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Here is the Booth layout diagram. There is not a bad booth in the house. Fire codes are strict about the aisle width and there will be a fire marshal inspector coming through at intervals with an 8 ft. pole to measure, so please stay within your perimeter. Piping and draping is available to rent and, though not required, your banners and signage cannot be attached by tape, pins, nails, clips, etc. to the interior walls or posts. Bring proper supplies to support your signage if you are not renting pipe and drape or bringing your own back drop. There is an electrical rental fee paid to the venue and cords are not supplied. Bring your own extension cords. The room is well lit and the acoustics are good.
September 1, 2012 Exhibitors and raffle donors confirmed by this date listed in national press, 130,000 emails sent out to 130,000 drummers. All exhibitors registered after this date will be included in any subsequent press before the show and the post show publicity.
September 27, 2012 Booth fees deadline, but we really need your payment by the first of September. Unpaid booths will lose reservation
September 15, 2012 Show Program deadline; advertising, exhibitor listing, and raffle prize listing/logo in show program needs to be in by this date.
The Jam Session outside stage is for performances by exhibitors' endorsers, drummers competing in a drum set solo contest , and a jam session house band of Nashville Professionals for drummers who want to sit in and jam. It runs the same hours as the exhibit hall, 10 to 5. If you have a performer you would like to showcase at this stage please call George and discuss. There is no renumeration for this; we provide the venue, the crowd and the gear, you provide the noise.
There is a great restaurant with a full kitchen in the building. All food is prepared from scratch on site and it's really, really good home cooking, made from scratch. The menu ranges from burgers and barbecue to healthy salads and good old southern "Meat and Three".
The hotels I am recommending are not real close to the fairgrounds but not very far away. You don't want to stay downtown (expensive) or near the fairgrounds (unsafe, though the fairgrounds are safe). These are all about a ten to fifteen minute drive to the venue at the most. We do not have a "Drum Show" rate. The rates here are corporate rates or orbitz/priceline rates. I suggest you book through them.
Load in is from 3 until 8 on Friday September 28th, the day before the show. If there is no way for you to make that load in time, you can load in just before the show on Saturday morning at 9 but I advise against it if you have more merchandise than can be schlepped in an hour.
Exhibit hall hours are from 10 to 5 both days. Please call me if you need to load in Saturday morning. VIP ticketed customers are allowed in during load-in to get first dibs on the merchandise. I suggest that you ask the VIP customers to leave the goods in your booth with their name on it as sold until the end of the day.
Load Out is at 5:00 on Sunday. We will allow NO ONE to tear down or move out prior to this time. This has been a problem not only at our show but at other shows and we are clamping down this year. It is not fair to those attendees who pay for tickets from 10 to 5:00 on Sunday or to the other exhibitors whose business it interrupts. We have scheduled the concerts and clinics after the show hours so you can attend them and so they don't interrupt your business either.
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These are the winning numbers for the door prizes at the Nashville Drum Show. If there are no numbers below a prize then that prize was one by someone at the actual drawing on the last night of the show, and it has already been claimed.
To prevent theft and shoplifting , all merchandise sold or given away will have to be accompanied by a receipt from the seller in order for the attendee to leave the building with it. Bring receipt books please or you will have to accompany the customer to the door. Any gear coming into the building after doors are open will need to be tagged as personal property or as a delivery to an exhibitor.
No equipment is provided in the booths. You many bring your own or rent from the facility. Tables, chairs, pipe and drape, electrical drops and wall outlets and other options are available for rent from the venue and are noted on the online application that you will fill out. Wireless internet is free. Electrical plugs and drops have to be rented from the venue. (sorry not our call) Booths on the walls can rent a $15 outlet and booths not on the wall must rent a $25 drop plug. You must put in your order for rental equipment by 9/26. If you order it the day of, the prices are steeper. Fees for rentals are not due in advance but must be paid before setting up. All of these are listed in the exhibitor agreeement.
There will be two evenings of performances at the 2012 Nashville Drum Show. Exhibitor badges get you in free. General public; FREE with regular $15 show admission; or $30 Reserved Seat/admission. You may also purchase a VIP Pass which includes admission to the show for both days + preferred seating for both entertainment events.
We all know how irritating and rude it can be for drummers to wail away at full volume making it impossible for the other exhibitors to talk and do business. Do not schedule your employees or endorsers to perform in your booth. You can schedule that kind of performance on the outside Jam Session stage. We are looking for Manufacturers/builders to provide kits for that stage- another great way to show your wares.
A new feature this year. If you just want to display but not sell your collectable vintage drums, you do not have to buy a booth. Just call and reserve a spot at the Museum, buy your regular admission ticket at the door or in advance, and you can leave your drums with the Museum supervisor (Brian Hill of On The Ropes) or stay with them in the booth and present them - This is a non-commercial museum for those who want to proudly display their vintage instruments to the public.