Headed to NAMM 2018


2018 has started right where the end of 2017 left us — full of exciting activity in the world of music notation and technology. That activity will be fully on display at the upcoming 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, and for the second straight year, I’ll be attending. The 2018 NAMM Show will take place from Thursday, January 25 through Sunday, January 28, 2018, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The NAMM Show’s mission is “strengthening the music products industry and promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music.” Who can argue with that?

Yours truly at the 2017 NAMM Show, exhibiting mediocre selfie skills

The vastness of the show is too great for me to cover completely; instead, your intrepid blogger will be focusing on our niche — music notation software and products — and I’ll plan on publishing a series of posts from NAMM so that you can follow along.

Central to the visit, I’ll be meeting with representatives from MakeMusic, Avid, and Steinberg to talk to them about their respective products, their latest news, and the road ahead. I’ll be attending the W3C Music Notation Community Group meeting on Friday, January 26 at 10:30 am, where the main agenda item will be the next-generation MNX project — perhaps the future of the MusicXML interchange format.

As time allows, I’ll visit the booths of companies in attendance:

  • AirTurn/OnSong (booth 6100)
  • Alfred Music/MakeMusic (booth 11102)
  • Avid (booth 15500)
  • Hal Leonard (booth 8910)
  • Presonus (booth 18701)
  • Sonic Scores (booth 9907)
  • Soundslice (booth 2044)
  • Virgin Musical Instruments (booth 10105)
  • Yamaha/Steinberg (Elite 3 ballroom in Marriott)

If you’re exhibiting a product at NAMM and are interested in talking about it, please get in touch. If you’ll be attending NAMM and are interested in contributing to a guest post, please let me know.


  1. Bill

    Really looking forward to your coverage Phillip!

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Bill!

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