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Measuring Music Products Revenues For 2017

An improving economy helped the industry post its best “post financial meltdown” results. Price hikes also contributed for the first time in over a decade.

The retail value of music products advanced 4.1% in 2017 to $7.4 billion, matching the pre-financial crisis level of a decade ago. The products that are grouped under the “music products industry” banner are a diverse group, running the gamut... READ MORE

Rising Tide Lifts All Ships

The industry’s leading suppliers benefited from an improving economy last year, helped along by innovative new products.

People who make a living parsing the reams of economic data produced by government agencies and various think tanks conclude that the world is in pretty good shape at the moment. Despite the overwrought political rhetoric, citizens on every continent... READ MORE

Guitar Center Posts Improved Holiday Results, Refinances Debt

Plans 8 New GC Stores And 20 Music & Arts Locations

Guitar Center is set to refinance its debt with a proposed $635 million bond offer, with a 2021 maturity date. Proceeds from the sale will be used... READ MORE

Could Ownership Of Gibson Change?

With $375 million bond issue coming due, creditors are pressing for an ownership stake in the fabled guitar maker, but longtime CEO and major shareholder Juszkiewicz is resisting.

Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz and a group of bond holders headed by the financial firm KKR are currently engaged in high-stakes negotiations that will determine the future ownership of the famed guitar maker. At issue is... READ MORE

Steinway Reports Record Results At Annual Dealer Meeting

Growth In China And Strong Spirio Sales Fuel Success

Steinway & Sons dealers from North and South America convened in Chicago on March 5-6 for two days of training and product introductions as well as a gala dinner event to celebrate the company’s 165th anniversary. The anniversary celebration also included... READ MORE

Fender Debuts Pedal Collection

Using the “artist-centric” approach that led to top-selling guitars and amps, Fender tackles the effects market with a unique new product offering

Did Fender really need a pedal line? All things considered, probably not. So why build one? In short: the Fender team felt they could take the segment to a place it hadn’t gone before, and they believed they had... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

April 2018 Issue

The Industry Census Report: Measuring The Music Products Industry
• Analysis of the trends and product developments shaping industry performance in 2017
• Dollar and unit values for all major product

Ranking The Top 100 Music Products Suppliers
• The 100 largest North American music and audio suppliers, ranked by sales volume, along with an analysis of how they are responding to an evolving market.
• Standout Performances In 2017

Import Tracker:
School Music Imports Surge

Gibson CEO Squares Off Against Bond Holders

Steinway Honors Top Performing Retailers

Guitar Center To Refinance Debt

• Fender Debuts Effects Pedal Line
• Sumner New Yamaha America President
• Adam Hall “Maui” Garners Design Awards
• Hit Like A Girl Adds Weekly Contests
• Adam Hall Mixes At Porsche Event
• Vandoren Regional Artists’ Banner Year
• KHS Awards Music Ed Scholarships
• New Home For Mojo Electronics
• Bari Awards Tax Cut Bonuses
• JAM Named A “Top Canadian” Business
• Yangtze River Pianos In Spotlight

• Sam Ash Aids Promising Musicians
• Sweetwater Funds Music Tech Program
• New Direction For Arizona Guitar Shop
• Music & Arts Opens In Georgia


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