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May 2019
 


APRIL 16 I MUSIC EDUCATION DAY I LOBBYING
Music Ed Community Lobbies in Springfield, Illinois
On March 13, 10 professionals from the music education community drove into Springfield, Illinois, the state capitol, to lobby elected officials on behalf of the benefits of music education.
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APRIL 16 I CRUZTOOLS I REBRANDING
CruzTools Rebrands
as GrooveTech

Following the sale of its Powersports tool business, CruzTools has rebranded as GrooveTech. {more}

APRIL 16 I WEST MUSIC I AWARDS
West Music Awards Top Vendors
West Music honored several award recipients at its annual celebration held March 1 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. {more}

APRIL 8 I MUSIC & ARTS I APPOINTMENT
Jeff Gottlieb Joins
Music & Arts as New President

Guitar Center has appointed Jeff Gottlieb as president of its Music & Arts brand, succeeding Steve Zapf, who has served as president since 2012. Gottlieb will report directly to Guitar Center President and CEO Ron Japinga and will be based in Maryland at Music & Arts’ headquarters.
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MARCH 26 | YAMAHA CORP. | APPOINTMENT
Tom Sumner Named Operating Officer
of Yamaha Corp.

Tom Sumner, president of Yamaha Corp. of America, has been appointed as an operating officer of YCA parent company Yamaha Corp., effective April 1. This is the first time the Yamaha Corporation, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, has named an American-born executive to its roster of 10 operating officers.
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MARCH 12 I MANNY'S MUSIC I SALE
Former Manny's Music Site
Sells for $24.3M

The Real Deal reported Feb. 12 that Rockefeller Group bought vacant land at 156 West 48th St. in midtown Manhattan, after holding a long-term lease on the property, for about $24.3 million.
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MARCH 12 I ADJ I ACQUISITION
ADJ Group Acquires
Eliminator Lighting

Los Angeles-based ADJ has acquired Eliminator Lighting to broaden its product range. {more}

MARCH 12 I BILL BOYCE I OBITUARY
Piano Retailer Bill Boyce Dies at 78
William Clifton "Bill" Boyce Jr., who distinguished himself as a highly successful piano retailer throughout his 60-year career in the music products industry, passed away peacefully in his sleep Feb. 2 in Bradenton, Florida. He was 78 years old. {more}

MARCH 6 I YAMAHA GUITAR GROUP I APPOINTMENT
Yamaha Guitar Group Names President
Joe Bentivegna has been named president of the Calabasas, California-based Yamaha Guitar Group, effective April 1. {more}

FEB. 15 I KANSTUL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS I ORDERS
Kanstul Puts Hold on New Orders
Effective immediately, Kanstul Musical Instruments is putting a hold on new orders for instruments, parts and accessories. {more}

FEB. 5 I NAMM I EVENT I BY TYRA BOSNIC & KASIA FEJKLOWICZ
NAMM Heats Up Anaheim
As cold air masses descended from the Arctic into the Midwest and the Northeast, the MI industry enjoyed a musical heat wave during The 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Held Jan 24-27, NAMM welcomed more than 2,000 exhibitors representing 7,000 brands. {more}

FEB. 5 I SWIM I SCHOLARSHIP
SWIM Announces Scholarship,
Donation Challenge

During the Smart Women in Music Fund networking event at The 2019 NAMM Show, the chairs of the fund announced a scholarship opportunity for six emerging female leaders to connect, support and grow in their leadership and professional capabilities at Summer NAMM in Nashville, Tennessee, held July 18-20, 2019. {more}