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April 2020
 
APRIL 6 I D'ADDARIO I PANDEMIC STORIES
D'Addario Battles Covid-19 Fallout
The Long Island-based manufacturer deals with shuttered factories and furloughs during the pandemic and seeks to help by supplying medical masks to New York.
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APRIL 6 I GATOR I CORONAVIRUS
Gator Steps Up to Aid in Mask Shortage
To aid in the fight against the coronavirus, Gator Co. is drawing on its sewn goods design and manufacturing abilities to produce a line of fabric masks that include a pocket for replaceable filters and music-themed designs.
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APRIL 2 I NASMD I CORONAVIRUS
NASMD Business Meeting Goes Virtual

The National Association of School Music Dealers may have canceled its annual convention due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the organization still held its annual business meeting on March 26 via video conference.
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APRIL 1 | NAMM | CORONAVIRUS
Music & Arts Selling D'Addario VENN Advanced Synthetic Reeds

D'Addario Woodwinds has announced that its Venn Advanced Synthetic Reeds are available exclusively through Music & Arts online from now until April 30 and in select locations starting April 2020.
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APRIL 1 | NAMM | CORONAVIRUS
Government Passes Stimulus Package, NAMM Provides Resources

On Friday, March 27, President Trump signed a historic $2 trillion stimulus bill to provide funds to individuals, corporations and small businesses to combat the economic impact of Covid-19.
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APRIL 1 I GUITAR CENTER I CORONAVIRUS
Guitar Center Furloughs 9,000

Guitar Center has announced that it will furlough 9,000 employees in response to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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MARCH 27 I GUITAR CENTER I CORONAVIRUS
NAMM Hosts Webinar Aimed At Small Businesses During COVID-19.

The NAMM Foundation hosted the most recent in its new series of free webinars on Tuesday, March 31.
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MARCH 23 | GIBSON | CLOSURE
Gibson Temporarily Ceases US Operations

Gibson has announced the temporary closing of its U.S. operations, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 22, due to concern over the coronavirus.
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MARCH 19 | HERITAGE GUITARS, GIBSON | LEGAL
Heritage Takes Legal Action Against Gibson

Heritage Guitars has officially taken legal action against Gibson Brands over alleged trademark infringement since Gibson changed ownership in 2018.
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MARCH 18 | RPMDA l CANCELLATION
RPMDA Canceled Due to Coronavirus

Synthesizer companies Moog Music and Korg are making two musical apps free amid widespread cancellations and quarantine measures due to the coronavirus.
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MARCH 17 | NAMM FOUNDATION | EVENT
NAMM Foundation Offers Free Webinar

The NAMM Foundation, along with its partners and music teachers, is offering a free webinar titled Bridging the Gap: Teaching and Learning Music Online, in response to closures of music stores due to coronavirus.
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MARCH 16 | KORG, MOOG MUSIC | APPLICATIONS
Korg, Moog Music Offer Free Apps Amidst Coronavirus Shutdowns

Synthesizer companies Moog Music and Korg are making two musical apps free amid widespread cancellations and quarantine measures due to the coronavirus.
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MARCH 12 I NASMD I CANCELLATION
NASMD Canceled Over COVID-19

The National Association of School Music Dealers announced today, March 12, that it canceled its 2020 Convention, which was scheduled March 25 to 28 in St. Petersburg, Florida, due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus.
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MARCH 11 I AVID | CANCELATIONS
Avid Cancels Connect 2020 Over Coronavirus

On March 10, in response to the coronavirus outbreak, media technology leader Avid announced its decision to cancel participation in all trade conferences and other large face-to-face events globally for at least the next 60 days, including NAB Show 2020.
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MAR. 4 I MUSIKMESSE I POSTPONEMENT
Frankfurt Musikmesse Postponed Indefinitely Over Coronavirus

MI trade show Frankfurt Musikmesse, which had been scheduled for April 1-4, has been postponed indefinitely due to concerns over the spread of Covid-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus.
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MAR. 3 I ADAM HALL GROUP I CANCELLATION
Adam Hall Group Pulls Out of Prolight + Sound, Citing Coronavirus Concerns

Adam Hall Group has decided to pull out of participation in the technology show Prolight + Sound, scheduled March 31-April 3 in Frankfurt, Germany, citing concern over the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus.
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MAR. 2 I GUITAR CENTER I FINANCIAL
Moody's Downgrades Guitar Center's Ratings Outlook From Stable to Negative

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Guitar Center’s corporate family, probability-of-default and senior-secured-notes ratings from stable to negative.
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FEB. 27 I CASCIO I RECEIVERSHIP
Cascio Interstate Music Placed Into Receivership

Cascio Interstate Music and its affiliate Dynamic Music announced on Feb. 20 that they have filed a petition under Chapter 120 of Wisconsin State Statutes, which is similar to Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy law.
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FEB. 24 I GIBSON I TRADEMARK
Gibson Drops Appeal to Retain Ownership of Firebird and Thunderbird Body Shape Trademarks in EU

Gibson has now halted its efforts to own the Firebird and Thunderbird body shape trademarks in the European Union by withdrawing its appeal in the European Union Intellectual Property Office. 
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FEB. 18 I REVERB I APPOINTMENT
Reverb Names Jason Wain Chief
Technology Officer

Reverb announced that it has appointed Jason Wain as chief technology officer on Feb. 18. Wain has more than a decade of technology and leadership experience, most recently serving as senior director of engineering at Etsy. 
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FEB. 5 | D’ADDARIO | SALE
Jim D’Addario Sells Rare Guitars on Reverb for D’Addario Foundation

Jim D'Addario, who recently transitioned to positions as chief innovation officer and chairman of the board at D'Addario, is selling items from his rare guitar collection on Reverb staring today. All proceeds from The Official Jim D'Addario Reverb Guitar Collection will be donated to the D'Addario Foundation. 
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FEB. 03 I ROLAND I PERFORMANCE
R&B Artist H.E.R. Plays New Roland Grand Piano at Grammys

At the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, R&B artist H.E.R. performed her new ballad “Sometimes,” while playing Roland’s futuristic new concept model instrument, the GPX-F1 Facet Grand Piano. 
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