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TOP STORIES 

JAM Industries Acquired By DCC, Valued At $170 Mil.

Irish-based conglomerate views top m.i. and audio distributor as key to North American expansion plans.

DCC, a diversified Dublin, Ireland-based distribution business with revenues of £14.3 billion ($18.7 billion), has taken a controlling interest...

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Sweetwater To Invest $76 Mil. In Fort Wayne Campus

Sweetwater Sound has announced plans to expand its operations, investing $76.4 million into two new facilities on its 163-acre campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The move will add 1,009 new jobs over the next five years.

Construction will include a new 350,000-square-foot warehousing facility for product storage as well as...

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George Gruhn Honored With Bluegrass Award


Gruhn Guitars founder George Gruhn received a Distinguished Achievement Award during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) 29th Annual Awards Ceremony, held in Raleigh, North Carolina September 27. Long-time friend Vince Gill presented the award to Gruhn. The Distinguished Achievement Award honors those...

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Trademark War Simmers On

U.S.-based Mason & Hamlin struggles to defend the image of its historic piano brand in China.

Barriers to world trade have been a hot topic in the news. Debate over disruptive, dubiously targeted, unsettled policy and “easy to win” trade wars...

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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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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 200 Retailers Report

The 200 leading U.S. music retailers ranked by the most recent full-year revenues. Also included: employee and store counts, productivity statistics, products carried, and year-to-year trends – plus complete analysis.

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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

The Steinway Story

How a family of German immigrants developed the piano as we know it today, invented the concept of “brand building,” and laid the foundation for an enterprise that, 165 years later, enjoys a unique place in the global market.

Steinway is arguably the music industry’s most recognized trademark. For even the most musically indifferent...

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Luke Holland's Numbers Game

Gifted and shrewd, young drummer advances his career by optimizing his popularity on the world’s biggest stage.

Following last month’s spotlight on YouTube guitarist Jack Fliegler, we visit another talented musician and clever entrepreneur, drummer Luke Holland. Though just 25, Holland recently passed the 75 million views milestone...

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Tama’s Bubinga Challenge... (And Opportunity)

In the age of CITES, how a leading drum maker is navigating regulations and restrictions of a signature timber.

The music industry was rocked in 2017 when CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, imposed severe new trade restrictions...

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