2020 NAMM Show to Offer Five Days of Professional Development Sessions for Event Technology Professionals

Over the course of five days, The 2020 NAMM Show will set to feature a suite of educaitonal sessions for entertainment technology professionals, curated by ESTA (Entertainment Services and Technology Association), along with The Pro Production Sessions, presented by Front of House, Projection, Lights & Staging News and Stage Directions magazines, and Lighting&Sound America/PLASA.

Beginning on Wednesday, before the show opens, ESTA will offer a two-day training, “Stage Electrics: Clean, Safe Power for Audio, Video and Lighting,” presented by Richard Cadena. ESTA’s Lighting & Electrical track also offers professionals the chance to learn from world-renowned concert lighting designers Susan Rose and Daunte Kenner, and electrical experts from some of the world’s preeminent entertainment technology companies will speak on the NEC, standards, electrical safety and working with your AHJ. Other ESTA training tracks include Rigging, Safety and Lighting Networking, qualifying established professionals for free ETCP renewal credits. Presenters in the ESTA certification include Bill Sapsis, Eric Rouse, Paul Sapsis, Elmer Veithand Bruce Darden; IATSE’s Kent Jorgensen, Alan Rowe, Eddie Raymond and Joe Aldridge; and in the Lighting Networking track, Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence and PLASA), Paul Kleissler (City Theatrical) and Sam Kearney (ETC) will talk control protocols, wireless, ethernet networking, protocol troubleshooting and more. For more information, go HERE.

The Pro Production Sessions will bring the leading names in entertainment production together to delve into the forward-looking trajectory of production and entertainment technology during insightful conversations and panel presentations. Among the highlights of the Pro Production sessions will be the opportunity to hear from some of the leading creative minds working with the top musical artists out on the road today. Don’t miss “10 Years of Spectacular Creativity at Silent House,” where all four design partners—Baz Halpin, Tamlyn Wright, Cory FitzGerald and Alex Reardon—share an insightful look at their work with such artists as Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Pink, Khalid, Jennifer Lopez, The Jonas Brothers, Childish Gambino and the Py1 Pyramid: Through The Echoes project. Other must-attend sessions include the Sightline Design Group's Stan Crocker, Seth Robinson and Bobby Grey presenting “For Musicians and Managers: How to Work With Designers,” offering an in-depth discussion of the relationship between the musician and designer, as well as the questions and considerations for finding the right collaboration; and “Everything Is for Broadcast,” a talk about the challenges of designing for social media and livestreams and how to capture live shows for broadcast without hurting the live experience. Plus, Pro Production will feature two great talks sure to be full of expert advice, first with the highly acclaimed producer Kevin Lyman and then a conversation with 2019 Parnelli Visionary Award honoree Michael T. Strickland, founder and chairman of Bandit Lites.

Additional professional development opportunities include sessions from The NAMM Foundation’s GenNext, a collaboration between The NAMM Foundation and The College Music Society that brings college music students and faculty to The NAMM Show for exclusive programming with access to career and professional development opportunities, including Saturday’s Careers in Music Summit featuring trumpet soloist Jonathan Dely; Music Education Days, which offers music teachers and school administrators informative sessions, inspiring performances and the opportunity to preview the latest instruments, products and tools; and The Nonprofit Management Institute for the Foundation’s partner and grantee organizations, presenting the best practices in nonprofit administration.

To view the complete education schedule, go to

All professional development sessions will take place at the NAMM U Education Center at the Hilton Anaheim, located next door to the Anaheim Convention Center. For further information or to register for a badge to attend, go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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