Brown Music
The Acoustic Shoppe
The Candyman Strings & Things
The Drum Shop
The Music Room
The Strum Shop
The Upper Bout
TJ’s Music
Ukulele Station America
Uncle Ike’s Music & Sound
Wadsworth Music
Wentworth Music
West Music
Willis Music
Wondersound Music
Zeswitz Music

To register online for Summer NAMM badges, please visit:

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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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