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  • NAMM D.C. Fly-In 2014

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | May 22, 2014

    NAMM’s D.C. Fly-In allows members to perpetuate NAMM’s vision of a world in which every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught; and in which every adult is a passionate champion and defender of that right. This year’s Fly-In, the largest ever, included a day of service at Savoy Elementary, advocacy training at the Kennedy Center, a celebration of Turnaround Arts at the Library of Congress, and more than 100 meetings with Members of Congress.

  • GC Discontinues Relationship with Behringer

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | May 21, 2014

    On May 16, 2014, Guitar Center gave direct notice to Behringer (of parent company, MUSIC Group) that they would no longer be carrying any of their products in-store and terminating their relationship with Behringer for the foreseeable future. The decision was made by Guitar Center executive leadership "based on Behringer’s revision to untenable business terms late last year and a continuous history of attempting to force unfavorable changes into agreements."

  • Flatland Guitar and Lutherie Opens in Fargo

    hoff | Upfront | May 19, 2014

    A pair of North Dakota guitar vets have opened a brand new retail and repair business called Flatland Guitar and Lutherie.  The Fargo store, which opened in April, focuses heavily on acoustic guitars with used electrics available as well.  Paul Hvidsten, who opened the business with Brett Marcuson, says the key might be the store's dedicated repair shop.

    "It's a guitar shop built around a repair bench," he says.

  • Cordoba Names Ren Ferguson VP of Manufacturing/R&D for Guild Brand

    hoff | Upfront | May 16, 2014

    On the heels of Cordoba Music Group’s announcement of their intent to acquire Guild from Fender Musical Instrument Company (FMIC), CMG has now announced that Ren Ferguson will join the company as Vice President of Manufacturing and R&D for Guild. He will oversee all production of Guild acoustic and electric guitars in Oxnard, California. With over 50 years of invaluable experience, including 27 years with Gibson and most recently with Guild under FMIC, Ferguson is a legendary figure in American guitar making.

  • D’Addario NYXL Launch Event

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | May 12, 2014

    To celebrate the unveiling of D'Addario's new NYXL electric guitar strings, a special launch event took place at the Carle Place Guitar Center on Long Island on Thursday, May 1st at 6:30 PM.

  • 2014 RPMDA Show Enacts Many Changes

    hoff | Upfront | May 12, 2014The 2014 RPMDA convention is in the books, and the show brought a variety of changes to the print music organization.  A big change to the group's bylaws passed unanimously to allow board of director seats to be filled by publisher representatives, while a new track system of learning sessions was implemented at the show to better […] Read More...
  • NAMM Announces Top 100 Dealers of 2014

    hoff | Upfront | May 9, 2014

    The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) applauds thriving music instrument and product retailers from around the world with the announcement of the 2014 Top 100 Dealers. These industry trailblazers will be celebrated during an awards event held on Friday night, July 18 at Nashville’s Music City Center.

    “NAMM is proud to recognize these music stores with the coveted Top 100 Dealer Award,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “These businesses exemplify the passion for making music that unites all of us. They are on the front lines in bringing music and music education to their community and are truly the backbone of our industry.”

  • Fender to Sell Guild Brand to Cordoba Music Group

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | May 7, 2014

    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has finalized a letter of intent to sell the Guild guitar brand and related assets to Cordoba Music Group, the manufacturer of Cordoba acoustic guitars, ukuleles and accessories.

    “It was important for us to find a great steward to continue the important legacy of Guild guitars,” said FMIC’s interim CEO and board member Scott Gilbertson. “We have found a great fit in Cordoba Music Group, a company committed to quality and with impressive U.S.-based production capabilities.”

  • D’Addario Moves Wire Mill to Farmingdale, N.Y.

    hoff | Upfront | May 7, 2014

    With assistance from New York State, Suffolk County and the Town of Babylon, Long Island-based D’Addario & Company recently moved its carbon steel wire mill from Massachusetts to Farmingdale, New York.  By year end, this project will have created approximately 30 new jobs on Long Island.  On May 1, 2014, D’Addario hosted a tour and press conference in order to thank the state, county and town for its assistance.  Dignitaries in attendance included Kenneth Adams, President & CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer, Bob Stricoff, CEO of the Babylon IDA, and Kyle Strober, LI Director for Senator Charles Schumer.

  • Pearl to Distribute Sabian B&O Products

    hoff | Upfront | May 6, 2014

    SABIAN has announced the appointment of Pearl Corporation as the exclusive distributor of SABIAN Band and Orchestral instruments in the United States, effective June 1, 2014.  KMC will continue to be the exclusive distributor for SABIAN drumset cymbals in the US.

    The company says that Pearl’s "extremely knowledgeable staff" and their status as B&O industry leaders were the primary considerations in establishing this partnership.  “Having worked successfully with Pearl in other markets around the world, we are confident the synergy between our two brands will lead to significant growth for both companies.” comments SABIAN CEO Andy Zildjian.

  • Mississippi Music’s Johnson Named VP of NASMD

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | May 5, 2014

    Rosi Johnson, CEO and president of Mississippi Music and Mississippi Music Acceptance Corporation, was elected vice president of the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD) during its 52nd annual convention, held in San Orlando, Florida, March 31-April 5, 2014. She is on track to become the first woman to serve as president of the association.

  • 2014 RPMDA Convention

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | May 5, 2014The 2014 RPMDA Convention, held last week in Dallas, placed a premium on collaboration as retailers and publishers alike worked to address issues facing the distribution, licensing, marketing, and the state of the RPMDA itself. Look for full coverage of this year's gathering in the June issue of MMR. Read More...
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