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MI and audio brand Artesia announced that it has partnered with the team behind the MeloQuest video game. Artesia will be the exclusive hardware provider for the upcoming launch of the MeloQuest video game in 2020.

Read more: Artesia Partners with MeloQuest Video Game that Teaches Users How to Play Music

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will continue its mission to enhance and encourage music education for all by joining forces with the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition and visiting Los Angeles just steps away from Staples Center for GRAMMY week.

Read more: John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Joe Lamond and Mary Luehrsen join GRAMMY Music Education Coalition

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

UPDATE 3/3/2020 - The festival has been moved to April 8-11, 2021. Register by April 30, 2020 to attend. The dates below have been adjusted to reflect this change.

All National Music will hold the Robert W. Smith Music Festival in Orlando, Florida on April 8 to 11, 2021, 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

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