Women of NAMM Announce Scholarship Recipients

Women of NAMM (WON) has announced six recipients of its annual NAMM Show scholarship: Hailey Canfield, Dietze Music; Alia DiLullo, Gator Co.; Tamara Freethy, Cosmo Music; Kristi Noble, Quinlan and Fabish Music; Jessica Palmer, West Music/Music ConstructED; and Mandy Stertz, Pecknel Music Company. The annual scholarship program seeks to support women with goals to connect, support, and grow as professionals and leaders, and to partake in professional development education, networking and mentoring with women who are industry leaders at The NAMM Show.

Each recipient was selected through an independent review process, with priority given to those who have not attended a NAMM Show. As a scholarship winner, each will receive a one-time stipend of $1,500 to support travel, attendance and participation and job shadowing opportunities with female industry executives at the June gathering.

"I'm beyond excited to experience The NAMM Show in person for the first time and am grateful for the opportunity to do so with Women of NAMM. I am most looking forward to meeting and learning from other industry professionals, and connecting further within our MI community," shares Freethy.

Stertz echoes that sentiment: “Honestly, I’m looking forward to everything! Most importantly though, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to connect with all of the smart and dynamic women in our industry.”

Through the support of generous donors to the WON Fund (formerly known as the SWIM Fund, read the announcement here), the group has hosted several virtual professional development roundtables, networking gatherings at The NAMM Show and Summer NAMM, as well as two leadership summits at NAMM Headquarters in Carlsbad, California. The fund has also provided opportunities for travel scholarships to attend Summer NAMM in Nashville, Tennessee. Donate here: https://www.nammfoundation.org/donate

On Friday, June 3 at The 2022 NAMM Show, Women of NAMM will host a happy hour will be from 6-7:00 p.m. at The Westin Hotel on the NAMM Campus. Additional details will be available in the weeks to come.

The 2022 NAMM Show returns to Anaheim, California, June 3-5, where the industry crossroads will convene to network and renew business relationships, partake in professional education sessions and launch and discover new products. More than 3,500 brands will take part in the show, including Adam Hall; Allen & Heath; American Music & Sound; C.F. Martin & Co.; Casio; Conn-Selmer; Ernie Ball; ESP; Hal Leonard; KMC Music; Taylor Guitars; and Yamaha, among others. In the pro audio and live sound space, more brands include 4Wall Entertainment; ADJ; Apogee; Audio-Technica; beyerdynamic; Dolby; Harman; IK Multimedia; Korg; Pioneer DJ; Shure; TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik; Ultimate Ears; and more.

The show will also see the return of much-loved industry award events, including the Top 100 Awards, Parnelli Awards, TEC Awards, and She Rocks Awards, as well as other event gatherings and networking opportunities including Saturday’s Grand Rally for Music Education, featuring composer and founder of the Virtual Choir Eric Whitacre for a memorable, hybrid choral experience and performance by Gateways Brass Collective.

In addition, the show will offer education sessions for professionals in pro audio and live sound, entertainment tech, music retail, and brands, as well as music educators and more, from the likes of the Audio Engineering Society (AES); Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange (A3E); TEC Tracks; Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA); Event Safety Alliance (ESA); The Pro Production Sessions from PLSN and FOH magazines; Lighting&Sound America; NAMM U; GenNext; Music Education Days; and more. Future-forward NAMM U Breakfast Sessions will open each day of the show, with “Breakfast of Champions” on Friday, June 3; on Saturday, branding expert Scott Stratten, President of UnMarketing, will present “Leadership in a Post-Pandemic World”; and the annual favorite “Best in Show” returns on Sunday, June 5.

Registration for The 2022 NAMM Show is now open at namm.org/thenammshow/2022/badges

Additional information about The 2022 NAMM Show is available at NAMM.org