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The Music Industry Report Card For 2016

The common yardstick for measuring industry performance is dollar value. On that front, the music products industry had a lackluster year. The retail value of the diverse collection of products tracked in this report amounted to... READ MORE

How The Industry's Top Suppliers Fared In 2016

In a year that saw stagnating revenues for music products, the industry's Top 100 North American suppliers also experienced little top line improvement. Aggregate revenues... READ MORE

Price Hikes From China Coming?

Tough new regulations on the import and export of rosewood have prompted the Chinese government to revise its value added tax policies, raising the prospect of significant price hikes... READ MORE

Record $7.5 Million Paid For Rick, But Price Raises Questions

A 1935 Rickenbacker "Ken Richards" model electric guitar has reportedly been sold for $7.5 million, the highest price ever paid for a guitar. Nicholas Lee, a guitar builder and vintage instrument dealer based in Lewes, Delaware who brokered the record-breaking sale, said the Rickenbacker had been purchased by an anonymous group... READ MORE

Electric Guitars Surge 35% In Q4

The total value of musical instruments and audio gear imported to the USA jumped 10.7% for the three-month period ending December 31, 2016. This latest tally of data from the Department of Commerce shows a spike... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

April 2017 Issue

The Industry Census Issue: Measuring The Music Products Industry
• Analysis of the trends and product developments shaping industry performance in 2016
• Dollar and unit values for all major product

The Top 100:
• 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 2016

Import Tracker:
Electric Guitar Imports Surge In 4th Qtr.

Surprise Change In China VAT Tax Could Hike Prices On Imports

Hal Leonard Acquires Sheet Music Plus

• Steinway Hosts NYC Music Teachers
• Fishman Offers Online Sales Training
• DCI Revenues Reflect Drum Corps Popularity
• Niendorf Piano Reintroduced
• DW Drums At Grammy Museum
• Taylor Guitar Teams With Doll Maker
• Yamaha Supports Mr. Holland Foundation
• Gravity Stands Wins Brand Award
• Jason Marsalis Endorses Balter Mallets
• KMC Distributes Natal Percussion
• Laney Amps Marks 50th Anniversary
• Alfred Honors Top Print Retailers

• Meyer Music’s “Band Of Angels” Gala
• Business Mag Honors Chuck Surack
• New Store For Watermelon Music
• Fire At Frederick Johnson Piano
• D’Amico Music In Expanded Store
• American Music Supply Top On-Stage Dealer


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