Top 10 NAMM Show Companies that Want to Hire Music Majors

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This post is sponsored by The NAMM Foundation.

Are you passionate about music? Stick with it. The 2017 NAMM Show is proof that the industry is alive and well and most definitely should be on your “must-do” list before graduation. While some—cough cough, your parents—may think that a music degree means an uncertain career path, they are mistaken. Send them to this article so they can see who’s waiting to hire you. If you live and breathe for music, then devoting your studies to that pursuit comes with many options by graduation. You may be destined to become a musician or composer, or you just might end up working for one of these NAMM exhibitors, who are eager to hire music students like yourself. In fact, you can meet them at The 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California January 19-22.

10. Alfred Music

Remember all your favorite music books growing up? Alfred Music has been a leader in the music education industry for nearly 100 years. With U.S. offices in LA, Miami and New York, the company hires music grads from schools nationwide. “Alfred Music offers many professional opportunities that are ideal to those whom have pursued a higher education in music such as permissions, licensing, music production (print and digital), sales, and marketing,” said Vice President of Marketing Alex Ordoñez. “For entry level positions, experience isn’t always 100% required. Alfred Music is looking for those that are continually adding value to their roles and the company as well as strong desire for music education.” Know your strengths and study up on Alfred Music. Introducing yourself could be the first step on the path to a promising career.

9. D’Addario

If you want to get involved in the process of manufacturing instruments, D’Addario might be the place for you. As one of the largest strings manufacturers in the world, this company offers you the opportunity to get in on the creation and distribution of some of the world’s finest instruments. With positions ranging from marketing to programming or web development to working with a particular instrumental department like strings or percussion, D’Addario has a place for everyone. Imagine a life of bringing the same joy you get from strumming your strings to others.

8. Samson Technologies

Maybe you’re not into old school instrumental music. Hop on the Samson Technologies train and get in on innovation and development of new broadcasting and mixing tech. Used by some of the best musicians in the world, Samson Technologies’ lines of amps, mixers, microphones and more helps bring some of your favorite music to life. Samson looks for music based professionals across specialties including musicians, engineers, sales and customer service. Why not be a part of putting the right tech in the right hands to make music for the world to enjoy?

7. KHS Music

While KHS has a full line of instruments they manufacture, their forte is in wind instruments. This global powerhouse of a manufacturer also has other brands under its umbrella too such as Jupiter brand instruments. Getting in with KHS means the opportunity for a career across several connected organizations so there will always be another step to take. Whether your interest lies in the actual manufacturing, distribution, customer service or product planning, KHS has opportunities for a range of skillsets. After all, no one wants to be stuck in one place forever.

6. SKB Cases

Almost as important as the instrument itself is the case. Every musician knows that instruments can be easily damaged if not properly protected and transported safely. This is why SKB devotes itself to the manufacture of strong and sturdy instrument cases, just as it has for the last 35+ years. Swing by the SKB exhibit at The 2017 NAMM Show to talk about protecting each musician’s pride and joy. Work for SKB and keep the world from seeing the day the music died.

5. Sennheiser

“Anyone seeking to make music a career obviously has the passion. Imagine being responsible for capturing that passion—that’s what we do every day,” said Manager Trade Marketing Americas Christopher Currier.  With 70 years in the industry, Sennheiser has grown to be a giant in the sound capturing business. Focusing on the technological aspects of the music industry allows workers to help capture the magic of music every day so that we all can enjoy it. “[We’re looking for] passion, drive, enthusiasm, knowledge (firm knowledge of what you DO know but also a confidence to admit what you DON’T know) and a strong desire to always be learning and innovating,” explained Currier. Spending your life growing in your knowledge and love for music sounds like a pretty good deal.

4. SABIAN Cymbals

Every percussionist has surely heard of SABIAN. With one of the greatest cymbal collections in the world, this company is a must see for any music students exploring The 2017 NAMM Show. Why not try to get your name in with a group so devoted to bring great sound to the world that they’ve been working at it for the last 35 years? Bring your knowledge and love for percussion to the SABIAN team and show them what you’ve got.

3. Innovative Percussion

Innovative Percussion allows you to dive into the world of manufacturing drumsticks and mallets for percussion instruments. Basically, they bring the noise. Commitment to quality and innovation drive this company, letting you potentially work with the excitement of getting to try something new every day. Finding a place in this company lets you in on the percussion innovations on the horizon in the years to come.

2. Connolly Music

From classical violinists to hardcore rockers, Connolly Music has you covered. Their products allow instrumentalists of all kinds find their sound and express their passion. They too can be found at The 2017 NAMM Show connecting with current powerhouses in the music world as well as students looking to enter it. “Ask questions, show interest and excitement,” said Customer Support Supervisor Eliza Reynolds. “The industry is ever changing and having new interests, new experiences, can benefit any company looking to grow and evolve. Having a positive energy about yourself shows a company what you’re about and that you’re looking to grow and evolve with that company.” Show your dedication and you might be rewarded. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself.

1. Yamaha

Surely Yamaha needs no introduction. After building its first organ in 1887, Yamaha was set on a path to greatness in the music industry. Arguably the biggest industry giant, Yamaha will see a lot of activity at The 2017 NAMM Show. Don’t be afraid. Introduce yourself. Show your passion and your skills. Even massive companies like this global titan are always looking for new blood. “We have around 450 employees in the US and all of these jobs can vary greatly,” said Marketing Communications Manager David Jewell. “For sales and marketing, one of the most important qualifications is if [new hires] have had some Music Retail experience. Having this experience firsthand gives candidates a much better idea of what our dealer’s needs are.” You’ve chosen to devote your life to music so show them what you’ve got. Surely you know that everyone has their own distinct sound. What’s yours?

Get inspired about your future path in music at The 2017 NAMM Show. Who knows, you may just stumble upon the career of your dreams. Nothing is more incredible than being surrounded by global music industry leaders. Registration for the NAMM GenNext college music program is just $50! Book your trip now.

This post is sponsored by The NAMM Foundation.

Kelly is a senior at the University of Florida majoring in English and Anthropology. She is highly prone to feminist rants and has an unhealthy obsession with books.

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