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Meet NAMM’s New Chairman Mark Goff

How NAMM University allowed him to turn a “stop gap” sales gig into ownership of Paige’s Music, a leading school music retailer, and how he sees the association advancing industry interests

Newly elected NAMM Chairman Mark Goff has had only one employer in his adult career, yet this hasn’t stopped him from amassing broad retail experience. During his 30-year tenure at Indianapolis-based Paige’s Music, he’s filled just about every... READ MORE


Julius Keilwerth Announces 3rd Annual "Saxophone Idol"

Julius Keilwerth saxophones and Buffet Group wind instruments will host the third annual Julius Keilwerth “Saxophone Idol” competition in late 2015. First held in 2013, Saxophone Idol was created as a way... READ MORE



End Of An Era

The last music stores leave 48th Street, marking the demise of “Music Row,” a vibrant retail hub and international destination for seven decades

By the end of the year, New York’s once vibrant “Music Row” on 48th Street will be gone. The last two music stores left on the street, Rudy’s Music Stop and Alex Musical Instruments, will be closing, victims of... READ MORE



Why The STRATosphere Stepped Back From eBay

Citing a problematic rating system, rising fees, and a lack of support, the innovative online merchant is distancing itself from the platform and pouring resources into its own website. Is this the beginning of a trend? 

If you’ve ever bought anything from guitar parts e-tailer The STRATosphere, you may have received an email from STRATosphere headquarters on the morning of May 28. The subject line: “No more eBay.” Inside were... READ MORE





Canada’s Top University Honors Robert Godin With Ph.D

Godin Guitar founder cited for advancing the art of guitar building 

Robert Godin, founder of Godin Guitars, has received an honorary Doctor of Music Degree from McGill University, in recognition of his 43 years of guitar making and his collaborative research efforts with the University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology. For the past four years, Godin has... READ MORE



“808 Day” Celebrates Roland’s Landmark Drum Machine

As the first affordable, programmable rhythm machine, Roland’s TR-808 was an instant hit when it was introduced in 1980, and its signature kick drum and snare sounds, as well as its “space age” sounds, quickly became a fixture in... READ MORE



Music Trades' Brian Majeski on CNBC

Expanding on his recent Wall Street Journal op/ed, Music Trades Editor Brian Majeski joined Rick Santelli of CNBC for an interview on government regulation of the music industry. Watch the interview, or read the Wall Street Journal piece here.


This Month in Music Trades

September 2015 Issue READ IT NOW!

Black Friday: How to make the most of the busiest shopping day of the year

Retooling Guitar Center: With refinancing and restructuring complete, GC management outlines new marketing and merchandising strategies to revive growth and profitability

Tough Times Ahead For eBay? Citing rising fees, lackluster service, and problematic ratings, a retailer explains why he’s distancing himself from the platform

Meet NAMM Chairman Mark Goff: Owner of Paige’s Music, Goff attributes much of his success to NAMM educational sessions, declaring, “I’m a product of NAMM U.”

Woodbrass Music Of France: How a former division of Woodwind & Brasswind used a “bricks-and-clicks” strategy to become France’s top retailer

Musical Mission to Grenada: Establishing a school music program in the Caribbean

Online Sales Scorecard: Tracking the top music gear sellers on eBay

End Of An Era: Lights go out on “Music Row” as last m.i. stores leave 48th Street

Forefront
• Manhasset Lobbies White House For Ex-Im Bank
• Music Trades Editor Interviewed On CNBC
• Huckabee Meets With Music Achievement Council In Iowa
• Celebrating The Roland TR-808
• Sam Ash Music Hosts Charity Golf Event
• RØDE Acquires Aphex
• St. Louis Music To Distribute Sabian
• Samick Hosts U.S. Dealer Event
• Hal Leonard & Willis Mark Anniversary
• Robert Godin Receives Honorary Ph.D
• Parsons Invests In Grotrian Piano
• D’Addario Customer Rewards Program
• Levy’s “Main Street to Main Stage” Promo
• Using Financial Tools To Build Sales

Retailing
• New Location for Dunkley Music
• Adair Piano Donates Bösendorfer
• Sweetwater Hires Content Manager
• Furtados Music Marks 150th Year
• JT Music Opens In Fresno


     
     






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