NAMM added three new categories—Best Community Retail Store, Innovation Award and Customer’s Choice—to its Top 100 Dealer Awards, handed out annually at Summer NAMM in Nashville. The Top 100 Dealer Awards honor the best of the best in music retail and the Dealer of the Year.

The Customer’s Choice award is voted on by NAMM members’ consumer base. “This opportunity engages retail members’ audiences, highlighting our dealers’ social media and community reach. Each user has the chance to select their favorite retail store and recognize their excellence,” stated NAMM.

The Innovation award highlights a retail member’s commitment to excellence in innovation and ability to evolve with the times. And Best Community Retail Store celebrates MI’s mom and pop stores; single-location stores that have made their mark on their local community. “With a highlight on company culture, this honors a vital part of our retail sphere,” NAMM stated.

“As unique as the customers and locations they serve, the Top 100 honorees all have a bit in common: a commitment to excellence in music product retailing, customer service, and in acting as music champions within their communities,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. “We applaud their efforts, and those of all NAMM retail members that are creating positive and memorable shopping experiences which, in turn, help to foster the next generation of music makers.”

Summer NAMM will take place from July 18 to 20 at Nashville’s Music City Center.

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