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  • Hal Leonard Inks Distribution Deal with QSC

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | June 29, 2014

    Hal Leonard Corporation has reached an agreement with QSC Audio Products, LLC to distribute all of their mixers, power amplifiers and speakers throughout the United States. Hal Leonard’s Brad Smith reached the deal with QSC’s director of North American Sales Perry Celia. Products will ship starting July 1.

    Founded over four decades ago, Costa Mesa, California-based QSC is a globally recognized leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio system solutions. With power amplification, loudspeaker, digital signal processing (DSP) and digital mixer engineering resources all located under one roof, QSC uniquely leverages these technologies to deliver products and systems that far outperform the sum of their parts, providing compelling solutions for professional installed, portable, production and cinema sound customers worldwide.

  • Berklee Teams with Avid for Groundbreaking Studio Complex

    hoff | Upfront | June 25, 2014

    The Berklee College of Music, the world’s largest independent contemporary music college, has deployed Avid professional audio production solutions to enable real-time, high-definition collaborative workflows between its newly unveiled 16-story tower in Boston and its campus in Valencia, Spain. Showcasing the Avid EverywhereTM vision for connecting audio professionals more powerfully, collaboratively, and efficiently, the new workflow delivers seamless, faster global team working capabilities along with the strength of Avid’s industry-standard audio production technologies.

  • NAMM Members Get Behind Make Music Day

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | June 22, 2014

    Banding together the music industry placed the power of making music into the hands of people worldwide on Make Music Day, June 21. Gathering in communities across the country, musicians of every stripe rang in the summer solstice playing music together outdoors. Helmed by the NAMM Foundation’s Mass Appeal effort, NAMM member companies encouraged musicians and non-musicians to pick up instruments and play.

    "Make Music Day embodies NAMM's vision and mission — strengthening the industry by giving people the opportunity to just play," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. "NAMM members play an instrumental role in growing Make Music Day to a nationwide event, by opening their doors, inspiring new players and bringing music to their communities. June 21 is now firmly established in the United States, offering people of every ability the chance to get out there and start playing music."

  • 2014-15 NAMM Foundation Music Ed Grants Total Half a Million Dollars

    hoff | Upfront | June 18, 2014

    The NAMM Foundation allocates a half million dollars in grants to fund music programs around the world. This year’s list includes 16 grantees from community, national and industry-based organizations that help to provide access to quality music education and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music.

    The 2014-15 grants represent a small percentage of the NAMM Foundation’s annual multimillion-dollar reinvestment into scientific research, advocacy, philanthropic giving, and public service programs related to making music. Through its partners, the NAMM Foundation fortifies programs that increase interest and participation in making music among people of all ages and stations. Since 1994, the NAMM Foundation has assisted worthy domestic and international music-making programs with nearly $14.6 million in grant-making support.

  • Buffet Group Announces ‘Juno’ Select Student Reed Partnership with Vandoren

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | June 17, 2014

    Buffet Group USA has entered into a partnership with Vandoren reeds to include a JUNO select reed in all student clarinet and saxophone products during the “Back to School” season for 2014. The products include the B10, B12 and the E11 B-flat student clarinets, as well as the 100 Series student alto and tenor saxophones. “We are very pleased to include these reeds in the cases of our instruments,” commented Buffet Group USA president and CEO François Kloc. “Our instruments are a great way for young students to start and succeed right from the beginning. The JUNO reed – which is made by Vandoren – insures that our customers have the best of both worlds – a great instrument and a great reed.”

  • MONO Enters Into Distribution Deal with KMC

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | June 17, 2014

    MONO® and KMC Music, Inc. have entered into an agreement for joint U.S. distribution of MONO’s line of accessories. As of June 1, 2014, KMC Music began offering MONO’s full line of award-winning hybrid instrument cases and travel accessories to their vast U.S. dealer network. The joint distribution deal allows KMC Music to handle all new MONO retail business opportunities while MONO continues to service its current collection of U.S. based retail accounts and international distributors.

  • Drumerica Competition Opens to Video Entries July 1

    hoff | Upfront | June 17, 2014

    Beginning July 1, 2014, 13 to 18 year old, U.S.-based drummers can enter Drumerica, the National Competition for Young Drummers, by recording a drum video, uploading it to YouTube and registering at Participants will not only have a chance to win $1000’s in prizes from leading drum companies, their entries will also be viewed by drummers around the world and judged by a panel of celebrity judges.

  • One Month to Summer NAMM with all Indicators Looking Up

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | June 16, 2014With only one month until Summer NAMM opens, pre-registration numbers are looking strong, according to the organization. Those who attended last year's Nashville event spread the word about the energy, professional development offerings, new venue, and the fun to be had in Music City. Now more of the industry is making a point of attending […] Read More...
  • NASMD Board Meeting in New Orleans

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | June 16, 2014

    The Board of Directors for the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD) recently concluded a three- day planning meeting for the 2015 Convention to be held March 18th- 21st at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • NAMM Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia Unveil Expanded Events Program

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | June 16, 2014

    NAMM Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia welcome the music industry to Moscow with an expanded roster of live music, competitions, and educational sessions. The shows will stage in a new location, The Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre, September 11-14 and 11-13 respectively. Together the events offer a complete musical instrument, music products, and entertainment technology experience for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Hundreds of distributors and brands from more than 15 countries are expected to debut new products at the event.

  • Sweetwater’s GearFest 2014 Draws Record Crowds and Sales

    hoff | Upfront | June 12, 2014

    Sweetwater Sound says that GearFest 2014 was a bigger success than ever, breaking every record established by previous GearFest events. Launched in 2002, Sweetwater’s annual GearFest is the nation’s largest end-user-oriented music and pro audio festival, featuring exhibits from more than 200 manufacturers; workshops, clinics, and seminars; live demos; special performances; a musician’s flea market; and much more.

    This year’s two-day event, which took place June 6 and 7 at Sweetwater’s campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, provided even more opportunities for thousands of musicians, engineers, and producers to participate in the festivities, with customers traveling from all over the world to participate.

  • Shure Picks Henry W. Phillips Co. for Southeast U.S. Sales

    hoff | Upfront | June 11, 2014

    Shure Incorporated announced that it has chosen Henry W Philips Company Incorporated (or HWPco) of Flowery Branch, Ga., as its new sales representative for the Southeastern region of the United States. HWPco will manage sales for Shure’s complete line of professional audio products to dealers and systems integrators in North Carolina; South Carolina; Mississippi; Atlanta, Georgia; and Eastern Tennessee.

    “We are very excited for the energy and creativity we feel this company will bring to our sales and market development efforts in the region,” said Jim Schanz, Director, Pro/Systems Group Sales, U.S. and Canada for Shure. 

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