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Music Retail Around The Globe

300 Companies From 43 Countries And Six Continents. What They Have In Common, What Differentiates Them, And Where The Business Is Done. A Look At The Distribution Network That Serves The World’s Musical Needs.

The ranking of the top retailers outside of the U.S. includes 301 companies hailing from 43 countries and every continent with the exception of Antarctica. Collectively, the varied group, which includes online merchants as well as brick-and-mortar operations of every description, generated revenue... READ MORE

Frankfurt Show Recalibrates To Remain Relevant

Faced with competition from other trade shows and a slow-growth European market, Messe management expands performances, seminars, and exhibitor options in a bid to lure companies back to the show

A year ago, the Musikmesse / Prolight + Sound fair in Frankfurt raised the curtain on its “New Concept,” reflecting a modified format and range of amenities aimed at making the 36-year-old convention more relevant in the face of a challenged market and heightened competition... READ MORE

Wittner Takes Action Against Chinese Counterfeiters

China’s inconsistent enforcement of international intellectual property rights has been a source of frustration for manufacturers in North America and Europe, who have watched Chinese factories regularly expropriate their trademarks and patents without consequence. Most, however, have done little more than complain. A notable exception... READ MORE

Hackers Threaten Amazon Third-Party Sellers

Are the numerous independent music retailers who list products on the Amazon marketplace, or make use of Fulfillment by Amazon services, at risk of having their accounts hacked? According to an April 10 article in The Wall Street Journal... READ MORE

School Music Retail, The Last Refuge From The Internet?

Continued strength in school music programs, coupled with the fact that school music dealers are thriving in an online age, made the 55th annual NASMD Convention a festive affair

Stirring testimony to the power of music education from the likes of virtuoso flutist Sir James Galway, along with practical advice on improving retail operations, marked the 55th annual National Association of School Music Dealers convention at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, Arizona. The three-day event, held April 5-9, drew... READ MORE

Zoom Shares Traded On Tokyo Exchange

Zoom Corporation, the innovative manufacturer of digital effects and recording products, has listed its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. “Our listing in Tokyo represents a new beginning for Zoom... READ MORE

Ikutaro Kakehashi (1930-2017)

Electronic Music Pioneer, Roland Corporation Founder, Co-Creator Of MIDI, Chairman Of ATV

Ikutaro Kakehashi, an electronic music industry pioneer, who over a seven-decade career co-authored the MIDI standard and founded Roland Corporation, died on March 31. He was 87 years old. At the time of his death, he was chairman of ATV, a new electronics company he founded three years ago. Born in Osaka, Japan in in 1930, Kakehashi was an entirely self-taught... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

May 2017 Issue

Music Retailing Around The World: A look at the similarities and differences of music retail in markets around the world, along with a ranking of leading retailers in 43 countries

Global Features
• The Charts:
300 retailers from 43 countries, ranked by revenues
• Akustikken:
Creating Destination Stores In Denmark’s Largest Cities
• Strumentimusicali.net & Play! Music:
Italy’s Leading Online Merchant Moves Into Brick-And-Mortar
• Muziker:
Slovakia’s Largest Retailer Reaches New Musicians, Across Borders
• X Music:
Bringing Megastore Retailing To Ireland

Report From Frankfurt:
Messe management pulls out all the stops with seminars and live entertainment to revive Frankfurt show at a time of slow growth in Europe

NASMD Report:
Buoyant school music dealers sharpen their skills at their 55th annual convention in Phoenix

Reining In A Chaotic Global Market:
Radial Engineering CEO Peter Janis calls for coherent pricing strategies to support retailers and distributors

Quarterly Sales Report:
First Quarter Sales Advance 3.3%

Wittner Battles Chinese Counterfeits

Hackers Threaten Amazon Third-Party Sellers

• Propellerhead Secures Equity Investment
• Zoom Shares On Tokyo Stock Exchange
• D’Addario Creative Recycling Program
• North Bridge Sponsors Student London Visit
• Yamaha Aids Anaheim Schools
• Schimmel Honors Top U.S. Dealers
• Audix Powers New Orleans Jazz Festival
• “Saxations” Endorse Sax Dakota
• Hal Leonard Cements Gretsch Distribution
• EMD Distributes British Drum
• pBone Patents Upheld In China
• Roadie Tuners Secures Kickstarter Finance
• TMP To Distribute Bose Pro
• Korg Opens L.A. Artist Facility

• Sweetwater’s 100 Million View On YouTube
• Top Honors For Collins Music
• Stone Vintage Opens In Sacramento
• New Location For Brian’s Guitars


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