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American Music & Sound has retained Jeff Dunmire to be its nation sales manager as a part of AM&S’ recent acquisition of the distribution for Kurzweil Home Pianos. Dunmire, a veteran of over 30 years in the keyboard space, has been involved with the Kurzweil brand since 2014, and previously from 1994 to 2009. He has held sales and product management positions with brands such as Casio, Arp, Korg and Behringer. “We are extremely pleased that Jeff is with us as we begin our new partnership with Kurzweil. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the digital home keyboard market. Our industry leading sales and distribution capabilities will be further enhanced by Jeff’s expertise,” commented American Music and Sound’s president Lynn Martin.

Read more: Veteran Kurzweil Sales & Product Manager Joins AM&S Team


MMR received the following from Guitar Center's recently appointed Executive VP of Marketing, Michael Amkreutz, on January 29th:

Dear colleagues, associates and friends in the industry

After a comprehensive evaluation of our staffing levels, including a detailed benchmarking of staffing levels by function and department compared to similar size specialty retailers, Guitar Center’s leadership team made the difficult decision to reduce corporate and field supervision staff. The reduction included less than one percent of the overall workforce and consisted of reductions at the corporate offices in Westlake Village and field management positions. This action was designed to create a more effective and efficient organization and was based on functional area. Despite this reduction, we continue to actively recruit for a variety of positions in Westlake Village that are matched with the needs of our ongoing growth plans.


Read more: Statement from New GC Executive VP Regarding Staff Movements

Don Johnson Awards

One of today’s most passionate, effective advocates for music making and music education, Mary Luehrsen has directly impacted – for the better – the lives of so many who participate in, support, or simply appreciate the culture of music in contemporary American society. A former professional flutist, a veteran music teacher, and currently the executive director of the NAMM Foundation, hers has been a life shaped and defined by a love of the positive impact that music can have on individuals and communities.

Read more: Mary Luehrsen – An Advocate For All


The Board of Directors of Manhasset Specialty Company has announced the hiring of Dan Roberts as president and general manager to replace Barry Heid, who is retiring from that position after a very successful career of 16 years working with the company.

Roberts, joins Manhasset with many years of experience in the music industry, most notably with Musicorp and KMC Music.  Barry Heid comments, “All of the employee-owners at Manhasset and the Board are excited to have someone with Dan’s experience join the team!  We think the future is very bright for Manhasset under Dan’s leadership.”

Read more: Manhasset Specialty Names Roberts President and General Manager

Supplier Scene

At the AES Convention in November, G-Technology unveiled a $5 million strategic partnership with Hal Leonard to exclusively distribute G-Technology external storage solutions replete with complimentary Gobbler subscriptions. The deal goes into effect immediately and covers the MI trade in the US and Canada.

With a common goal of delivering innovative solutions for creative professionals, G-Technology and Gobbler are solving some of the most challenging issues in storage and collaboration by developing technology that improves security and efficiency, and simplifies pro audio workflow.

Read more: Hal Leonard Deal with G-Technology


Backun Musical Services Ltd., manufacturer of world-renowned clarinets and woodwind accessories has signed an agreement for the exclusive distribution of its products in China. The recent agreement caps a year of unprecedented growth for the company, based in Burnaby, BC, Canada.

Backun Musical has partnered with Sodiam Co. Ltd., based in Beijing, China. Previously the exclusive distributor of Buffet Crampon products in China, Sodiam will leverage its vast dealer, artist and educator network to bring Backun clarinets and accessories to its economically diverse and growing market.

Read more: Backun Partners with Sodiam for Exclusive Distribution in China


Yamaha's John Schauer, Nithin Cherian, and Tom Sumner recieve the trophy for "Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year" from MMR executive editor Christian Wissmuller - one of four Dealers' Choice Awards won by the company this past December.


Robert Clyne of Clyne Media with Guitar Center's vice president of communications & corporate affairs Christopher Ian Bennett and newly appointed EVP of merch, marketing, and ecomm Michael Amkreutz.


MMR publisher Terry Lowe presents NAMM's Mary Luehrsen with the Don Johnson Industry Service Award in Anaheim on Saturday afternoon.


At its Annual Meeting of Members, held January 24 during the 2015 NAMM Show, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) named eight new music industry professionals to its board of directors. The NAMM Board provides leadership, counsel and direction to NAMM, the NAMM Foundation, and the global music products industry.

In welcoming the eight incoming industry leaders, chairman Larry Morton expressed his confidence in the expertise and dedication of the new directors. “We are delighted to welcome these successful and respected professionals to the NAMM Board,” said Morton. “They represent a diverse cross-section of our NAMM Membership and they will bring their unique market perspectives to help us lead the organization forward. We’re very grateful that they are willing to make this commitment on behalf of our NAMM Members and the industry at large.”

Read more: Eight New NAMM Board Members Elected

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