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.