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Chauvet “went blue” to help fight a disorder that affects 1 in 68 babies born in the U.S. every year, and the company, along with PLSN editor and noted LD Nook Schoenfeld, is hoping that other lighting industry members  join in this effort. On March 30, the company lighted its headquarters in Florida, as well as its facilities in the United Kingdom and Belgium, a bright royal blue to kick off the week leading up to World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

A longtime advocate of autism research and care, Schoenfeld was instrumental in getting the upper floors of the Empire State Building illuminated blue a few years ago as part of the “Light It Up Blue” campaign to draw attention to the disorder on Autism Awareness Day.  “The organization Autisms Speaks came up with the idea of lighting landmark buildings blue on Autism Awareness Day to raise awareness of the disorder,” he said. “I’ve been a big supporter throughout.”

Read more: Chauvet Lights It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

Upfront

Guitar Center recently announced the grand opening of its newest retail location, a state-of-the-art musical instrument and technology center covering 12,000 square feet in Columbia, South Carolina. The grand opening took place at 7 p.m. on April 9 at 253 Park Terrace Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29212.  

Guitar Center’s Columbia 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: New GC in Columbia, S.C.

Upfront

Gibson Brands has acquired HarmonyCentral.com. According to Gibson CEO and chairman Henry Juszkiewicz, “The industry needs a neutral, entertaining, informative site where musicians can exchange opinions and knowledge, ask questions, get answers, be controversial, and have a great experience. Harmony Central will not be a ‘Gibson site’; we already have that. Think of it as Gibson providing a place to throw a party, and everyone—musicians, the industry, competitors, educators, anyone involved in music and sound—is invited and welcome.”

Read more: Gibson Brands Acquires HarmonyCentral.com

Trade Regrets

On April 12, MMR received the following from NAMM’s Dan Del Fiorentino:

Denver Spence joined the music industry in 1968 after having been involved with his school marching bands and school band programs since he was in elementary school.  He worked as a school road rep for Jenkins Music in Kansas City for two years before opening his own retail store in Ada, Oklahoma. Spence Music Company focused on school music as did a side business he created, Ban-Kor, which produced school band uniforms and accessories.  After closing the store in 1982, Denver worked for several manufacturers including Leblanc, as a sales rep, and CG Conn and UMI as a District Manager.  After running his own rep firm for a decade, Denver was hired by Gemeinhardt as a consultant for two years before his retirement in 2007.

Read more: Trade Regrets: Denver Spence

Supplier Scene

As part of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) on April 2, 2015, Roland U.S. joined thousands of landmarks, religious institutions, businesses, and communities in more than 130 countries, as Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, celebrated its sixth annual Light It Up Blue campaign — an ongoing initiative to raise the global awareness of autism. Autism currently affects 1 in 68 children in the United States and millions more worldwide.

In solidarity with those afflicted with autism worldwide, Roland U.S. lit up their social media sites in blue, provided the URL for donations, and encouraged participation from their fans. Roland U.S. employees also wore blue t-shirts and apparel to work on Thursday.

Read more: Roland Supports National Autism Awareness Day

Supplier Scene

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios Ballroom on the west side of downtown Chicago, DPA Microphones, Lectrosonics, and Sound Devices will host the Sound Summit, Chicago, the second of many being planned throughout the U.S. as an informal mixing and discussion event for the audio community. 

The event will be held from 3 pm to 8 pm, with short informational presentations from each of the manufacturers from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, followed by food, refreshments, and social time. Presentations by location sound practitioners will take place from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Representatives from all three companies will be available throughout the event to discuss the best practices for utilizing all three brands during a production.

Read more: DPA Microphones, Lectrosonics, and Sound Devices to Host Second Sound Summit Event

People

Full Compass Systems has announced that Cristin Livezey has expanded her role to vice president of Finance and Procurement. In addition to managing the company’s financial accounting, Cristin will now manage the Purchasing department as well.

Livezey joined Full Compass as a corporate controller in 2008 and helped to drive initiatives resulting in record sales. In 2010, she was promoted to vice president of Finance and has since been dedicated to deepening outside financial relationships, optimizing internal processes and controls, and managing cash flow to achieve profitable growth for the company.  

Read more: Full Compass Names Livezey Vice President

People

Line 6, Inc. has announced Marcus Ryle has assumed the role of president, effective April 1, 2015. His appointment completes some planned organizational changes following the purchase last year by Yamaha, coordinated and led by president and CEO Paul Foeckler.

“I have been privileged to lead Line 6, especially through the most important transition period in its history, all while keeping innovation alive and at the core of the company,” says Foeckler. “I’m especially proud of the company’s launch of AMPLIFi that revolutionized the amplifier market, as well as our first collaboration with Yamaha – the Variax Standard. We have continued to build on a great brand, and Line 6 is extremely well positioned for the future now as a part of Yamaha.  I am confident that Marcus will lead the organization to even greater heights.”

Read more: Line 6 Names Ryle President

Supplier Scene

ISP Technologies has been selected as the Featured Manufacturer of the Week for the Proud to Manufacture in Michigan program.

Upfront

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) has announced that it is forming the Professional Audio division to provide a stronger, more unified presence in the live sound, recording, and sound installation markets.

Alan Macpherson, a 27-year Yamaha veteran with a solid background in marketing a broad range of Yamaha musical instruments, commercial audio, live sound, and recording products, will lead a dedicated team of professional and commercial audio specialists in the new division. He will report directly to Tom Sumner, senior vice president of YCA.

Read more: Yamaha Forms Professional Audio Division

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