Upfront

KHS America Announces Distributor Partnership with DANSR

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• October 10, 2013

KHS America, distributor of Jupiter Band Instruments, has announced that it will begin a partnership with DANSR, Inc. to distribute the full line of Vandoren Reeds and Accessories, Denis Wick Mutes and Brasswind Accessories, and Jones Double Reeds. 

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Berlin Announced as Location for 136th AES International Convention

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• October 6, 2013

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced the dates and location for its upcoming 136th International Convention: Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Berlin, Germany. The Convention’s “Call for Papers” will be available in the coming months, and AES will be accepting proposals for abstract-precis-reviewed and peer-reviewed papers.

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ADJ Names SF Marketing Canadian Distributor

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• October 6, 2013

ADJ has named Montreal-based sales and marketing company, SF Marketing, to be the exclusive distributor of ADJ Lighting, American Audio and Global Truss America/DuraTruss products throughout all of Canada.

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Music for All Considers Extension of Programming

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• October 6, 2013

Arts education leaders, advocates, and educators from across the nation responded to an invitation from Music for All to help it identify priorities and supporting initiatives for its next strategic plan. More than 40 persons assembled with Music for All board and staff on September 11 to hear first hand from key stakeholders and advocates in the field of scholastic music and arts education. The board of directors, executive leadership and sponsors of Music for All are now focusing on those and other new ideas recently proposed for the organization’s future, largely highlighting the need for more inclusive programming and an expansion of resources to further both reach and access of scholastic music education.

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Zildjian Announces 2013 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition Winner

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 30, 2013

Zildjian announced that Ethan Ahmed from the University of Southern California is the winner of the 2013 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship.   Ethan is a student of Jim Babor.  Ethan will receive a $5,000 tuition award, an all expense paid trip to the Zildjian factory, and cymbals of his choice.

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Yamaha and The Queen Latifah Show Help Keep Music in the Schools

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 30, 2013

In conjunction with the premiere episode of the The Queen Latifah Show, which aired on September 16, 2013, Yamaha Entertainment Group donated $45,000 worth of musical instruments to the James A. Foshay Learning Center in Los Angeles.

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Deering Raises Over $25,000 for Charity

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 30, 2013

The Deering Banjo Company raised $25,777.68 for charity this summer through the auctioning off of one of a kind Deering Goodtime Gentlemen of the Road banjos signed by Mumford and Sons. A different banjo was made for each Gentlemen of the Road Stopover date, five total, bearing the location’s name as well as signatures from all four members of the band. The money from each auction was donated to a local charity, hand picked by the band for each concert location: Lewes, UK; Simcoe, Canada; Troy, OH; Guthrie, OK; and St. Augustine, FL.

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New Artist Relations Hires at Korg USA

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 25, 2013

Korg USA has announced new hires to its artist relations area.

Mike Bigel has been hired as a Korg USA Artist Relations Specialist. Bigel comes to Korg USA with extensive experience in label management and marketing, as well as ownership of an artist management company. He will be responsible for managing day-to-day artist relations activities and seeking out new artist-related opportunities, as well as liaising in-person with artists at events and shows.

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Gibson Set to Acquire Cakewalk

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 24, 2013

Adding to a growing – and at this point sizable – list of recent acquisitions of MI operations outside of the guitar realm, Gibson Brands is poised to take control of Cakewalk, Inc.

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Gibson to Acquire Cakewalk Inc.

hoff •
  • Upfront
• September 23, 2013

Gibson Brands has entered into a letter of intent with Roland Corporation and Cakewalk, Inc. for Gibson to acquire Cakewalk pursuant to definitive acquisition agreements to be negotiated by the parties. According to Gibson Brands Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, “If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Cakewalk must be very flattered that so many of their innovations have become industry standards. As an addition to the Gibson Pro Audio Group, Cakewalk will enhance their flagship professional products, pursue provocative R&D initiatives, and continue to serve the needs of musicians and producers world-wide.”

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Hal Leonard New Distribution Hub for JamHub

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 19, 2013

Hal Leonard has inked a deal with JamHub Corp. to exclusively distribute their systems and accessories to the US MI trade beginning on October 1st. Hal Leonard senior VP of Sales Doug Lady reached the agreement with JamHub president and CEO Steve Skillings.

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Paulson & Co. Announces Completion of Acquisition of Steinway

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• September 19, 2013

 

On September 19, an affiliate of investment firm Paulson & Co. Inc. (“Paulson”) and Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. (“Steinway” or the “Company”) (NYSE: LVB), announced the successful completion of Paulson’s acquisition of Steinway.

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