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  • Vote Now for the 2013 Dealers’ Choice Awards!

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | November 6, 2013We’d like to invite you to participate in the selection of MMR's 21st Annual Dealers’ Choice Awards. Please make your choices below in all product categories that are relevant to your business. Any questions, please call Christian Wissmuller, editor at 702-479-1879 ext. 172 Read More...
  • Workers at Vegas GC Vote to Unionize

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | November 4, 2013

    On Friday, November 1, employees at a Las Vegas Guitar Center store voted 15 to 5 in favor of unionization.  If the federal labor board ratifies the election, this would represent the third GC location to go union in 2013. As previously reported in MMR, stores in Manhattan and Chicago have already successfully unionized, while bids to join the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) in Brooklyn and Queens earlier this year were unsuccessful.

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  • Yamaha Expands LA Atelier Facility

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | November 2, 2013

    Yamaha Corporation of America has added a new strings facility within the 5,000 square foot Los Angeles Atelier. Located at Yamaha’s headquarters, the Atelier serves the artist and education community with a venue for designing, creating, testing, servicing and restoring band and orchestral instruments.

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  • GAMA Joins MEPR

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | November 2, 2013

    The members of GAMA have decided to join the Music Education Policy Roundtable (MEPR), which advocates to make music education a key focal point and discussion topic among elected officials and government agencies so as to promote the value that is inherent to quality arts education programming in schools and communities.

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  • Alfred Appoints Cabaniss to Head Sacred Division

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | October 30, 2013

    Alfred Music has announced the formation of Alfred Sacred, a new division devoted to sacred music publishing. Mark Cabaniss has been appointed managing director of this new division which is based in Nashville. Alfred Sacred also includes the H.W. Gray choral catalog and Jubilate Music. Jubilate Music was founded by Mark Cabaniss in 2009 during his tenure as head of Word Music. Jubilate has experienced steady growth and become a reliable music source for church musicians coast-to-coast.

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  • AES Reports High Numbers at Convention

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | October 27, 2013

    As AES celebrated its 65th Anniversary, a five-year-high number of 18,453 registrants was tallied at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City)

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  • Little Kids Rock and Ear Candy Join Forces

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | October 27, 2013

    Little Kids Rock, the leading non-profit provider of free music lessons, instruments and teacher training to U.S. public schools, and Ear Candy Charity, an Arizona-based non-profit that also provides youth access to music education through online instrument drives, have announced that they will be joining forces.

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  • Griffin and Hal Leonard Enter Into Exclusive Distribution Deal

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | October 27, 2013

    Hal Leonard Corporation has signed a deal to exclusively distribute Griffin Technology music products and accessories to the MI trade in the United States and Canada starting November 1, 2013. Hal Leonard Senior Sales & Marketing manager Brad Smith reached the agreement with Andrew Biddle, audio product manager at Griffin.

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  • Fire Interrupts Service for Cutting-Edge Solutions/Pro-Active Websites

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | October 24, 2013

    Cutting-Edge Solutions/Pro-Active Websites, an Arlington Heights, Illinois-based eCommerce solutions company serving the MI industry, reported that there was a fire at  their Chicago-area data center on October 9th. While no one was hurt and the fire quickly contained, it did affect service for days.

     
  • FMIC Appoints Terry to President of KMC

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | October 23, 2013

    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has appointed Mark Terry to the position of President of KMC Music.

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  • Owensboro Music Center Rebrands, Hank Starks Retires

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | October 21, 2013

    Longtime co-owner of Owensboro Music Center, Hank Starks, has retired, with partner Gordy Wilcher assuming complete ownership of the Kentucky retail operation that just celebrated its 40th anniversary in business. As of today, the store will be known as “Gordy’s Owensboro Music Center,” and other changes are being implemented.

    “After 33-1/2 years, Hank [Starks] has retired and moved to Florida, and we all wish him well,” Wilcher says.

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  • ADJ Reaches Legal Settlement With Neo-Neon and American Lighting

    Christian Wissmuller | Upfront | October 21, 2013

    ADJ companies American DJ Supply and Elation Professional have reached an out of court settlement with American Lighting, Inc. and its Hong Kong-based parent company, Neo-Neon, involving a trademark infringement lawsuit. Under terms of the agreement, American Lighting and Neo-Neon have agreed to stop selling special effects lighting products and distributing marketing material that use the names “American,” “Revo” and “E-Pro” in the US market.

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