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JAM Industries Buys KMC Music

Deal transforms Canadian firm into leading player in the U.S. market, Mark Terry named CEO of new M.I. Division which includes U.S. Music Corp. and Davitt & Hanser

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has sold the assets of the KMC Music wholesale distribution business, including the trade name B&J Music, and certain proprietary brands to JAM Industries, Ltd., the largest music products distributor in Canada. The sale reflects the strategy... READ MORE

Music Trades Turns 125

NAMM honored Music Trades magazine on its 125th anniversary with a Milestone Award at the show in Anaheim. Aside from being the industry’s oldest continuously published magazine, Music Trades is also the fourth-oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S. Founded in 1890, it was acquired by John Majeski in 1929 and is currently managed by his grandsons. Left to right: Brian Majeski, editor, and Paul Majeski, publisher of Music Trades; Joe Lamond, NAMM CEO.

Apple Founder Wozniak On Music & Creativity

When it comes to fusing art and technology, there’s no higher authority than the pioneers behind Apple—which is why NAMM brought one of them to Anaheim. In a classic Day 3 breakfast session, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak... READ MORE

Breakfast Of Champions Honors Trendsetters & Legacies

If you went to NAMM to pick up on the latest trends, Breakfast of Champions had you covered—even when those trends looked more like déjà vu. NAMM’s traditional Thursday morning kickoff opened with none other than Tom Oberheim and Dave Smith, the ’70s-era analog synth pioneers whose gear is finding a renaissance... READ MORE

Guitar Panel Explores Market Growth Strategies

A panel comprising some of the most respected names in guitar manufacturing and retailing highlighted the annual membership meeting of the Guitar & Accessories Marketing Association, held... READ MORE

Sabian Takes Over U.S. Distribution

At a press conference on the opening day of NAMM, Sabian CEO Andy Zildjian referred to 2014 as being “a year of change,” adding: “Many of those changes were planned, and some have been thrust upon us.” The most dramatic change... READ MORE

Percussion Council Hosts Drum Industry Panel

The Percussion Marketing Council welcomed the broader industry to its annual membership meeting and featured a panel of some of the drum and percussion sector’s most respected business owners. Panelists included... READ MORE

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Complete NAMM Report: What went down in Anaheim, and why it matters

Special Features
Apple Founder Wozniak Discusses Music & Creativity
How To Expand The Guitar Market: A Distinguished Panel Weighs In
NAMM’s Breakfast of Champions: A Group of Leaders Offer Career & Market Insights
Yamaha Hosts Star-Studded Concert
Peavey Marks 50th Year With Lynyrd Skynrd
Roland’s Digital/Analog Hybrid Technology
Sabian Takes Over U.S. Distribution
Assessing The Percussion Market
How Yamaha Is Reimagining The Keyboard Market
Back To The Future: Korg Reintroduces ARP Synth
DW Management Discusses KMC Percussion Deal
Samick Honors Top Retailers
New Audix How-To Video Aids Band Miking
She Rocks! Women In Music Are Honored
Top Performing SKB Reps Receive Awards
Kawai Celebrates Retail Excellence
KHS Unveils New Approach To Electronic Percussion
Saga, Shubb Showcase Roots Music, Gypsy Jazz
Taylor’s New “Sustainable” Maple Guitars

JAM Industries Acquires KMC From Fender: Canadian firm will expand U.S. presence, and guitar maker will re-focus efforts on Fender brand

Wanamaker New President At Roland

Ernie Ball’s Changing Of The Guard

• DW’s Lombardi Discusses KMC Acquisition
• Alvarez Guitar Marks 50th Year
• KHS Acquires Hohner US
• Dave Smith Reacquires Sequential Brand
• Independent Takamine Guitars “Healthy”
• American Music & Sound To Distribute Kurzweil Home Keyboards
• JHS Receives Milestone Award
• New Leadership At Manhasset Stands
• PreSonus Celebrates 20th Anniversary
• Hal Leonard Expands In Europe, Buying EMC
• Backun Names Chinese Distributor

• Sweetwater Sales Up 28% In 2014
• Guitar Center Trims Headquarters Staff
• B&H Photo To Sell Guitars
• Rhapsody Piano Opens In Richmond
• New Home For Ward-Brodt Music
• Cascio Sponsors NBA Drumline
• Retailer Rapped In Consignment Scam
• Bills Music Honored By Maryland Officials
• Fox Music On NBC News


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