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September 2014

 

 


SEPT. 10 I SHOWS I NAMM
Steve Wozniak
to Speak at
Winter NAMM

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will open the Saturday breakfast session at the Winter NAMM Show, held January 22-25 in Anaheim, California. Wozniak will chat with NAMM CEO Joe Lamond about music, technology and some of the hard-hitting lessons learned during the early days of founding Apple with Steve Jobs.
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SEPT 5 I FENDER I APPOINTMENT
Fender Adds Beats President to Board 
Luke Wood, president of Beats, has joined FMIC's Board of Directors. Beats, recently purchased by Apple for $3 billion, grew into a household name under Wood's leadership and he was instrumental in facilitating the acquisition.{more}

AUGUST 20 I FENDER I COMPANY
Fender Building Capabilities to
Sell Direct

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) held a two-day business meeting the week of Aug. 4 with key North American dealers at the Fender Visitor Center in Corona, California. During the meeting, company announced it is building capabilities to offer the full Fender product catalog through its website in an effort to meet the demands, needs and desires of the modern consumer.
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AUGUST 19 I HAL LEONARD I DISTRIBUTION
Hal, Hamilton
Team Up
 

Hal Leonard is now distributing the entire portfolio of Hamilton Stands and accessories in the United States and Canada.
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AUGUST 19 I LOWE VINTAGE I OPENING
Father-Son Team Open Lowe Vintage
After more than a decade of road tripping and selling their vintage finds online, father-and-son team Ed and Will Lowe have opened Lowe Vintage Instrument Company, a brick-and-mortar store in Burlington, North Carolina. {more}

AUGUST 19 I GUITAR CENTER I OPENING
GC Takes on Times Square 
In a move that places it alongside the largest brand names in America, Guitar Center opened a new 28,0000-square-foot showroom in Times Square on Aug. 7. Here's a walkthrough and insights into GC's latest thoughts on store design. {more}

AUGUST 14 I TED BROWN MUSIC I ACQUISITION
Ted Brown Music Acquires Capitol Music
Ted Brown Music, based in Tacoma, Wash., is expanding to a new frontier: Seattle. {more} 

JULY 24 I NAMM I SHOWS
Summer NAMM
Biggest in Six Years

The numbers are in and NAMM is reporting July's show was the largest since 2008. {more}

JULY 24 I NAMM I BEST IN SHOW
Best in Show Spotlights Top Gear
Best in Show, the popular Saturday-morning breakfast panel discussion at NAMM U., highlighted the best products, services and companies on display at Summer NAMM 2014.
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JULY 24 I NAMM I AWARD
Candyman Strings & Things Nabs Dealer
of the Year

Rand and Cindy Cook, owners of Candyman Strings & Things in Santa Fe, New Mexico, accepted the Dealer of the Year award on July 18 at Summer NAMM's Top 100 Dealer Awards.
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JULY 24 I YORKVILLE SOUND I AWARD
Jack Long Receives
Order of Canada

Yorkville Sound and Long & McQuade founder Jack Long has received the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honors.
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JULY 24 I STANDARDS I BY KATHLEEN COSTANZA
Four Ways You Didn't Know the NAMM Standard Saves You Money
The old adage "time is money" is never more true than in the case of a busy retailer's day. The NAMM Ad-Hoc Technology Committee, though, has been hard at work for over a decade saving the industry time and money via B2B standards. {more}

JULY 24 I IN MEMORIAM I DANNY ROCKS
Industry Veteran Danny Rocks Passes Away
Danny Rocks, who served as the emcee and helped manage the Idea Center at NAMM shows since 2006, passed away in his Palm Desert, California, home early last week. He was 64.
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JULY 8 I NAMM I SHOWS I BY KATIE KAILUS
Bigger & Better
This year’s Summer NAMM promises to be big — in both physical size and educational offerings. Held July 17–19 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, visitors can an attend an array of educational sessions, concerts and networking opportunities, while also enjoying an expanded show floor. {more}

JULY 8 I NAMM I EVENTS
Summer NAMM Schedule
of Events

Retail Boot Camp, NAMM U Sessions and the Best in Show awards are only a smattering of the events that pack this year's show. {more}

JULY 8 I HAL LEONARD I DISTRIBUTION
Hal Leonard Inks Distribution Deal with QSC
Hal Leonard has reached an agreement with QSC to distribute all of its mixers, power amplifiers and speakers throughout the United States. Products started shipping July 1. {more}

JULY 8 I NRF I RESEARCH
NRF Teases Holiday Fact
From Fiction

The National Retail Federation released a report in early June that compared media reports and perceptions about the 2013 holiday selling season with research and data collected before, during and after the season. {more}

