I do not. I’m sure Bermuda knows much more about this than I. But one thing I do know, if NAMM downsized it in such a way, there’s a whole industry that would lose out. The convention center, for one. Then the hotel services and restaurants....even Disney probably sees a few folks attending NAMM.There is a way that NAMM could fix this problem in fell swoop: return NAMM to actually being the National Association of Musical Merchandisers. In other words, return to the days when NAMM was NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Buyers only.
I've been to three NAMM shows while wearing a dealer badge. I noticed across those three years that the number of "Visitor" tags were increasing exponentially. The number of "Buyer" tags were very small. Those guys with "Buyer" tags were treated almost like celebrities in their own right!
There was talk at one time about making only the last day of NAMM open to the public, or at least making all but the last day "buyers and dealers only" days. I don't know what the current policy is. I've been out of the music dealer business for years now, so my current NAMM knowledge is far out of date. Do you know current policy, Bo?
So as much as it would be cool to have “just the cool people”, there’s an entire segment of the working population that make a good living off of this one event and that wouldn’t be there if NAMM shuttered itself to buyers only. Although I say check with Bermuda - he would know a lot more.