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The Best Performance In Six Years!

2014 Music Industry Census Report Now Available

Our annual census of the industry is now available and reveals that industry revenues rose 3.3% in 2014 to just over $7 billion. The data shows that the music products industry continued its recovery from the financial crisis in 2014, posting its fifth consecutive... READ MORE


The Top 100

North America’s 100 Largest Music Products Suppliers Ranked By Revenues

The annual ranking of North America's Top 100 music companies is now available and showcases a diverse array of businesses, ranging from a guitar maker steeped in tradition, like C.F. Martin, to a diversified electronics company like inMusic that serves every facet of the electronic music market. The list also includes... READ MORE



Jerry & Bernice Ash “Retire”

Friends and colleagues celebrate the long-time heads of Sam Ash Music as they take a step away from the family business. They will still be a presence at company headquarters.

Read the whole story in this special preview of our April issue!





Takamine Taps ESP Guitars For U.S. Distribution

B&J To Handle Canadian Sales, Relationships In Other Markets Unaffected 

Takamine Guitars has tapped ESP Guitars as its U.s. distributor. B&J Music, now a division of JAM Industries, will handle Canadian sales for the acoustic guitar maker. The new distribution agreements... READ MORE



Bertrand’s Music Location Destroyed In Car Crash

Southern California retailer hopes to rebuild San Bernardino store in the same location

The Bertrand’s Music location in San Bernardino, California is being called a total loss—but no one was seriously hurt—after a car plowed through its showroom window on the afternoon of Friday, February 20. A fire ignited by the crash... READ MORE




Radial Engineering Adds Emissions Testing Lab

Radial Engineering Ltd. has added a new pre-compliance testing facility to its engineering (R&D) department headquartered in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. As Radial Engineering’s Donald Carmichael explained, “The world is changing. We are moving toward... READ MORE


This Month in Music Trades

April 2015 Issue READ IT NOW!

Measuring The Music Industry: How advancing technology, demographics, and an uneven economy impact the sale of music products

The Music Industry Census
• The Analysis: Technology, distribution, social, and artistic trends that shaped industry performance in 2014. and what to expect in the coming year
• The Charts: Unit and dollar values for all major product categories

The Top 100
• The Rankings:
The 100 largest North American music products suppliers, ranked by sales volume, and a look at how mergers and acquisitions have resahped the list
• Top Performers: The companies that racked up outstanding sales gains and how they did it

Jerry & Bernice Ash To “Retire” From Sam Ash Music

Import Tracker: Strong product inflow in 4th quarter signals optimism

Forefront
• ESP To Distribute Takamine In The U.S.
• Radial Invests In Radio Emissions Lab To Comply With FCC
• Martin Teams With Ed Sheeran To Aid Children’s Charity
• Mt. Vernon Church Uses Galaxy Audio
• Tama And Peter Erskine Team Up
• Victor Wooten Joins Hartke Family
• On-Stage Stands Honors Top Dealers
• Super-Sensitive Charity Effort
• Glasper New Steinway Artist
• American Way To Distribute BG France
• Sabian Goes Direct In U.S. Sales
• Hal Leonard Acquires EMC Publishing
• Orange Amps & Stevie Wonder
• Sterling Ball’s Debut Album
• Zildjian’s New Canadian Strategy
• Yamaha Aids Children’s Hospital
• Lutner Promotes Russian Made Goods

Retail
• Phelps Brothers Opens In Erie, PA
• Piano Mill Roof Collapses In Blizzard
• Cadenza Music Honored On 40th
• Digitech Day At Backstage Music
• Frank’s Music Closes
• Bertrand’s Store Destroyed In Crash
• New Guitar Center Store In Illinois
• G-String Music Opens
• Jams Music Marks 10th Year


     
     






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