JUNE 17 I SABIAN I DISTRIBUTION
Sabian Announces Pearl as B&O Distributor

JUNE 17 I SWEETWATER I EVENT
Sweetwater's GearFest Busts Records

JUNE 17 I EASTMAN I ACQUISITION
Eastman Acquires S.E. Shires

JUNE 17 I NAMM I SHOWS
Summer NAMM to See 27 Percent Jump In Pro-Audio Brands

JUNE 17 I D'ADDARIO I AWARD
John D'Addario Accepts Lifetime Achievement
Award

JUNE 4 I GIBSON
Gibson CEO Looks Back on SWAT Raids

MAY 20 I GUITAR CENTER I SALES
GC Severs Relationship With Behringer

MAY 20 | D'ADDARIO I RELOCATION
D'Addario Moves Wire Mill

MAY 20 | FENDER I APPOINTMENTS
Fender Appoints New President, Executive VP

MAY 20 | DEAN ZELINSKY I OPENING
Dean Zelinsky Opens Factory Store

MAY 20 | NAMM I AWARDS
NAMM Names 2014 Top 100 Dealers

MAY 20 | N MEMORIAM I KAY KOSTER
Retail Pioneer Kay Koster Passes Away

MAY 6 I CORDOBA I ACQUISITION
Cordoba Announces Plan to Purchase Guild from Fender

APRIL 30 I GIST PIANO CENTER I PERSONNEL
New Partnership Drives Gist Piano Center's Growth

APRIL 23 I OVATION I CLOSING
Ovation Guitar Factory in Connecticut to Close

APRIL 23 I STEVE WEISS MUSIC I IN MEMORIAM
Percussion Industry Leader Steve Weiss Passes Away

APRIL 22 | MUSIC INC. EXCLUSIVE I MUSIC & ARTS I BY KATIE KAILUS
Music & Arts Acquires Two MI Retailers in Washington

APRIL 22 I INMUSIC I ACQUISITION
InMusic Adds
Three Brands

APRIL 22 | TMP I DISTRIBUTION
TMP Pro Named a Mackie Distributor
 

APRIL 22 | A MUSIC INC. EXCLUSIVE I BY KATHLEEN COSTANZA
To Yelp, Or Not To Yelp?

APRIL 9 | FENDER | RETIREMENT
Fender CEO Announces
Retirement

APRIL 8 I SAM ASH I PHILANTHROPY
WQXR, Sam Ash Collect Over 2,500 Instruments

APRIL 3 | GUITAR CENTER | NEWS
Ares Management Takes Control of GC

MARCH 14 I B2R I OPENING
Bach To Rock To Open 10 Locations

March 13 | Absolute Piano | News
Absolute Piano Destroyed in NYC Explosion

March 12 I Music & Arts I Acquisition
Music & Arts Acquires Seven Stores in Washington

A Music Inc. Exclusive
March 11 | Retail News | By Kathleen Costanza
Retailers Feel Winter's Chill

March 11 | Guitar Center | Opening
GC Opens Three Locations

March 11 | PMC | Event
International Drum Month
Moves to May

March 11 | NAMM | Awards
NAMM Accepting
Top 100 Dealer Entries

March 11 | Sam Ash | Event
Sammy Ash Takes Part in Reddit's Ask Me Anything Chat

Feb. 19 | Hello Music | Web
Hello Music Opens Online Marketplace

Feb. 18 | Guitar Center | Opening
GC Opens New Location in New York

FEB. 6 I SAM ASH MUSIC I OBITUARY
President of Sam Ash Music
Passes Away

FEB. 4 | NAMM | SHOWS
NAMM Sees Exhibitor Increase

FEB. 4 | SABIAN | ACQUISITION
Sabian Acquires Billdidit

FEB. 4 | HAL LEONARD | DISTRIBUTION
Hal Leonard and Tycoon Expand
Distribution Deal

Jan. 30 | Best In Show
‘Best in Show’ Highlights Top
Picks at NAMM

JAN. 21 I NAMM I SHOWS
NAMM Show 2014: Amplified Networking Opportunities

JAN. 15 I D'ADDARIO I COMMUNITY
D'Addario Offers Free Musical Lessons to Children

JAN. 15 I NAMM I AWARD
Lamond Honored at Midwest Clinic

JAN. 15 I ALL MUSIC I OPENING
All Music Tunes Up New Acoustic Room

JAN. 2 I YAMAHA I OBITUARY
Yamaha's Nan Tanker Passes Away




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