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SUMMARY: At the 2008 NAMM Conference, NAMM president and CEO, Joe Lamond, presented Kathy Peck with their "Believe In Music" 20-year achievement award in recognition of her work in hearing conservation and education with H.E.A.R.®. Peck was interviewed by long-time supporter, Future Sonics founder and president, Marty Garcia, for an upcoming video presentation commemorating her award for the NAMM Oral History video and historical archive.

San Francisco, CA -- January 28, 2008 – Kathy Peck, co-founder and executive director of H.E.A.R.®, was honored for her more than two decades of dedicated service to the music industry as a recipient of the "Believe In Music" twenty-year achievement award from the NAMM organization during the 2008 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Peck's ongoing efforts promoting hearing education and safety reflect her commitment to helping those in need, as well as giving attention to the challenges facing the music industry and consumers, alike. 

Working with only charitable donations and public contributions to fund her non-profit organization, Peck has gained the support of many of the industry's top performers, including music legends Pete Townsend, Herbie Hancock and many others. "I'm so grateful to be honored by Joe Lamond and everyone at NAMM. The real work is still ahead of us," responds Peck whose supporters also include businesses, manufacturers, vendors and educators. 

Marty Garcia, founder and president of Future Sonics, interviewed Kathy Peck for the NAMM Oral History historical video archives immediately following the presentation of the award further commemorating the occasion. According to Garcia, "Kathy [Peck] gives hearing conservation a voice that comes from her own real experience and she surrounds herself with the experts who provide excellent resources through her organization." 

Some of Kathy Peck's achievements:
TEC Foundations Charitable Auctions
Billy Laymon Support Auction
Dirk Dirksen Memorial
H.E.A.R.® exhibit at The Exploratorium Museum
MusiCares® Health Fair Partnerships
Creating the San Francisco Ear Plug Ordinance
The Energizer "It's Hip to Hear™" Campaign
H.E.A.R.® - MTV Education & Awareness Campaigns
H.E.A.R.® Research Survey Study collaborating with NARAS, Shure and The National Organization for Hearing Research.
PSA campaigns with Carson Daly, Missy Elliott, Chuck D, Green Day, George Clinton, Perry Farrell, Herbie Hancock, Spinal Tap, Lars Ulrich, and many others.
H.E.A.R.® Programs for Education
H.E.A.R.® Hearing Conservation Workshops
and many others

Kathy Peck appears in features by:
Newsweek magazine
The New York Times
Prevention magazine
US News and World Report
Time magazine 
CBS News
Wired News
Fox News
Mix magazine
PBS Television
VH-1 Rock 'n Roll Jeopardy
and more

Kathy Peck has announced plans for a special anniversary concert for later this year. H.E.A.R.® will announce the details of the event at a later time.

About H.E.A.R.®
Founded in 1988, H.E.A.R.® (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians and music fans through education and grassroots advocacy. With support from the music industry, musicians, audiologists, physicians, hearing health organizations, health manufacturers and individual donors, H.E.A.R. is helping to raise awareness of the real dangers of repeated exposure to excessive noise levels from music. The H.E.A.R. Partners™ program is a national network of certified hearing professionals who support H.E.A.R.'s mission. H.E.A.R.® delivers information on hearing loss and tinnitus to people worldwide via HEARNET.COM, public service campaigns, educational programs and distributes hearing protection to thousands of people at events annually. For more information please visit http://www.hearnet.com/ or call (415) 409-EARS (3277).

About NAMM
NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit http://www.namm.org/ or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).
About NAMM Oral History

NAMM's Oral History Project was started in June 2000 in an effort to capture and preserve videotaped interviews of some of the music products industry's greatest contributors. NAMM hopes these interviews with music products pioneers and leaders will inspire and inform future generations.
Interview subjects were selected from the entire breadth of the industry and include instrument designers and innovators, corporate founders and leading performers whose taste and purchasing decisions shaped the public's buying habits. http://www.namm.org/resource-center/oral-history-project

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PHOTO: Pictured Joe Lamond, CEO of NAMM (L) with Kathy Peck,
Co-Founder and Executive Director of  H.E.A.R.® (R) at the H.E.A.R. booth during the 2008 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA for the presentation of the "Believe In Music" twenty-year achievement award.


H.E.A.R. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing hearing loss
and tinnitus in musicians, music fans, and music industry workers. Since
1988, we've raised awareness of the dangers of excessive sound levels;
we've distributed earplugs to many thousands of people annually; our
volunteers have tested the hearing of music industry workers; and we've
trained educators on hearing protection. We've accomplished this with the
support of the music industry, musicians, audiologists, physicians, hearing
health organizations, health manufacturers and individual donors.

Our H.E.A.R. Partners ™ Program is a national network of hearing
professionals who support our mission. We've delivered vital information on
hearing loss and tinnitus to over a million people through
www.HearNet.com, public service campaigns, and
educational programs. For a free online hearing test, or to find a H.E.A.R. Partner audiologist near you, please visit www.HearNet.com.


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