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The Federal Marching Band Of Regulators

Music Trades Editor Brian Majeski writes on government overreach into the music industry in the June 12 edition of The Wall Street Journal

For more than a century, the music industry escaped the gaze of government agencies thanks to its small scale—$6.8 billion now in the U.S.—and its wholesome, noncontroversial products. Few things seem less deserving of federal regulation... READ MORE



Steinway Spirio System Highlights Dealer Meeting

New reproducing system & marketing inititiatives bolster aggressive sales projections for coming year

Steinway & Sons was flooded with orders following the introduction of its new Spirio Player Piano System at the company’s annual dealer meeting. Held May 27-28 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, this year’s meeting not only attracted... READ MORE


Fender Names Andy Mooney CEO

Former Nike & Disney exec places a priority on great product and mutually profitable relationships with specialty retailers

Fender Musical Instruments’ newly appointed CEO, Andrew “Andy” Mooney, brings an illustrious résumé to his new post, having directed marketing at Nike during a period of rapid growth in the 1990s and later revitalized Disney’s Consumer Products division. However, one of his first paying jobs was playing guitar... READ MORE



Dazzling Expansion For Sweetwater Music Store

Visually striking and decked out with expansive new amenities, Sweetwater’s redesigned on-campus Music Store is backed by the largest inventory in the country

Sweetwater has completed a total redesign and expansion of its Fort Wayne, Indiana Music Store, which opened June 1. Now four times its original size and one of the largest in the Midwest, the Sweetwater Music Store is backed by the largest... READ MORE





New Headquarters & Distribution Center Signal New Era For KMC Music

Leading distributor completes transition from Fender to JAM Industries with investment in plant and IT systems

Calling it the start of the next chapter in five decades of serving the m.i. and pro audio industries, KMC Music has completed its transition from Fender Musical Instruments to JAM Industries ownership with the opening... READ MORE



The Radical Kevin Michael Composite Guitar

After revolutionizing the archery business, Mathew McPherson sets his sights on the other passion in his life—guitars—with the all-carbon Kevin Michael line

Mathew McPherson skillfully harnessed an enthusiasm for archery and innate engineering talents to create the world’s largest manufacturer of hunting bows. His Sparta, Wisconsin-based Mathews Company produces approximately 200,000 bows a year that are prized by hunters worldwide. With the new Kevin Michael carbon fiber guitar, he is applying... READ MORE


This Month in Music Trades

July 2015 Issue READ IT NOW!

Complete NAMM Preview: Everything you need to know about the upcoming Nashville NAMM show!

Meet Fender’s New CEO Mooney: Following successful stints at Nike and Disney, guitar playing Andy Mooney says “the strongest relationships possible” with specialty retailers is a top priority

Steinway Bases Bullish Forecast On New Technology & Marketing Initiatives

Import Tracker: First quarter imports up 5.6%

The Best Of Both Worlds: How Eastman Music merges U.S. and Chinese operations to deliver improved value

From Archery To Music: Bow and arrow innovator Mathew McPherson shakes up the guitar business with a unique composite instrument

MusicStoreLive.com: New online retailer attempts to “bring the music store into your living room” with a high-powered website

Reverb.com Redefines Online Selling: Offering low selling costs and a musician-friendly format, Reverb.com aims to challenge eBay and Amazon and become the go-to selling platform for music products

Cor-Tek Industries: With factories in Indonesia and China, Cor-Tek builds nearly one million guitars a year. Why you should know about this company

EarthQuaker Pedals: Built entirely in the U.S., EarthQuaker is on the forefront of the fast-growing boutique pedal market

NAMM In Washington D.C.: Members travel to the Capital to tell lawmakers that music education should be a core subject

MusicWorks New Zealand: Developing an unusual retail model to address unique geography

Forefront
• Roland Teams With Lang Lang Foundation
• KMC Hosts Charity Golf Event
• Avalon School Pioneers New Lessons App
• QSC’s Pat Quilter Honored
• St. Louis Music Acquires Blessing
• Zildjian Honors Sam Ash On 90th
• McCaffrey Audio In New Plant
• Robert Godin Receives Honorary Ph.D
• JodyJazz Expands Operations
• Michael Berg New Humes & Berg Pres.
• Hal Leonard Acquires Tunessence
• “Save The Music” Relies On Kawai
• Mardak’s $5.0 Mil Scholarship Fund
• Rhythm Band To Distribute Fret King
• KMC Music In New Headquarters

Retailing
• Historic Steinert Building Sold
• Dale’s Drum Shop Top Zildjian Dealer
• All-County Music Recovers Stolen Oboes
• Heckman Retires From Dietze Music
• Inside Sweetwater’s New Store


     
     






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