Upfront

With Two Weeks to Go, SNAMM Numbers are Up – Way Up

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• June 27, 2013

The industry is preparing for the biggest Summer NAMM event in five years, which opens in Nashville on July 11. With a new home in the state-of-the-art Music City Center, a market showing signs of a rebound, and new enthusiasm in the music instrument and product market, Summer NAMM will welcome an 18% increase in registered retail stores over the 2012 event. This impressive gathering of retail stores represents more than $3.35 billion dollars in buying power. Within the members of the industry planning to attend the July 11-13 event are brands and buyers from across 29 different countries.  Read More...

Yamaha, VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Viacom Partner to Achieve Guinness World Record

Christian Wissmuller •
  • Upfront
• June 26, 2013

Music filled Manhattan’s West Village when 175 musicians performed on 175 Yamaha portable keyboards to achieve the Guinness World Records title for "Largest Electronic Keyboard Ensemble" as part of the annual Make Music New York celebration.

Now in its seventh year, Make Music New York is a unique, citywide festival of more than 1,000 free concerts held in public spaces throughout the five boroughs, and all on June 21st, the first day of summer.

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NAMM Members Celebrate National Music Day

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  • Upfront
• June 24, 2013

Carlsbad, CA, (June 24, 2013)— NAMM members and musicians of all abilities tuned-up their instruments to welcome the Summer Solstice in a daylong, musical free-for-all in observance of the first-ever National Music Day, June 21. The sounds of free, of-the-people music filled the air in more than 514 cities in 110 countries around the world.

NAMM members organized and participated in dozens of live music events, including uke circles, jam sessions, musical-instrument flash mobs, giving free music lessons, and record breaking performances, to create a musical feast for participants and spectators. Spearheaded by the National Music Day Foundation and Make Music cities, the mission is to encourage everyone to enjoy the unifying power and benefits of playing music.

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Stadiumred Announces Partnership with Gibson Brands

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  • Upfront
• June 24, 2013

Stadiumred, a music and entertainment company based in New York, has entered into a promotional partnership with the newly named Gibson Brands. Beginning on June 15, 2013, instruments from Gibson Brands will be on display and available to artists at both the New York City Stadiumred Studios Facility and an installation of a “Gibson Music Room” at the Stadiumred Estate in The Hamptons for the summer 2013 event series.

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New York GC Workers Vote to Unionize

hoff •
  • Upfront
• June 24, 2013

The 57 workers at Guitar Center’s Manhattan retail store recently voted to form a union.

The national Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) orchestrated the win, which marks the first in a series of anticipated similar union votes around New York City and potentially the rest of the country.

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Robert Benedetto inlays the fingerboard of his 45th Anniversary guitar.

Benedetto Guitars Celebrates 45 Years

hoff •
  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Founded in 1968 by American luthier Robert Benedetto, Benedetto Guitars, Inc.of Savannah, Georgia is celebrating 2013 as their 45th Anniversary. The small but internationally renowned company builds some of the world’s most collectable and expensive instruments while still focusing their production on the needs of professional and aspiring jazz guitarists. Benedetto " guitars have been […] Read More...

Summary Judgment For Ultimate SupportSystems in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
As previously reported in MMR, on March 23rd, 2011, K.H.S. Musical Instrument Co., Ltd., the manufacturer and supplier of the HERCULES Guitar Stands, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Ultimate Support Systems Inc. of Loveland, Colorado. The lawsuit involves US Patent No.7,105,732 owned by K.H.S. and claims infringement by Ultimate Support and its Guitar Stand […] Read More...
Audix’s Cliff Castle, Bob Brennan and Rob Schnell of Reflex Marketing, and Gene Houk of Audix

Audix Rep of the Year

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013

Cliff Castle, Audix VP of sales and marketing, announced the winner of 2012 Audix Rep of the Year award at the annual rep and distributor meeting.

This year’s winner, Reflex Marketing, is headed by Bob Brennan, along with Rob Schnell and John McFadden. Covering the Metro New York, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania regions, Reflex Marketing has represented Audix for over 14 years.

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NAMM’s 2013 Top 100 Dealer Awards

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Entries are now being accepted for NAMM’s 2013 Top 100 Dealer Awards, w hich spotlight the music instrument and products industry’s best, brightest and most proactive retailers. The awards will be presented during Summer NAMM, July 11-13, 2013 in Nashville, and recognize retailers in seven “Best of” categories, with the 2013 “Dealer of the Year” […] Read More...

Orange Announces Dealer & Sales Representative of the Year

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Orange Amplification announced that Sweetwater Sound Inc. has been awarded USA " Dealer Of The Year 2012 and Bill McDaniel has been presented with USA Sales Representative Of The Year 2012 at the Winter NAMM 2013. Sweetwater Sound, Inc. surpassed all previous Orange USA Dealer Of The Year winners’ sales records in 2012. Sweetwater has […] Read More...
Mike Feudale behind the counter – and in front of some must-have-give-me-right-now guitars – at Mike’s Monster Guitar.

Mike’s Monster Guitar Opens in Cambridge

hoff •
  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
On March 1st, the Massachusetts Avenue space in Cambridge, Mass. that had formerly housed longtime local music retail mecca, Sandy’s Music, reopened as an entirely new operation: Mike’s Monster Guitar. The store’s " owner Mike Feudale (“Skinny Mike,” guitarist/frontman for Boston-based garage rockers The Coffin Lids), worked at Sandy’s for 18 years, doing repairs and […] Read More...

School of Rock Opens 100th Location

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
School of Rock recently celebrated the opening of its 100th School in The Woodlands, Texas. “We are excited about reaching this 100 school milestone,” said School of Rock CEO, Chris Catalano. “Our sustained growth helps ensure that we can continue to expand the inspirational opportunities for our students while at the same time creating employment […] Read More...

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