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Summer NAMM provides the ultimate educational experience on what’s working right now in music retail—brick-and-mortar, online and multichannel—July 9-11 in Nashville. NAMM U has curated 35 sessions to help music retailers hone a winning business strategy for the second half of the year and far beyond. The educational opportunities start with NAMM U’s Retail Boot Camp, leading into three-days of Breakfast Sessions and NAMM Idea Center topics designed to inspire and share practical tactics for success in the rapidly evolving music industry.

“We've had NAMM Members say that Summer NAMM’s offerings are akin to those at expensive executive retreats with high-level speakers, cutting-edge ideas and opportunities to network with industry leaders one-on-one,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “We're excited about the educational line up at Summer NAMM and believe that dealers who come to the show will benefit and be better prepared for success in the fall and holiday selling season."

Read more: Summer NAMM Empowers Industry with 35 Educational Sessions
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People

Eminence has announced the addition of music industry veteran Daniel Neves as Latin American Sales Representative.

Through his manufacturers’ representative firm, Tree Media, Neves will be selling Eminence products and marketing their OEM capabilities in Brazil, Argentina, Chile,Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Columbia.

Read more: Eminence Adds Neves to International Sales Team. >>>

Upfront

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) today announced it has received a $5 million gift from longtime donors Keith Mardak and his wife Mary Vandenberg to establish the MarVan Scholars, an extended learning day program in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). The gift is the largest donation in recent BGCGM history.

MarVan Scholars, which will launch in fall of 2015, is a five-year model designed to support a seamless learning day for MPS students, increase achievement through the use of online based tools and help expand collaboration between day-school and after-school staff. The program will be rolled out at four MPS pilot schools in the first year and end with 33 in the final year.

Read more: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Receives $5 Million Gift from Keith Mardak and Mary... >>>

People

CAD Audio has appointed Terry Dockrill as regional sales manager for the Eastern half of the United States.

A 25-year veteran of the music industry, Dockrill has held successful sales positions at St. Louis Music and Korg, among others.

Commenting on his appointment, Dockrill said, “I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of CAD Audio. Their rapid growth and longstanding position of adding value is a perfect match for my approach to sales.”

Read more: CAD Taps Dockrill As Regional Sales Manager >>>

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Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) has announced that Roger Eaton has been appointed as the company’s chief marketing director. He will report to Tom Sumner, senior vice president, YCA and takes the reins from John Shalhoup, who was recently promoted to general manager of YCA’s Pro Music Division.

Eaton is now responsible for overall Yamaha music and audio related promotion in the United States, developing and implementing new marketing strategies that ensure a cohesive Yamaha message across the company’s product lines and sales channels to strengthen and elevate brand awareness.

Read more: YCA Names Eaton Chief Marketing Director >>>

Supplier Scene

For several consecutive years, Audio-Technica has supported the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF) by serving as a sponsor of the annual AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament at Harpeth Hills Golf Course in Nashville. This year’s tournament just took place on May 14-15, with Audio-Technica hosting one of the course holes and competing as a foursome on Day 2, the “Sweetwater AudioMasters Studio Day,” focusing on the recording studio community. 

Pictured are the members of A-T’s golfing foursome. L-R: Mike Edwards, Audio-Technica vice president, product and market development; Chuck Ainlay, record producer and audio engineer; David Huff, drummer, songwriter, and producer; and Ed Cherney, engineer, mixer and producer. Photo courtesy of Clear-Com.

Read more: Audio-Technica Supports Nashville Engineer Relief Fund >>>

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Neutrik has announced the appointment of Christine Cordova to the position of regional manager. In her new capacity, Cordova will be responsible for sales activities throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. This will include Neutrik USA’s Independent Rep Firms English Technical Sales and Bridge Marketing.

Read more: Neutrik USA Appoints Cordova Regional Manager >>>

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Avedis Zildjian Company presented their 2014 “Outstanding Dealer Award” to Dale’s Drum Shop of Harrisburg, PA.   Dale’s was recognized for their sales achievements in 2014.

Zildjian CEO, Craigie Zildjian, remarked, “Our company saw solid sales growth from 2013 to 2014 thanks to the combined efforts of all our valued dealers. A special thank you goes out to Dale’s Drum Shop who particularly achieved substantial, year-on-year sales growth with our brand.” 

Read more: Zildjian Present Dealer Award to Dale's Drum Shop; Present Cymbal to Sam Ash Music >>>

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Boulder Creek announced a marketing alliance with the Remington Outdoor Company (“ROC”) to create a Remington line of acoustic guitars. 

Gary Keffer, director, media & partnerships at ROC, said, “Guitars are a natural fit for Remington, because so many outdoorsmen and women are musicians and music lovers. I can picture sitting around the campfire after a day in the field and happily strumming a Remington guitar or listening to one of my campmates play for us.”

Read more: Boulder Creek Announces New Line of Remington Series Guitars >>>

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D'Addario Woodwinds announced their artist Rhythm X Winds as the first winner of the new WGI Sport of the Arts Winds Division. Rhythm X Winds is sponsored by D'Addario Woodwinds and exclusively uses their products, including Reserve Saxophone and Clarinet reeds as well as Select Jazz reeds.

"Our relationship with Evans and D'Addario has been pivotal to the quality and consistency of our musical success," says Mike Scott, CEO of Rhythm X, Inc. "This year, with the start of our world-class WGI Winds ensemble, we sought to find products that would give us a jump start and an incredible quality of sound. D'Addario Woodwinds was exactly what we were looking for. Their huge line-up of woodwind products was well received by our cast and staff members and proved to be a huge asset to the ensemble."

Read more: D'Addario Woodwinds Artist Wins WGI Winds Division >>>

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