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Music Trades charts the global markets and ranks the top music companies around the world

Global retail sales of music products were largely unchanged in 2013, increasing a negligible 1.3% to $16.9 billion. The industry continues its slow and steady progress from the 2009 financial crisis, but global revenues... READ MORE

New CEO At Guitar Center

Former Sports Authority CEO Darrell Webb replaces Mike Pratt in wake of disappointing financials

Darrell Webb has been appointed CEO of Guitar Center, replacing Mike Pratt, who resigned abruptly after 20 months on the job. Webb has more than 30 years of experience in retailing and has led... READ MORE

Success Stories From Around The World

As part of our report on the global music market, we bring you the stories behind music companies around the world—some you've heard of and some from under the radar. This year's profiles include companies on four continents, from a Chinese music superpower to a pedal innovator from New Zealand. You can read them all in this preview of our December issue.

Ace Products Group
Antigua Winds
Bechstein Piano Group
DY Music
George L's
Graph Tech
IMS Technologies
Klotz AIS
Lollar Pickups
The Music Link
The Music People
North Bridge Winds
Parsons Music
Pickett Brass
Red Witch Pedals
Six-String Brokerage

Fender's Consumer-centric Marketing Approach

CEO Scott Gilbertson explains why new plans also include selling to consumers and says the “first priority” is to support local dealers

Read the whole article in this preview of our December issue!

New Location For Steinway Hall

Former site of International Center Of Photography to serve as pianomaker’s flagship location

Steinway Hall will relocate from its landmark location on New York’s 57th Street to the former location of the International Center of Photography, 14 blocks south on 43rd Street and 6th Avenue. The new location, measuring approximately 40,000 square feet, will continue to serve... READ MORE

Gibson Enters Retail With New Hollywood Store

Gibson has announced plans to open a retail store in the former Tower Records store in West Hollywood. The guitar maker has signed a 15-year lease and will spend up to $1.0 million renovating the 8,700-square-foot building to create... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

December 2014 Issue READ IT NOW!

Music Products Around The World
• The Markets: Sales data on the world's top music products markets
• The Rankings: The world's top 225 music products suppliers ranked by revenue

Report From Shanghai: What the expanding Music China trade show says about music making in the world's most populous nation

Profiles Of Top Industry Players
• Ace Music Products Redefines Accessories
• Arturia On The Leading Edge Of Technology
• Antigua Winds Stands Out
• Bechstein Piano Group's Global Strategy
• DY Music Connects Through Music Making
• North Bridge Flutes From Anthem Creators
• Custom77 Guitars From France
• The Music Link, Import Pioneer
• Gallien-Krueger Brings Production Home
• Pickett Brass, New Mouthpiece Maker
• George L'S, A Tradition In Quality Cables
• Parsons Shines At Music China Show
• Red Witch Pedals Embrace Innovation
• Omacro, Free Web Platform
• Lollar Pickups And The Secret To Vintage Sound
• Generalmusic Reborn
• Klotz Redefines The Cable Market
• IMS Technology And Its Mission
• The Music People Expands Global Sales
• Six-String Brokerage Brings Back Kindred Guitars
• Sara-Trans Lays Market Foundation In India
• Graph Tech "Under The Hood" Guitar Solutions
• Tycoon's Savvy Percussion Strategy

Fender CEO On Marketing: Scott Gilbertson explains the company's new approach to "connecting with the consumer," what it means for retailers, and why it includes a direct sales option

Online Sales Scorecard: What's being sold on eBay and who's selling it

• New Location For Steinway Hall
• Martin Honored For Forest Conservation
• Allen & Heath + GC Partnership
• Manhasset Stands Marks 80th Year
• SKB Taps SF For Canadian Distribution
• Marking Sax Inventor's 200th Birthday
• Hal Leonard Distributes Apogee
• Louisville Band Uses B&S Brass
• Zildjian Honored With "She Rocks" Award
• Gibson To Open Hollywood Retail Store
• Technicians Hold Annual Convention
• Parsons Co-organizes Piano Festival

• New Steinway Showcase In Atlanta
• North Music & Video To Close
• Mountain Fret Works Opens Store
• Paul Reed Smith At Moore Music
• Little Kids Rock Honors Guitar Center CEO
• Cascio's "DrummerFest" Extravaganza
• Gruhn Launches Guitars.com Website


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