KRK Systems, together with Epiphone and parent company, Gibson Brands, will be hosting its First Annual NAMM Guitar Solo Contest at the Gibson booth (300A) during NAMM 2020. Contestants can sign up daily at the KRK section of the Gibson booth from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Read more: KRK Announces First Annual Gibson/Epiphone/KRK Guitar Solo Contest at NAMM 2020

L-Acoustics will soon be taking advantage of NAMM 2020 in mid-January to provide considerable foresight into the future of live audio system design and deployment with ten unique hours of presentations throughout the show. In collaboration with both The NAMM Show and The Audio Engineering Society (AES), L-Acoustics will be presenting five two-hour “AES Academy” educational sessions on a variety of forward-thinking topics, including immersive audio, AVB networking, and system setup and calibration advances.

Read more: L-Acoustics Reveals the Future in AES Academy Seminars at NAMM

This year, Martin and The NAMM Show are teaming up with REVERB to take the first step toward eliminating single-use plastic at The 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

Read more: Martin, REVERB, and NAMM Team Up To Eliminate Single-Use Plastic

At The 2020 NAMM Show, arts and nonprofit leaders, music educators and administrators, and college music students and faculty will have the opportunity and access to grow their networks, gain insights through robust professional development programs, access to the latest in music and pro audio products and technologies, and to advance music-making each day of the Show.

Read more: The NAMM Foundation Announces Additional Events for the 2020 NAMM Show

All National Music will hold the Robert W. Smith Music Festival in Orlando, Florida on April 23 to 25, 2020, featuring high school and middle school bands and orchestras from around the U.S. and renowned composer/conductor Robert W. Smith.

Read more: All National Music Hosts Robert W. Smith Music Festival

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes back conductor Jader Bignamini and violinist Augustin Hadelich to Orchestra Hall for the first Classical Series program of 2020.

Read more: Conductor Jader Bignamini and violinist Augustin Hadelich perform with DSO January 24-26

In her 2020 concert debut as artistic director of the Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, NEA Jazz Master composer, arranger, bandleader, recipient of five Grammy awards, Maria Schneider presents a program featuring three-time Grammy nominee saxophonist Donny McCaslin.

Read more: Schneider Debuts as Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Artistic Director

Drum Workshop Inc. (DW) recently announced the unveiling of the DW Music Foundation (DWMF). The goal of the new charitable arm is to provide the gift of music to underserved communities worldwide.

Read more: Drum Workshop Launches The Drum Workshop Music Foundation

Manhasset Specialty Company is celebrating 85 years of producing quality music stands and accessories for use by budding young musicians to professional musicians who are members of world-famous orchestras all around the world.

Read more: Manhasset Specialty Company Celebrates its 85th Anniversary

Juilliard has announced the 36th annual Focus festival, Trailblazers: Pioneering Women Composers of the 20th Century, co-curated by Odaline de la Martinez, a Cuban-American conductor and composer based in London, and Focus director and conductor Joel Sachs.

Read more: Focus 2020 Presents Trailblazers: Celebrating Women Composers, January 24-31

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