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Summer NAMM Show Canceled

Nashville show is the latest in a string of industry events to be wiped out by the coronavirus crisis.

The 2020 Summer NAMM Show, scheduled for July 9-11 at the Music City Center in Nashville, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We sincerely recognize the importance...

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Coronavirus Crisis Cripples Industry

Suppliers furlough workers, retailers close stores, sales dry up. “This is our World War II.”

Restrictions imposed at the federal, state, and local levels to contain the coronavirus and “flatten the curve” have reshaped perceptions about the potential scale, speed, and spread of economic downturns. After a strong start...

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Guitar Center Employees Furloughed Amid Store Closures

Stores across the country have shuttered due to COVID-19 crisis, though digital operations remain online.

In a letter to vendors, Guitar Center CEO Ron Japinga announced that the leading retailer had furloughed 9,000 employees from Guitar Center and Music & Arts stores closed during the coronavirus crisis. Japinga himself has opted to forgo payment...

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Music Gear Back-Burnered As Amazon Pivots To Essential Goods

Amazon warehouses are currently accepting only groceries, medical supplies, and other essentials as consumers turn to home delivery during pandemic.

Music industry suppliers say orders from Amazon have essentially ceased...

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Thalia Capos Retools For Medical Gear

With experience in the medical device field, founder Chris Bradley puts his shop into service for pandemic fight.

Bay Area accessories maker Thalia Capos is retooling to build a simple but potentially life-saving device to help medical teams caring for critical COVID-19 patients. In addition...

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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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International Dealer Sales Report: 2020 Edition

Find sales and company data—including revenues plus employee and location counts—for leading retailers in 51 countries where music products are sold. Includes complete analysis on the state of music retail around the world.

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Music Industry Census Report: 2020 Edition

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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Thalia Capos Retools For Medical Gear

With experience in the medical device field, founder Chris Bradley puts his shop into service for pandemic fight.

Bay Area accessories maker Thalia Capos is retooling to build a simple but potentially life-saving device to help medical teams caring for critical COVID-19 patients. In addition...

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Web Panel Gauges Fallout From COVID-19

Adam Hall Group hosts virtual gathering with European industry pros and NAMM’s Joe Lamond.

It might help if we had something to compare this to, but voices from around the industry—and way beyond—agree COVID-19 is an entirely new kind of crisis. Following an avalanche of canceled music industry gatherings...

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Gator Crafts Masks For COVID-19 Effort

Manufacturer brings filtration features and musical designs to much-needed PPE.

Gator Co. is leveraging its sewn goods design and manufacturing abilities to produce a line of protective fabric masks, designed with a pocket to hold a replaceable filter. Offered in a range...

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Cunningham’s ‘Online Ensemble’ Unites Locked-Down Musicians

Musicians worldwide join in an effort to make music and raise spirits—while setting a template for technology in music education.

If you could add up the combined talents of all the musicians currently stuck at home under coronavirus “social distancing” orders, you’d have one hell of an ensemble. With that in mind, the team at Philadelphia’s Cunningham Piano Company...

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