• NAMM Foundation Grants President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities Support for Turnaround Arts Program

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 30, 2013

    Continuing its commitment to advancing participation in music making, The NAMM Foundation is supporting a research project in collaboration with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its Turnaround Arts program. Turnaround Arts expands music and arts education in low-performing schools with the goal to close the achievement gap and increase student engagement using high quality, integrated arts education.  

  • Midwest Clinic Reports Successful 2013 Show

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 30, 2013

    "Our expectations for the conference was exceeded in all manners,” declared Denny Senseney, treasurer of the Midwest Clinic. “The exhibit hall was nearly sold-out with approximately 50 new exhibiting companies. But most of all the concerts and clinics met our primary objective of serving the music education profession.” More than 80 professional development clinics were mixed with multiple concerts. “As a result, music educators benefited, and as we hope, so will their students, schools, communities, and our culture.”

  • Line 6 to be Acquired by Yamaha Corporation

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 20, 2013

    Yamaha Corporation and Line 6, Inc. have announced a definitive agreement for Yamaha to acquire Line 6. The acquisition expands Yamaha’s portfolio of modeling guitar processing products as well as pro-audio equipment, and offers new and opportunities for accelerated growth for both companies.

  • D’Addario Retains Inside Track Int’l

    hoff | Upfront | December 17, 2013

    To boost their already strong OEM and private label business, D’Addario & Company, Inc. is excited to announce they’ve retained Inside Track International to facilitate sales of their fretted instrument products. Inside Track is the OEM sales rep firm started in 2012 by longtime Seymour Duncan sales and marketing executive, Evan Skopp, together with Doreen Daley Skopp.

    Inside Track will manage D’Addario’s global sales of both fretted instrument strings—bulk packaged and private label—and D’Addario|Planet Waves.

  • Hal Leonard and Tycoon Expand Distribution Deal

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 17, 2013

    Starting at the 2014 NAMM show, Hal Leonard will be the exclusive US distributor for the entire Tycoon line – hundreds of products from this highly regarded manufacturer of hand percussion.

  • Iowa Retailer Griggs Music Celebrates 110th Anniversary

    hoff | Upfront | December 13, 2013

    Griggs Music is celebrating their 110th anniversary. Historical memorabilia including vintage photos, celebrity autographs, and the store’s antique cash register are on display, while patrons were encouraged to share photos, stories, and to sign up for raffle prizes and participate in trivia contests throughout the week of December 8. A reception was at the store on Saturday, Dec 14, with refreshments and prizes.

    Arthur P. Griggs opened A.P Griggs Piano Company in 1903 in downtown Davenport before the store changed its name to Griggs Music in 1946. The company originally concentrated on piano sales and service. Through the years, Griggs Music has responded to the changing needs of the community adding guitars, band and orchestra instruments and even refrigerators and appliances to fill a need during The Great Depression. Griggs was also one of the first to sell stereo components in the Quad Cities.

  • iMSO Announces New Board

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 13, 2013

    The Independent Music Store Owner (iMSO) association has named new board members, including Don Tegeler of Tegeler Music (Clinton, Iowa) as president.

    “I first want to thank Gordy Wilcher of Owensboro Music Center for all he’s done for the group,” Tegeler said of the former president and co-founder. “He’s made a lot of positive things happened, and I hope to build on that.”

  • Amazon Cyber Monday: Some MI Products Go for 15 Percent Under MAP

    Kevin Mitchell | Upfront | December 9, 2013

    On December 3rd, “Cyber Monday,” it was discovered that thousands of MI products were being sold on Amazon in violation of MAP policies by promising final sales 15 percent below MAP.

  • Sennheiser to FCC: Make Auction Winners Pay Those Hurt by Loss of 600 MHz Range

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 9, 2013

    As reported by MMR's sister publication, Front of House

    Noting that the FCC’s pending spectrum auction jeopardizes future use of wireless microphones operating in the 600MHz range, forcing content creators to reinvest in wireless gear, Sennheiser formally proposed that winners of the new spectrum compensate owners of wireless microphone equipment that will be rendered obsolete as a direct result of the planned spectrum repacking.

  • MMR Reports from PASIC 2013

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 1, 2013

    Check out some video clips from PASIC 2013 - updates from Zildjian's Paul Francis and Tom Float from TAMA - and look for full coverage of this year's gathering in the January issue of MMR!


  • Introducing D’Addario Woodwinds

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | December 1, 2013

    Since D’Addario’s acquisition of Rico in 2004 it has always been the company’s goal to respect and improve upon the legacy of the Rico brand; this will never change. However, to ensure that the more advanced player has a brand that he or she feels is a greater reflection of their ability, D’Addario introduces their digitally generated, professional quality reeds and mouthpieces as D’Addario branded woodwind products.

  • NAMM Partners with CMS for Job Listing Service

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | November 24, 2013

    NAMM and The College Music Society (CMS) have partnered to give NAMM members the opportunity to advertise job openings to CMS members.  CMS, an international service organization for music students and faculty in tertiary education, counts among its membership the most highly trained and qualified potential interns and employees available. The relationship between NAMM and CMS was established in response to NAMM members’ requests over the years for access to a richer pool of potential employees who understand the music-products industry.

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