NAMM invites music product retailers worldwide to stand up and take a bow as the fifth annual Top 100 Dealer Awards nominations open. Retailers can now enter in seven “Best of” categories, for Dealer of the Year and to be named one of the world’s Top 100 Dealers. The Awards, which applaud excellence and innovation in music products retailing will be presented Friday, July 10 during Summer NAMM in Nashville.

Read more: 2015 NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards


LOUD Technologies has announced the appointment of Sean Humphries to the position of sales director, APAC Region, and Craig Lewis to the position of sales director, U.S. National Accounts.

Lewis comes to LOUD after more than a decade with Music Group, where he held a number of sales and support positions. His career has also included positions with IK Multimedia, Steinberg, and Yamaha.

Read more: LOUD Technologies Announces Two New Sales Directors

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Casio America, Inc is proud to celebrate the winner of the fourth installment of Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter artist discovery program. Lanita Smith of Memphis, TN competed for the grand prize on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 4 Grand Finals at the Troubadour in West Hollywood along with four other talented singer-songwriters. As a sponsor of this program, Casio awarded all five finalists a Casio Privia digital piano to further perfect their musical skills.

Read more: Casio Celebrates Lanita Smith

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Solid State Logic is pleased to announce the appointment of Set Square as its live console partner in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company, owned and operated by Dave Lee, who has worked in the Dubai live industry for over 15 years, has purchased an SSL Live. L300 for rentals and will handle distribution of both the L300 and L500 throughout the UAE.

Read more: SSL Appoints Set Square to Lead Live Console Sales in UAE

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Sail aboard the world's oldest active sailing ship, and a national historical landmark to celebrate 40 years of crafting American made banjos in San Diego! Deering Banjos is proud to be partnering with the San Diego Music Foundation to bring about this celebration. Proceeds from this event will go to music in the schools programs around San Diego County.

It is a rare occurrence to have a public concert aboard the Star of India. Deering is thrilled to bring the Kruger Brothers back to San Diego to headline for this memorable night.

Read more: Deering Benefit Concert on Star of India


Full Compass Systems has announced that Michelle Grabel-Komar has accepted the leadership role of vice president of sales, and will be overseeing the company’s vertical sales channels.  Grabel-Komar will take advantage of her years of knowledge both within Full Compass and in her industry experience by heading up the Sales Department along with our new Sales Management team.

Read more: Full Compass Names Grabel-Komar as Vice President of Sales

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U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) met with Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) senior management on a number of common-interest topics, including west coast port labor negotiations and the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind.

Yamaha representatives first met with the 12-term congressman last year as part of the National Association of Music Merchant’s (NAMM) annual music education advocacy Fly-In held in Washington, DC.

Following a tour last week of the music product company’s campus in Buena Park, Rep. Royce sat down with YCA President Hitoshi Fukutome and Senior VPs Tom Sumner, Rick Young and Brian Jemelian to discuss important topics that are affecting all musical instrument manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

Read more: Congressman Royce Meets with Yamaha


SABIAN has announced that effective immediately, sales and distribution of SABIAN cymbals and accessories in the U.S. will be handled exclusively by SABIAN Ltd.

SABIAN president and CEO Andy Zildjian comments: “This is absolutely the right time in our history to engage directly on all levels with our valued partners in the U.S. It allows us to take direct control of the message, relationships and brand focus in our largest market. This is the beginning of a very exciting time for all of us in the SABIAN family and we look forward to working closer with our retail partners for many years to come.”

Read more: SABIAN to Sell Direct to Retail in the U.S.


Orange Amplification has announced the promotion of James Deacon to European sales manager and the appointment of Marcus Mills to UK sales executive. These new promotions and appointments will further strengthen and support the recent growth of Orange in Europe.

James Deacon has been working with Orange Amplification since 2011 when he joined as an Internal UK sales executive. Just over a year later he was promoted to UK sales executive and now becomes European sales manager, retaining full responsibility for UK sales. Since Deacon joined Orange Amplification he has played a significant part in the growth of Orange in the UK. Deacon says, “I am proud to have been offered the European sales manager role for Orange after nearly four years with the company. I’m really looking forward to helping grow the brand even further and ensure we deliver the best service possible to our partners worldwide.”

Read more: Orange Promotes Deacon and Appoints Mills

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Beginning January 2015 Kala Brand Music Co™ will include Aquila™ strings on all ukuleles in the company’s Makala™ and Ukadelic™ series. Aquila strings have been standard on the company’s Kala ukuleles since 2005.

The Makala Brand is the very popular and award winning entry level ukulele series by Kala, which is now in its tenth year of production. The Makala series includes multi-color dolphin and shark bridge ukuleles, Ukadelic™, Mahogany, Makala Packs, and the new Makala Waterman series.   

Aquila Corde Armoniche SRL is the manufacturer of fine gut and synthetic musical strings and is based in Vicenza Italy.

Read more: Kala To Feature Aquila Strings On All Models

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