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CITES Considers Revising Rosewood Rules

Plant committee acknowledges flaws in regulations and suggests less burdensome “interpretations,” but a formal rewrite has to wait until 2019. Fish & Wildlife Service emerges as unlikely industry ally

The CITES Plant Committee held an open meeting in Geneva last month, offering musical instrument manufacturers the rare opportunity to comment on and criticize the highly disruptive rosewood regulations... READ MORE




An In-Depth Look At The Worship Market

For a vibrant live music scene, skip the nightclubs and head straight to houses of worship. With more than 360,000 churches in the U.S., there is unquestionably more music performed on Sunday morning than Friday and Saturday nights combined. How big is the worship market? Credible evidence puts it close to 40% of total industry revenues. A look at the contemporary Christian music scene.

Read the whole story in this preview of our November issue!





Online Sales Tax Exemption Pressured By State Action

About half of the U.S. states have joined together in a bid to end the sales tax benefit enjoyed by online merchants that ship out of state. The States, which include Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Texas, have offered merchants partial amnesty... READ MORE




Yamaha Drums Celebrates 50th With All-Star Lineup

Yamaha Drums assembled nearly two dozen world-renowned drummers on September 30 for some dazzling live music, a celebration of the company’s innovation and success over the last 50 years, and an exploration of the company’s plans for the future. More than 400 people gathered... READ MORE


Q3 Retail Report: Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Impact Sales

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma had a significant impact on retail sales in the South Central region as dealers in that area reported a drop in sales and traffic during September. Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm on August 26,  leaving many areas... READ MORE


This Month in Music Trades

November 2017 Issue

Why The Worship Market Is More Important Than Ever: Houses of worship outnumber live music venues by a factor of 20 to 1, which explains why there is more music performed on Sunday mornings than Friday and Saturday nights combined. How to address this growing $2.0 billion market for instruments, audio gear, and accessories.

Hi-Tech Tools For Worship Musicians

Drum & Bugle Corps Are Shaping The Percussion Industry:
Drum & Bugle Corps and the various organizations that support them attract a wildly enthusiastic following and spend heavily on perucussion, horns, and sound reinforcement. However, their influence on the music products industry extends far beyond their purchases.

CITES Committee Reconsiders Stringent Rosewood Regulations

Is The Mail Order Sales Tax Exclusion On The Way Out?

Guitar Center Bonds Downgraded

Quarterly Sales Report:
Industry Sales Edge Up 3% In 2nd Quarter

Forefront
• Yamaha Drums Celebrates 50th Anniversary
• NAMM Named “Greatest Show In 2016”
• LP Cowbell Profits Aid Storm Victims
• Aaron Todd Joins Casio Artist Family
• Hal Leonard CEO Endows Scholarships
• Peavey Hosts Dealer Meetings
• Korg To Distribute Waldorf Synths
• CNN Features Roland TR-808 Drum Machine
• New Alvarez Guitar Website
• Zoom & Sennheiser Form Partnership
• Magnatone Amps Media Coverage
• Lollar Pickups Honored For Export Growth
• Regent Organs Opens U.S. Office
• DR Strings In Expanded Factory
• Manhasset Stands Honored

Retail
• Houston Retail Rebounds From Hurricane
• Umanov Guitars Closes After 50 Years
• Sweetwater Sponsors Little Kids Rock
• Music & Arts Adds New Jersey Store
• Music Exchange Opens In Baton Rouge


     
     









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