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Charting The Changes In A Shifting Retail Environment

The music products industry has closely tracked the U.S. economy during the long and exceedingly slow recovery following the 2009 recession, and the tepid growth of the past five years continued in 2013. Aggregate revenues of America’s largest 200 music products retailers... READ MORE

What Do New Ivory Regulations Mean For The Music Industry?

Retailers, musicians, and manufactrurers anxiously await final draft of rules while NAMM lobbies Congress

Proposed regulations concerning the sale and transportation of ivory are raising concerns among musicians, music retailers, and instrument manufacturers, even though few, if any, instruments using ivory have been produced in the last 40 years. In February, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ordered... READ MORE

Steinway’s New Owners Invest For The Long Term

With sales up 10%, hedge fund magnate John Paulson green-lights advanced new player system and steps up efforts to target untapped markets

Nine months to the day after John Paulson completed his historic acquisition of Steinway & Sons, the company’s North and South American dealers met in New York City and at Steinway’s nearby factory in Astoria, Queens for a two-day meeting. When Paulsen finalized... READ MORE

JRR Shop Struggles With Amazon Returns Policy

Some of the downsides of selling on the Amazon.com platform

Stanton, California retailer JRR Shop is on track to turn $4 million in sales this year, a 25% gain over 2013. As one of last year’s “Top Growth” retailers, JRR Shop CEO Eric Dahlberg said the plan for the near future was to stabilize and reinforce the bricks-and-clicks business’s online infrastructure, but... READ MORE

Conn-Selmer Institute Hones Educator Skills

NAMM CEO Joe Lamond was the keynote speaker at the annual Conn-Selmer Institute, the nation’s premier institute for music educators. The four-day annual institute, now in its 17th year, is a unique... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

August 2014 Issue READ IT NOW!

The Top 200: Taking The Measure Of The Retail Music Industry
• The Top 200 Music Products Retailers Ranked By Revenue
• The Top 200 Ranked By Employee & Storefront Productivity
• The 40 Leading Online Music Products Retailers
• Where To Find Them:
A Top 200 Directory
• Industry Sales On A State-By-State Basis

The Stories
• How Music Retail Has Evolved:
Technology and changing preferences are shaking up retail, but what else is new? A look at failed formats, and store concepts that outlived their usefulness.
• Inside The Stratosphere’s 21st Century Retail Model
• The Fastest-Growing Retailers:
Five retailers explain how they overcame a challenging economy and posted stellar sales results in 2013.

Q2 Retail Sales Report: Sales Growth Slows In Second Qtr.

Fender Eliminates MSRP Prices

Steinway Offers Bullish Forecast At Annual Dealer Meeting

What Do New Ivory Rules Mean For The Music Industry?

• Conn-Selmer Host's Annual Institute
• Parsons Piano Shines In Competition
• Yamaha Silent Brass Wins Design Awards
• Yorkville’s Long Receives Order Of Canada
• D’Addario Aids School String Programs
• KMC To Distribute MONO Case
• Samson Teams With Andrea Electronics
• JodyJazz Founder Gives TEDx Talk
• NAMM Grants $500K To Music Ed
• Hal Leonard To Distribute QSC Audio
• Yamaha Six-City Retail Training Tour
• New Chinese Intern Program
• Washburn Celebrates World Cup
• Rovner Marks 40th Anniversary
• Young Chang Distributes Fridolin Piano

• Pitfalls Of Selling On Amazon’s Platform
• Sweetwater Hosts Robbie Krieger
• NASMD Plans New Orleans Convention
• The Biggest Music Store Opening Ever
• Bill’s Showcases Gibson Min-ETune


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