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Alfred Music Joins Peaksware LLC

Pioneer of online athletic and music training platforms aims to use Alfred library to develop an “ecosystem” that connects composers, publishers, educators & musicians

Alfred Music, a leading educational print publisher, has been absorbed by Peaksware Holdings LLC through a conversion of debt to equity. Peaksware, which developed a series of online training systems... READ MORE




ROLI Raises $27.0 Million To Fund Seaboard RISE

ROLI, developer of the unique Seaboard Rise keyboard controller, has secured a $27.0 million capital investment from Foundry Group, a Boulder, Colorado-based venture capital firm. The investment will be used... READ MORE



Five Star Guitars Named Oregon’s Top Small Business

SBA Award sends three partners to White House for special ceremony

Out of approximately 90,000 small businesses operating in Oregon, Five Star Guitars of Hillsboro has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the state’s 2016 Small Business Person of the Year. The award... READ MORE




The Amazing Snark Story

How Steve Ridinger took lessons learned as a teenage entrepreneur, a failed songwriter, and a pastor to create a string of top-selling products 

Stints as a teenage entrepreneur, a failed songwriter, and a pastor aren’t the typical résumé of a gifted marketer. But for Steve Ridinger, these varied life experiences, leavened with some hard knocks, provided the inspiration for a string of hit products including... READ MORE



Levy’s Goes All-In For Vets

100% of Levy's profits from a special-edition strap will go toward Guitars For Vets, a nonprofit bringing music into the lives of military veterans

If a student told you the guitar had saved his life, you’d do everything in your power to keep giving lessons—and that’s what Patrick Nettesheim was doing at the NAMM show three years ago when he met Dennis Levy. A guitar teacher, musician, and holder of many odd jobs... READ MORE



Martin Premiers Documentary At TriBeCa Screening Room

The Ballad of the Dreadnought, an hour-long documentary film tracing the 100-year history of Martin’s iconic guitar, was premiered to a select audience at the Tribeca Screening Room in New York, home of the acclaimed film festival, on May 4. Narrated by... READ MORE




Remo Belli
1927 - 2016

What Xerox is to copying machines and Kleenex is to tissue, Remo is to drumheads: a trademark that has become virtually synonymous with an entire product category. Remo Belli, the man behind the product, did more than anyone else... READ MORE


This Month in Music Trades

June 2016 Issue

Why Pedals May Be The Ultimate Accessory

The Snark Story: How Steve Ridinger distilled a lifetime of experience into a top-selling product

Roland Accessorizes: New high-margin line of stands, cables, bags, and lifestyle products hit the market

Levy’s Joins ‘Guitars For Vets’ Cause: Special-edition strap aids veterans’ initiative

High-Style Cases From Beaumont: Giving players a choice with colorful accessories, and helping retailers generate sales

Frankfurt Fair Report: Fair management tries new format to rekindle exhibitor enthusiasm

RPMDA And The Future Of Print: Print retailers convene in St. Louis to craft new strategies for a digital age

Online Sales Scorecard: Market shifts reflect diversified marketplace

New Owners For Alfred Music

ROLI Raises $27.0 Million For Unique Keyboard

Forefront
• Hal Leonard Acquires Music Minus One
• Get Set For International Make Music Day
• Martin Documentary Premiers In TriBeCa
• Clavinova Named “Top 50 Gadget”
• D’Addario Aids Aspiring Musicians
• Allan Holdsworth Endorses ISP Effects
• Rhythm Tech Expands Under JAM Ownership
• Vic Firth Team Pedals For Cancer Research
• JodyJazz Tours In Cuba
• Royal Honors For Sound Technology Founder
• Music Factories Now High-End Condos
• New Owners For Bari Mouthpieces
• Lollar Pickups Pursues OEM Market
• Melbourne Guitar Show Set For 2016
• Sabian Hosts Educational Panels
• Roland Sponsors Rolling Stone Initiative
• Alvarez Guitars In Hanks Movie Soundtrack

Retailing
• Five Star Guitars Top Oregon Business
• Uncle Jon’s Music Honored
• NAMM Selects Top 100 Retailers
• Guitar Center Expands On Long Island


     
     






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