On April 21, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi) confirmed Peavey Electronics is not closing additional plants in Mississippi, despite reports suggesting that the company was moving manufacturing operations overseas:

The Associated Press in New York reported Tuesday morning that the Meridian-based guitar amplifier and musical equipment maker was closing its remaining two manufacturing plants and shifting those jobs overseas.

The report apparently originated from a press release from PPL Group and Myron Bowling Auctioneers announcing the auction of Peavey equipment.

Read more: No Plans for Additional Plant Closings from Peavey


Guitar Center recently opened its newest retail location, a state-of-the-art musical instrument and technology center covering more than 7,000 square feet in North Kansas City, Missouri. The grand opening celebration took place at 7 p.m. on April 16 at 9188 NW Skyview Avenue, Kansas City.

Guitar Center’s Kansas City location features modern showrooms equipped with the latest products for musicians—from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. The store also provides customers with a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. 

Read more: GC Opens New Location in Kansas City

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Caption: 2015 ACM Awards Male Vocalist of the Year winner, and Audio-Technica endorser, Jason Aldean. Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images. 

Audio-Technica provided wireless solutions for the 50th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, April 19, 2015. Three Audio-Technica endorsers – Male Vocalist of the Year winner Jason Aldean, New Artist of the Year winner Cole Swindell, and New Artist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett – each performed using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System with the AEW-T6100a Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Transmitter during the course of the show.

Read more: Audio-Technica Provides Microphone Solutions for 2015 CMA's

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Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro) is preparing for the next event in the series hosted with New City, NY-based firm Audio Alchemist – a professional audio consultancy specializing in product development, training, and manufacturer support. Scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica, the next event is titled “Food / Drink / Audiospeak.” Attendees will have the chance to demo top audio gear chosen by the world’s great recording facilities. Craft beer and Thai food will be offered to all participants. To reserve your spot at this special Audio Alchemist event, call GC Pro at 877-687-5404.

GC Pro/Audio Alchemist Los Angeles/Santa Monica event:

  *   Thursday, April 23, 7-10 p.m.
  *   4th Street Recording
  *   1211 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Read more: GC Pro Supports Audio Alchemist Event


Music will fill the air on Make Music Day, June 21, as people take music into the streets, parks and plazas of 700 cities across 120 countries. Make Music Day continues to grow in North America with more than 25 U.S. and Canadian cities hosting citywide events. The daylong celebration of the original social network—music—is the perfect time for retailers and manufacturers to connect with new music makers.

With two months to go, everyone from smaller music retailers to some of the best-known names in music products and publishing including Alfred Music, Guitar World, Hal Leonard Corp., Hohner, Kala Brand Music, Making Music Magazine, C.F. Martin & Co., Yamaha and Zildjian are planning creative music making events. Many of these manufacturers are now taking their events nationwide. For example to commemorate Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Yamaha is sponsoring a roving Clavinova Piano Bar in three Make Music cities where everyone is welcome to hop on board.

Read more: Celebrate Make Music Day on June 21

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Thanks to Pearl Artist, Nate Morton and his recently released drum-cam footage, you can now experience the thrill of banging away to the millions of viewers that tune into the NBC show, The Voice. The footage shows Nate performing the Sting classic, “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” during Monday’s Top 12 Elimination Round, backing show competitor Brian Johnson. 

Read more: Nate Morton Shares Drum-Cam Footage from The Voice


Russia’s only international music-trade exhibition and its biggest international trade fair for event production technology expands product platforms and professional development opportunities as the show returns to Moscow’s Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre, September 10-13, 2015. The fourth edition of NAMM Musikmesse Russia, an international fair for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and music business connections and Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia, an international fair of technologies and services for events, installation and production, offer new opportunities for every aspect of the music industry. Russian and CIS music product retailers, distributors, educators, theatre and production professionals, and musicians will find programming tailored for their specific interests. Globally known brands along with public and private supporters are already on board for the September event, indicating that NAMM Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia 2015 are on track to be the largest gathering yet.

Read more: 2015 NAMM Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia


Messe Frankfurt recently sent out the following press release. While it’s admirable that the organization is seeking new ways to keep the annual gathering afloat, what the news amounts to is that Musikmesse will now be a consumer show and not a trade-only event. Interesting…:

Messe Frankfurt will continue to hold Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt am Main. Every April, well over 100,000 people from all over the world visit the two fairs. Together, Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound form the world’s biggest market place for musical instruments and sheet music, as well as event technology and integrated systems. However, the market for musical instruments has become more difficult due, inter alia, to changed leisure-time activities and declining purchasing power. To take account of this, Messe Frankfurt has been working for some time on a new concept designed to ensure the future of Musikmesse.

Read more: ‘New Concept’ for Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound in 2016

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Fender unveiled the Fender Accelerator Tour, a new initiative that provides emerging musicians the support and resources they need to grow their fan base and promote their music.

Extending through June, the Fender Accelerator Tour is made up from a diverse collection of musicians on tours throughout the U.S. and Canada including: Night Terrors of 1927; Priory; Matthew Curry; Marmozets, Deap Vally and Waters, with several others to be announced. Each band is receiving tour support including a customized 15-passenger touring van, promotional and marketing support, and Fender gear, including electric and acoustic guitars, basses, amps, and accessories. Fender is also covering all fuel and vehicle maintenance needs.

Read more: Fender Launches Accelerator Tour

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Sennheiser lit up the Juno Awards of 2015, held at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton last month. The Juno Awards, which represent the pinnacle of Canadian recognition for technical and artistic achievement in music, were broadcast on CTV Television Network and hosted by Jacob Hoggard, lead singer of pop-rock group Hedley. Hedley are regular users of Sennheiser products, and were honored with three nominations including ‘Album of the Year’ for Wild Life.

Read more: Sennheiser Delivers At Juno Awards

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