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2002 Namm Winter Show 
Closes On A High Note

NAMM, the International Music Products Association, today announced that some 65,490 industry professionals, a slight increase from last year’s record-breaking attendance, came to Anaheim to see the latest music products and learn new ways to improve their businesses at the 2002 NAMM Winter Show.

The NAMM Show, the music products industry’s largest gathering, wrapped up today after four thrilling days of conference sessions, celebrity sightings, performances and exhibits, showcasing the hottest products the music products industry has to offer in 2002.

“We made our entire show sales in the first hour this show opened,” said Howard Chatt, Pignose Industries. “We’ve been very pleased with the turnout this year, especially given the economy and the events of 9/11, and it’s a great testimonial to the strength of this industry and the people in it.”

Music retailers also seemed to be optimistic about the future. “I know we’re fighting a recession, but as far as I’m concerned and our company is concerned, we’re moving full steam ahead,” said Mike Zeman, Zeman Music. “We had a pretty good Christmas and things are looking up for 2002.”

“Overall, the show this year demonstrated a very resilient business – better than many industries under the circumstances,” said Don Johnson, editor, Musical Merchandise Review. “Most of the exhibitors we spoke with were quite pleased and did a lot of great business here.”

The focus and theme of this year’s show, “Uniting Our World Through Music,” rang true to show attendees and exhibitors as the industry gathered to hear, play and experience music of every style. Heavy traffic at the NAMM Member Success Center demonstrated the industry’s interest and commitment in creating new customers from the earliest ages to older adults and seniors.

“The positive feelings from this year’s show will carry through the entire year,” said Steve West, chairman of NAMM and president of West Music. “This year’s show was about celebrating music and its impact on us as people to heal and unite our nation and nourish our creativity in all that we do.”

The music industry’s next gathering will be at the NAMM Summer Session in Nashville, July 19-21. The next NAMM Winter Show will be held in January 2003 at the Anaheim Convention Center.



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