Australian Receives 2018 NAMM Award

Melbourne, AU - Iconic Melbourne music retailer and businessman, Bernie Capicchiano, was presented the 2018 industry award by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) for contribution to Oral History and Services.

The award recognises Bernie’s years of support and dedication to the NAMM Oral History Program and his contribution to the music products industry. In 2017 alone he coordinated the interviewing of 50 significant Australians.

In a letter of congratulations to Bernie, Elizabeth Dale from NAMM wrote, “Your enthusiasm is a shining example of the passion and innovative thinking that makes our industry great”.

NAMM announced the 2018 Award Winners in their newsletter on March 1st with this article: Each year at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, our CEO, Joe Lamond, and our Music Historian, Dan Del Fiorentino, present the NAMM Oral History Service Award. This award is presented to a person who has been a dedicated supporter of our video collection and has helped us seek, research and arrange interviews to expand the collection. In January, it was our honor to celebrate the contributions Bernie Capicchiano has provided to this important project. Thank you, Bernie!

With over 100,000 attendees, the NAMM Show is the world’s largest trade display and convention for music products.

Bernie Capicchiano was delighted to travel to Los Angeles and receive this award on January 26 2018. He began his career in music merchandising at Brash Suttons in 1973 before opening his first retail store, Bernies Music Land, in 1977. The family business continues today after 41 years. He is a Past President of the Australian Music Association and has attended almost 30 NAMM Shows.