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Guest Editorial: The Downside To Manufacturer Direct Sales

Chuck Surack on why a “click to buy” button threatens to undermine longstanding retail relationships.

In recent months, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend of certain manufacturers selling their products direct to end-customers, bypassing the “traditional” rep/dealer chain. I have deep reservations about this trend, not just for its impact...

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Who Is Buying & Playing Guitar?

New consumer research from Fender paints a positive picture of the guitar market and offers a few surprises about the genders and motivations of contemporary players.

Who plays the guitar? What motivates them to take up the instrument? And what leads them to quit? These are a few...

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Mixed Signals From Music China

Escalating trade war fuels concerns about economic slowdown while improved education and marketing efforts elevate interest in music making and drive growing sales. Will the growth continue?

When the U.S. economy is challenged, sales in most music products industry sectors slump as well. China’s economy...

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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 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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CITES Considers Easing Tough Rosewood Regulations


The CITES Standing Committee endorsed suggestions from the music industry to amend its rosewood regulations at its October meeting in Sochi, Russia. CITES delegates present in Sochi unanimously agreed that trade in musical instruments is not detrimental the global health of threatened rosewood species forests and tentatively proposed...

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Guitar Center Hollywood Flagship Undergoes Complete Makeover

$5 million investment in fixtures and displays signaled by vibrant block-long Jimi Hendrix mural.

Guitar Center has invested $5.0 million to refurbish its 30,000-square-foot Hollywood store. Guitar Center CEO Ron Japinga remarked, “This investment into our newly revitalized Hollywood flagship location transforms it into...

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Unique Squared Liquidates


Unique Squared, the formerly high flying online retailer, has ceased operation according to a posting on its website that declares: “We Are Officially Wormfood.” At present the company is liquidating its remaining inventory. Some suppliers previously repossessed unpaid-for inventory. Ally Commerce, an internet service provider that grew out of Unique Squared...

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