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Upfront

In 2015, the NAMM Foundation will invest $600,000 in grant funding into 17 global music making programs. This year’s list of grant recipients includes community, national and industry-based organizations that provide access to quality music education and increase interest and participation in making music across the lifespan.

Read more: NAMM Foundation Grants $600,000 to Global Nonprofit Music Making and Music Education Programs

Trade Regrets

Over the weekend, MMR received the following from NAMM’s Dan Del Fiorentino regarding the passing of musician and author Guhther Schuller, who passed away on June 21:

Read more: Trade Regrets: Gunther Schuller

Supplier Scene

Underscoring its commitment to offer MI retailers the largest array of seasonally themed promotion programs, KMC Music announced the launch of its “Back-to-School Sales Bonanza,” featuring dozens of brands and hundreds of products all specially priced to generate nationwide consumer excitement during the critically important start to the fourth quarter sales season.

Read more: KMC Music Rolls Out 'Back to School Sales Bonanza' Promotion Through July 31st

Supplier Scene

“An Intimate Night Out with Neon Trees” is taking the U.S. by storm as they tour this summer using the Allen & Heath iLive T-112. Branden Campbell, bass guitarist for Neon Trees, said the iLive-T112 is a reliable piece of equipment. “The most important thing to me is consistency and to get that every night. Every venue we play is different and we are at the disposal of so many things. It’s important to have that consistency and it offers that,” Campbell said.

Read more: Neon Trees Use Allen & Heath's iLive T-112 On Tour

Trade Regrets

In mid-June the Violin Society of America announced the passing of Peter Paul Prier on June 14th. 

Read more: Trade Regrets: Peter Paul Prier

Trade Regrets

On June 9th, we received the following message from NAMM’s Dan Del Fiorentino:

Lloyd Fillio, a witness to some very important history within the band instrument companies of Elkhart, passed away yesterday at the age of 86.  

Read more: Trade Regrets: Lloyd Fillio

Trade Regrets

Dr. Alfio Leone, a well respected luthier of traditional Italian musical instruments, passed away on June 3. 

Read more: Trade Regrets: Dr. Alfio Leone

Supplier Scene

Ernie Ball has announced a new original docuseries featuring acclaimed American singer-songwriter and Ernie Ball acoustic string endorsee The White Buffalo.

Read more: Ernie Ball Presents: Capturing The White Buffalo

Upfront

Sweetwater has completed a total redesign and expansion of its Music Store, which opened on June 1st in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Read more: Sweetwater Expands and Enhances Music Store

Upfront

Cymatic Audio, effective immediately, has created its own North American distribution channel. Industry veteran Tom Sailor has been appointed as their head of operations and sales and marketing for North America. Sailor has over 15 years of distribution, sales and marketing experience and relationships and offers a vast amount of technical experience.

Read more: Cymatic Audio Goes Direct for Sales to U.S. Retailers

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