Submissions Open for NAMM's Top 100 Dealer Awards

Josh Zapor of A&G Central receives a Top 100 Dealer Award at Summer NAMM (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for NAMM)

NAMM welcomes its global retail members to be recognized for retail excellence as part of the organization’s annual Top 100 Dealer Awards. Now in its eight year and held during the Summer NAMM Show (June 25-28) in Nashville, the annual awards honour retailers who have demonstrated a commitment to best-practices, creativity, and innovation in music products retail. Submissions for this year’s awards have now opened and the submission period closes on Monday, March 19 at 5 p.m. PDT. Members interested in applying can begin the process by visiting

“One of the most inspiring aspects of Summer NAMM to me personally is the opportunity to celebrate the successes of our retail members at the Top 100 Awards,” says Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “Perhaps now more than ever, making the investment in yourself to learn and emulate the best and the brightest in the industry sure seems like a worthwhile bet, and one that will lead to future success.”

Each submission will be evaluated for effectiveness in marketing, customer engagement and innovation in retail by a panel of independent judges. The panel will also make a selection for several “Best of” category winners, 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;” the “Music Makes a Difference;” award and the coveted, “Dealer of the Year” award. By entering, retailers are automatically considered for the “Best Of” categories as well as for “Dealer of the Year.”

The list of Top 100 Dealer nominees will be announced in the spring, with the “Best of” and “Dealer of the Year” awards to be announced during the Top 100 Dealer Awards gala on Friday, June 29 at the Summer NAMM Show.

The 2018 Summer NAMM Show returns to Nashville’s Music City Center June 28-30, and will bring together thousands of buyers, exhibitors and music industry professionals to preview the latest music products, gain valuable insights through a robust professional development program and network with peers. Registration for Summer NAMM opens March 7 at

For those interested in entering a submission for the NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards, the organization has release this tip sheet of 10 ways to improve your chances:

For additional information about the Top 100 Awards or to apply now, 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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