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NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond to Deliver Keynote at 4th IMC World Forum on Music

Paris/Bonn/Tallinn, August 4, 2011 - The organisers of the 4th IMC World Forum on Music are pleased to announce that NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond will be presenting a keynote address at the 4th IMC World Forum on Music on Thursday, September 29, 2011.

In keeping with the overall conference theme of "Music and Social Change," Lamond will address the role of commerce and the music products industry to create access to music making for people of all ages and NAMM’s ongoing music education advocacy efforts.

Since 2001, Joe Lamond has been president and CEO of NAMM, the global not-for-profit trade association representing 9,000 manufacturers and retailers of musical instruments and sound products. NAMM’s mission is to strengthen the music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. Lamond leads a team of dedicated NAMM employees towards accomplishing its mission by reinvesting proceeds from the annual NAMM Show, the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products industry, into grants and programs that expand access to music education and increase active music making.

Under Lamond’s leadership, NAMM created NAMM International, LLC to better serve its growing global membership; partnering on the Music China trade show in Shanghai and collaborating with Messe Frankfurt to launch the NAMM Musikmesse Russia trade show in Moscow. Lamond directed the formation of an International Coalition, which now includes representatives from 20 of the world's largest markets to share industry best practices and support global music education for all children.

He also led NAMM to create the NAMM Foundation, a non-profit organization to serve as the philanthropic arm of the association and to raise funds to support NAMM’s mission. Over the past 10 years, NAMM and the NAMM Foundation have reinvested nearly $80 million dollars in support of its mission and to promote music making for people of all ages.

Lamond has traveled extensively throughout the United States and to more than 40 countries promoting NAMM’s mission and the importance of music education. Speaking at conferences, in front of government leaders and education policy experts, he has made a strong case for the proven benefits of music making throughout the lifespan and for increasing attention on the power of music and the arts as tools of creativity and innovation, health and wellness and cultural diplomacy to resolve conflict and bring people and countries closer together.

"NAMM is honored to support this gathering and is grateful for our ongoing participation with the International Music Council, which provides a forum for international dialogue and diplomacy for everyone dedicated to music making," Lamond said. "I look forward to the gathering in Tallinn this September, and communicating the vision and mission of the music products industry that joins with the noble goals of IMC to support and expand the right of all to learn and make music."

IMC presents its World Forum on Music (WFM) as a global knowledge-building platform on music and society in the 21st century, which explores a variety of topics from diverse perspectives: cultural, political and economical. The IMC World Forum on Music is considered one of IMC’s main contributions to setting the stage for the celebration of music in the world. At this year’s 4th edition, speakers and participants from six continents will discuss the correlation between music and social change. The forum is part of the Tallinn 2011 European Capital of Culture program.

Registration is open at www.worldforumonmusic.org!

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