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Meet New Gibson CEO JC‚ÄąCurleigh

Former Levi Strauss executive pledges to make a more guitar-focused Gibson “easier to do business with” and instill a “start-up culture” to make Gibson guitars number one “in the hands and hearts of musicians.”

James "JC" Curleigh brings a varied background to his new position as Gibson CEO. The son of a naval aviator...

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Steinway Steps Up Trademark Enforcement

Limits use of famed logo to only rebuilt instruments using Steinway parts. All others will be deemed counterfeit and in violation of trademark law.

Steinway & Sons is no longer licensing the use of its trademarks or logos for the creation of decals for use on
...

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RCF To Acquire DPA Microphones

Continuation of expansion drive that saw the acquisition of EAW last year.

RCF Group has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of DPA Microphones A/S from The Riverside Company. DPA, based in Alleroed, Denmark, is a premium brand in...

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Strong School Music Sector Faces New Challenges

At NASMD, “recruitment and retention” takes on double meaning in current school band and orchestra market

Blue water and white beaches provided an inviting backdrop to the recent meeting of the National Association of School Music Dealers. Held April 11-14 at the Margaritaville Resort in Hollywood, Florida, the annual get-together...

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Top U.S. Bechstein Dealers Attend 165th Anniversary Gala


Top C. Bechstein and W. Hoffmann dealers from the U.S. recently visited the C. Bechstein factory in Seiffennersdorf, Germany to participate in the famed piano maker’s 165th Anniversary. The event attracted more than 600 people from all over the globe. The gala event culminated with...

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Strong School Music Sector Faces New Challenges

At NASMD, “recruitment and retention” takes on double meaning in current school band and orchestra market

Blue water and white beaches provided an inviting backdrop to the recent meeting of the National Association of School Music Dealers. Held April 11-14 at the Margaritaville Resort in Hollywood, Florida, the annual get-together...

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FEATURED DATA REPORTS
                        

Top 225 Global Report

This two-part report includes: 1) A list of the leading 225 music companies around the world, ranked by the most recent full year revenues – plus additional data on each company. 2) Sales and demographic data on 41 countries where music products are sold.

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Music Industry Census Report

Comprehensive U.S. data on 55 product categories across the music products industry. Find ten years of figures showing sales by unit volume, wholesale and retail value, average unit price, and year-to-year trends, plus complete analysis.

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THIS MONTH'S FEATURES

Q&A: Tom Sumner

Yamaha Corporation of America’s first “local” president discusses untapped market opportunities, how his company is adapting, and why most forecasts are wide of the mark.

Tom Sumner was named president of Yamaha Corporation of America last April, the first American to hold the post since...

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The Music People Marks 40 Years

How ingenuity and a fearless determination to find solutions turned a fragile start-up into one of the industry’s leading suppliers.

For young Jim Hennessey, the first light bulb moment came during a late-’70s concert headlined by Crosby, Stills & Nash. Through the years, more concerts brought...

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Bridging The Hardware-Software Divide

Offering stunningly realistic software synths as well as high-value analog hardware, Arturia has expanded creative horizons, opened new markets, and racked up a decade of impressive growth.

Software exists in the ether of a “virtual reality” environment. Hardware is grounded in a tactile real world. This disparity explains...

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Music Trades' 2018 Companies To Watch


For our year-end Global issue, we highlighted companies from around the music products industry and around the world. From a high-end Israeli guitar maker to a Chinese effects pedal innovator to an American specialist in custom cases, you can read their stories here.

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