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Left to right: Jordan Prather of Cloud Microphones, U.S. Commercial Service International Trade Specialist Christina Parisi, Cloud Microphones founder Rodger Cloud, and Tucson, Arizona mayor Jonathan Rothschild.On May 16  of this year, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker  presented Tucson, Arizona-based Cloud Microphones with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. business entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

Read more: With Navajo Craftsmanship, Cloud Microphones Receives Presidential “E” Award

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Musical Innovations, NAMM’s 2015 Top 100 Dealer of the Year, is expanding, in order to continue providing its trademark exemplary service to schools and families in the Southeast.

Read more: Musical Innovations Adds Staff, Affiliate Stores

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 From left: Roger H. Brown and Richard Ortner, Photocredit: Dana Rudick (Boston Globe)

Berklee College of Music disclosed that its merger with The Boston Conservatory is official and they are effectively one institution as of June 1, 2016.

Read more: Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory Merger

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For the latest incarnation of the Cream series, which featured DJs John O’Callaghan, Bryan Kearney and Will Atkinson, Justlite’s John McGuinness turned the cavernous T13 urban sports complex into a warmer club-like setting with help from a collection of fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

Read more: John McGuinness Creates Intense Club Atmosphere at Belfast Cream Event

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Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses) kit.Guns N' Roses kick off their highly anticipated 25-date "Not In This Lifetime" Tour on June 23, 2016 in Detroit, MI. Vater Drumstick Artist Frank Ferrer is behind the drum kit with Guns N' Roses and is using the Vater Power 5B drumstick model, Buzz Kill Dampening Gels , Drink Holder , Multi-Pair Stick Holder and Double Marching Quiver Bag.

Read more: Guns N' Roses "Not In This Lifetime" Tour Employs Vater Gear

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Wartburg from the balcony.How can performing venues stretch their acoustic potential, to better host a variety of events? Attendees to the International Association of Venue Managers’ VenueConnect show in Minneapolis, Minnesota (July 23-26, 2016) can hear firsthand about advancements in active acoustics technology. Representatives from Wenger and Lexicon will discuss a world-premiere installation at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, on July 25 at 11:00 a.m. 

Read more: Wenger & Lexicon Highlight Active Acoustics at IAVM’s VenueConnect Show

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The wireless spectrum reallocation — which is underway through a process called the 'incentive auction' — will have a direct impact on thousands of wireless microphone users across the country. As a global manufacturer of microphones and wireless systems, Sennheiser is committed to supporting its customer base through its support channels and relentless product innovation — including the recently announced A1 range, a new frequency variant for its popular evolution wireless ew 100 G3 and ew 300 IEM G3 series.

Read more: Sennheiser Stands by Wireless Microphone Users in Light of Pending Spectrum Reallocation

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Seattle presented 38 artists in 27 city parks, in addition to countless performances created independently around town for Make Music Day. Fourteen of the city venues featured MackieFreePlay or Reach portable professional PA systems.

Read more: Seattle Makes Music with Mackie

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Reverb.com reports that flipping gear to make music and money is a growing trend among musicians.

Read more: Reverb.com Reports 20% of Used Pedal Sales are “Flips”

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The work of the National String Project Consortium (NSPC) has been recognized with a $40,000 grant from The NAMM Foundation.

Read more: NAMM Foundation Awards NSPC $40,000 Grant

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