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  • Utah’s Best in Music Celebrates 24 Years

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | September 19, 2013

    In early September, Best In Music celebrated its 24th with a huge sale and drawing, as well as a free Lanikai-sponsored uke circle and open mic uke competition. 

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  • NAMM Signs Five-Year Commitment with Anaheim

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | September 18, 2013

    It’s being reported that the Winter NAMM Show will continue to be held at The Anaheim Convention Center for the foreseeable future. 

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  • Korg Named Exclusive North American Distributor for Ashdown

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | September 13, 2013


    Effective immediately, Korg USA has taken on exclusive distribution for Ashdown Engineering in the U.S. and Canada. Korg USA will distribute Ashdown's bass amplification and effects products, acoustic amplification products, and the Dr. Green brand of guitar and bass effects pedals.



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  • Steinway Announces Early Termination of HSR Waiting Period

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | September 5, 2013

    On September 5, Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: LVB) and investment firm Paulson & Co. Inc. (“Paulson”) announced that the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), relating to the previously announced proposed acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of all outstanding shares of common stock of the Company by Pianissimo Acquisition Corp. (“Purchaser”), an affiliate of Paulson. Accordingly, the condition to the closing of the Acquisition with respect to the expiration of the applicable waiting period under the HSR Act has been satisfied.

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  • Guitar Center Names Joly President of Musician’s Friend

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | September 4, 2013

    Guitar Center has named longtime GC executive Gene Joly as the new president of its Musician’s Friend (MF) division. MF is the largest direct-response retailer of musical instruments and professional audio equipment in the U.S. The announcement was made by Mike Pratt, Guitar Center CEO.

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  • NAMM Founation Awards GAMA Grant Support

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | September 3, 2013

    Guitar & Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA) is one of 21 recipients selected to receive grant support from The NAMM Foundation. The funding will allow GAMA to continue to offer participatory music programs that increase exposure to music making and its myriad benefits to  school music educators throughout North America. The NAMM Foundation annually allocates $500,000 in funding to support innovative music-learning programs, with the goal of expanding access to active music making.

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  • Hal Leonard to Distribute Digital Publications from Kendor

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | September 3, 2013

    Digital products from Kendor Music, Inc. will now be exclusively available via Hal Leonard Corporation’s network of websites, apps and eBooks.

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  • MoMM Gala raises $40K to Help Fund Music Ed Programs

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | August 30, 2013

    The Museum of Making Music (MoMM) raised more than $40,000 at its August 23 gala auction, which featured a lavish live auction and silent auction, and a powerful performance by Santana vocalist Greg Walker.  The funds raised from the auctions, which included a beautiful variety of donated music products such as electric and acoustic guitars, a Celtic harp, a banjo, and ukuleles, as well as music lessons, accessories and music books, help offset the $60,000 annual cost of operating the Museum’s many educational programs.

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  • D’Addario to Relocate Steel Wire Manufacturing to Farmingdale, NY

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | August 21, 2013

    D’Addario is transitioning its Renaissance Wire division from Oxford, Mass., to Farmingdale, N.Y. Targeted for completion in early 2014, the multi-million dollar modernization plan includes relocation and re-engineering the entire process for producing high carbon steel music wire.

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  • NAMM Announces William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship Recipients

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | August 21, 2013

    The NAMM Foundation has announced the recipients of the William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year. Named for a former NAMM executive vice president, the Gard Scholarship is designed to invest in the education of promising students who are contributing their talents to the music products industry. The annual award supports a portion of academic expenses for selected NAMM Member-company employees studying full time at accredited four-year universities.

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  • Music China 2013

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | August 21, 2013

    More than 1,600 brands and suppliers from 25 countries and regions will display a wide selection of eastern and western musical instruments at this year’s Music China which will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai from 10 – 13 October 2013. The show is a “must-attend” event organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, the China Music Instrument Association (CMIA) and INTEX Shanghai.

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  • New Dates & Venue for 2014 NAMM Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | August 21, 2013

    ​NAMM Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia's 2014 edition will now be held September 18-21 and September 18-20, 2014 respectively and in a new, modern venue, the IEC Crocus Expo in Moscow. Both the timing and the location are being adjusted to best fit the growing needs of the music product and pro-light and sound industries in the region. The second edition held in May 2013 received positive feedback and suggestions for further development from the participants. More than 130 producers and distributors from 15 countries met 9,381 unique visitors, which is a 49-percent increase compared to the show's premiere in 2012. The fringe programs of the fairs consisted of more than 90 events from professional development programming, to seminars and conferences and a music festival for the public.

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