• The NAMM Show

NAMM & The NAMM Foundation

The Museum of Making Music is a Division of the NAMM Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, is a not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry.  

Founded in 1901 as the National Association of Piano Dealers of America, the organization was later renamed to NAMM in 1919 to exemplify the broader scope that it served.  Today, the association — and its trade shows — serve as a hub for people wanting to seek out the newest innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound and lighting. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

The NAMM Foundation is a supporting organization of NAMM that advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.  Founded in 2006, The NAMM Foundation represents the generosity and philanthropy of the music products industry and is funded through trade association activities and donations.  The primary roles of the foundation include:

  • Creating Music Making Opportunities for People of All Ages
    The Foundation funds life-changing music making and music education experiences for thousands of people of all ages and levels of experience. From school children to wounded warriors and the elderly, these programs bring inspiration, education, healing and hope to a diverse array of music makers.

  • Funding Groundbreaking Music Research
    The Foundation has taken a global leadership role in funding scientific research on the mental, physical and emotional benefits of music making. We then promote the results of this groundbreaking research through the media, helping to validate the importance of music at every stage of life.

  • Advocating for Music Education
    Music and the arts are vital to every child's education. The NAMM Foundation's SupportMusic Coalition offers tools and resources that validate the importance of music in the schools and help grow community support when tight budgets threaten music education programs.

For seated events that take place at the Museum, the venue is divided into two seating areas: Premium and General. Premium Seating comprises the first several rows of seats for guests who wish to sit closer to the stage. General Seating completes the remaining available space. Seating capacity for the venue is limited to 150 guests.

For seated events at the Museum, the seating format is open seating (first-come, first-served) within each designated seating area unless otherwise specified. Reserved seating is available as a benefit through the Museum's Listening & Visionary Track Membership programs.

Will call check-in typically begins one hour before the start of an event. Seating begins roughly one half-hour before the event start time.

No outside food or beverage is allowed in the Concert Venue or in the Museum Galleries.

If you have any accessibility concerns or requirements, please contact our staff at (760) 304-5844 with seating requests or accommodation questions.

Most (but not all) concert events will have a brief intermission. During this time, the Museum Galleries and Gift Shop will be open for guests to visit.

The Museum does not maintain a wait list for sold out events, and we cannot guarantee that a seat will open up after an event has sold out. We recommend purchasing tickets well in advance to ensure you have a seat for a particular event. Subscribe to our eMail list to stay informed about upcoming concerts!

All ticket sales are final. If you cannot use a ticket for an upcoming event, please consider donating your ticket back to the Museum of Making Music. Tickets may be transferred to another guest or donated back to the museum anytime up to 24 hours in advance of an event by calling (760) 304-5844. Tickets cannot be donated back to the museum after an event has already begun or has passed.

Listening to sounds at an excessive volume over prolonged periods of time can damage hearing. Though the Museum attempts to maintain control over concert volume levels, there are instances when performances can achieve high volume levels. The Museum makes hearing protection available in the form of complimentary foam ear plugs. These can be obtained at any time upon request.