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NAMM to Host CITES CoP18 Industry Luncheon

Christian Wissmuller • MMR GlobalUpfront • August 7, 2019

On Saturday, August 17, at the CITES (Conference on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in Geneva, Switzerland, NAMM will host a gathering of key stakeholders to gain understanding of the conservation efforts and policy complexities facing musicians and musical instrument makers. Scheduled speakers include CITES management authority officials, conservation organizations, and music industry representatives which will discuss the ongoing conservation efforts of instrument making process and permit procedures, as well as navigating the use of the CITES Musical Instrument Certificate for globally-traveling musicians. The gathering will take place on the grounds of the international meeting at the Palexpo (the conference center) and is open to all CITES CoP18 attendees.

Musical Instruments and CITES-Protected Species: Luncheon, discussion, musical entertainment 
Saturday, August 17
12:30 – 14:00
Location: Room W, Palexpo

Beginning August 1, 182 international delegations and the European Union congregated in Geneva, Switzerland for the CITES CoP18. CoP18 includes agenda items related to Dalbergia (Prop. 52 and Inf. Doc. 26), Cedrela (Prop. 57 and Inf. Doc. 27), Woolly Mammoth (Prop. 13 and Inf. Doc. 25), and the Musical Instrument Certificate (Doc. 53 and Doc. 56 and Inf. Doc. 23). The CoP18 is expected to consider new policies on each agenda item.

The luncheon is co-sponsored by the following organizations: American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada; Anafima – Brazilian Music Industry Association; The Argentinian Association of Musical Instruments Manufacture; Association of British Orchestras; The Australian Music Association; Bundesverband der deutschen Musikinstrumentenhersteller e.V.; C.F. Martin & Co.; Collings Guitars; Confederation of European Music Industries (CAFIM); Dismamusica; Fender Musical Instruments Corporation; ForestBased Solutions, LLC; French Musical Instrument Organisation (CSFI); International Alliance of Violin and Bow Makers for Endangered Species; International Association of Violin and Bow Makers; International Federation of Musicians; International Wood Products Association; Japan Musical Instruments Association; League of American Orchestras; Live Performance Australia; Madinter; Music Industries Association; National Association of Music Merchants; Orchestras Canada; Paul Reed Smith; PEARLE*; The Recording Academy; The SOMM – Society of Music Merchants e. V.; Symphony Services Australia; and Taylor Guitars.

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