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Bernie Williams awarded honorary degree from SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music
Uke heaven at Guitar Center's first Hawaii store


NAMM Fly-In Takes Music Advocacy To D.C.

Delegation calls for full implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act during three-day visit with Washington decisions-makers.

More than 100 music industry leaders, notable artists, and arts education activists descended on Washington D.C. for the annual NAMM Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In May 20-23. In meetings with...

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Mardak Retires From Hal Leonard, Morton New CEO

After five decades at the helm, Mardak steps down in a seamless management transition, will remain as board chair.

Keith Mardak, who built Hal Leonard Corporation into the world’s largest print publisher over the past five decades, is passing his CEO responsibilities to Larry Morton in...

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Amazon’s Shifting Retail Strategy

Is the online giant forcing smaller vendors to sell exclusively on its Marketplace to improve profits?

Amazon has stopped buying directly from thousands of small companies, pushing them instead to use third parties to sell on the Amazon Marketplace, according to...

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Steinway To Sell Unused Land To De Niro For $73 Million

Site to become a 500,000-square-foot film studio.

Steinway and Sons has entered an agreement to sell a 5.25 acre lot adjacent to its Long Island City factory to a group that includes actor Robert De Niro for $73 million. The renowned actor...

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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...


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: 2019 Edition

Sales & company data – including revenues, plus employee and location counts – for leading retailers in 50 countries. Includes complete analysis and company profiles on standout retailers. Excel version includes contact information & market data by country.

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Music Industry Census Report: 2019 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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A Different Kind Of Chinese Guitar Company

Investing in automation, spurning OEM contracts, and striving for global brand acceptance, Kepma enters the U.S. market with high-end acoustics that promise “boutique quality at mainstream prices.”

Are U.S. guitar consumers willing to pay more than $1,000 for a Chinese-made acoustic guitar? It’s an intriguing...

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Staying Power

How Mississippi Music has remained a regional retail powerhouse by not only accepting change, but by boldly, strategically initiating it for more than seven decades.

Music retail is hard. Profitability requires a combination of adaptation...

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D’Addario Reduces Environmental Impact With Innovative Packaging

CEO Jim D’Addario’s quest to turn “waste into worth."

The D’Addario Company has led the way in developing products and packaging that have the lowest possible environmental impact. A decade ago, CEO Jim D’Addario revolutionized...

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Château Musical Instruments

Asian instrument manufacturer makes strides in Western markets and expands product range beyond saxophones to include flutes, clarinets, and trumpets.

The United States’ vibrant school band and orchestra market is attracting a new generation...


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