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Journalists of more than 100 special interest magazines from all over the world were called upon to nominate and vote for the best musical instruments and audio equipment of 2014/2015 in the 37 categories of the mipa/pipa Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound International Press Award.

The winners received their awards at a mipa/pipa awards ceremony & party held during the Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound 2015 on Thursday, April 16th. More than 300 international representatives of musical instrument and audio equipment manufacturers and distributors got together for the mipa/pipa award show, including guests from the USA, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Poland, Great Britain, Italy, France, Greece, The Netherlands, Belgium, China, Indonesia, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

Read more: D'Addario Takes Home Best Innovative Product (Musical Instruments)

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For the second consecutive year, PRS Guitars is teaming up with the Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys. As the exclusive acoustic guitar of the summer-long festival, PRS Guitars will be activating in Warped’s Acoustic Basement at 40+ concert events this summer, starting on June 17 in Anchorage, Alaska, traversing the USA, and culminating in a final concert on August 8 in Auburn, WA. PRS also has planned a special appearance at the July 18 Columbia, Maryland event where the Maryland guitar manufacturer plans to let concert goers see and play a variety of PRS Acoustic guitars including the newly introduced SE A10E and SE Alex Lifeson signature acoustics.

 “We are thankful for our partnership with PRS Guitars and recognize their involvement with, and encouragement of, young artists. Together, we are building a foundation for musicians of the future,” stated Kevin Lyman, founder and producer of the Vans Warped Tour.

Read more: PRS Named Official Acoustic Guitar of 2015 Vans Warped Tour


Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) recently appointed Dan Rodowicz, a veteran manager with three decades of music education and retail experience, to head its Institutional Solutions Group and Sales Department.

Rodowicz holds the newly created position of institutional channel manager, leading Yamaha’s team that focuses on sales, service and support for the institutional/academic community throughout the country.

Read more: Rodowicz Appointed Institutional Channel Manager of YCA


Joyful Noise Drum Company has appointed Todd Trent as their chief operating officer.

Trent brings over three decades of percussion industry experience to Joyful Noise. Having been in music retail, artist relations with Ludwig Drums, wholesale/OEM sales and marketing with Taye Drums, as well as pro touring management, he is well suited to propel Joyful Noise.  Trent has been a fan of the product, their mission and leadership team since the beginning of the company and now feels the time is right to add his abilities to such an outstanding company. 

Read more: Joyful Noise Drum Company Names Trent COO

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Jack White’s Third Man Records has now launched their own Little Third Man Electric Guitar. These come in customer black and yellow matte finishes, have a vinyl pickguard made at Nashville's United Record Pressing, a Third Man Records logo steel plate, and special packaging that includes a printed playing-guide and tablatures for "Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy,” "Black Math,” and "We're Going to Be Friends."

Read more: Jack White’s Third Man Records Launches Electric Loog Guitar Model

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JBL Professional has become the Title Sponsor for Day One (Thursday, May 14) at the 18th Annual AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament. Known as the “Live Sound Day,” as it features professionals mostly in the live sound industry, the event’s hole sponsorships are completely sold out for both May 14 and May 15, however there is still room for a few golfing foursomes on Thursday, May 14, now officially known as the “JBL Professional AudioMasters Live.”

“I have played the AudioMasters several times over the years, and it was one of the most fun-filled events I can remember,” stated Bryan Bradley, general manager at JBL Professional. “The entire Nashville audio community comes together for the AudioMasters, and JBL Professional is glad that we can participate and support such a worthwhile fundraising cause.”

Read more: JBL Title Sponsor for AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament Day One

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Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer comes to a close this month after a year-long run at The History Center in Tompkins County in Ithaca, New York. The exhibit celebrates the seminal creation of Moog modular synthesizer over 50 years ago by electronic music pioneer Robert Moog. On Saturday, May 16, 2015, a week before what would be Moog's 81st birthday, The History Center and the Bob Moog Foundation will honor Moog's life and legacy through the Bob Moog Birthday Bash, which will include performances, discussions, and presentations by notable musicians and Moog experts.

The celebration begins with a special screening of the documentary Moog at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca at 5 P.M. on Friday, May 15th. Trevor Pinch, co-author of Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer, will introduce the film. Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation, will lead a question-and-answer session afterward.

Read more: Moog Foundation Celebrates Closing of Switched-On Exhibit

Trade Regrets

Jerry Andreas of SKB Corporation got in touch with MMR to tell us of the passing of Jim Coffin on April 9th, 2015.

For more than 20 years, Jim was employed in the percussion industry, overseeing marketing, sales, education, artist activities, and product development – first for Premier Percussion then Yamaha Corporation. He served on the Board of Directors of the Percussive Arts Society, was secretary for the PAS Executive Board, and received the PAS President’s Industry Award and PAS Outstanding Supporter Award. As a clinician, soloist, conductor, and adjudicator, he appeared in more than 40 states and five Canadian provinces.

Read more: Trade Regrets: Jim Coffin

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On April 25th at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre, people came together to help raise awareness for autism at the third annual Light Up the Bluesconcert. The sold-out event was attended by celebrities including Brad Pitt, Jack Black, Christina Applegate, Gary Cole, and Amy Brenneman, and featured musical performances by Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, The White Buffalo, Chris Stills, and others. The evening ended with all the performers taking the stage to sing Neil Young’s hit “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

As part of their ongoing initiative to help raise awareness of autism, Roland donated several musical instruments that were hand-signed by the performers and included in a silent auction to benefit Autism Speaks. Autism currently affects 1 in 68 children in the United States and millions more worldwide.

Read more: Roland Supports Light Up the Blues Concert


Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is hiring its first chief marketing officer (CMO) to lead the company's global marketing strategies and initiatives. Evan Jones is tasked with building deeper consumer connections with Fender® and its portfolio of brands.

"Hiring our first CMO is another milestone in our long-term plan to continue to engage consumers in unique ways with the Fender brand. We are incredibly excited to have Evan's multi-brand experience, leadership and passion for Fender leading our strategic marketing efforts," said Scott Gilbertson, who joined Fender as interim chief executive officer in Spring 2014 after private equity firm TPG Growth invested in the company in 2012. 

Read more: Fender Adds First Ever Chief Marketing Officer

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