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February 2015

 

 


JAN. 28 I NAMM I BEST IN SHOW
‘Best in Show’ Highlights Top Gear at 2015 NAMM Show
Best in Show, the popular Sunday-morning breakfast panel discussion at NAMM U, once again highlighted some of the coolest and most innovative gear and companies on display at The NAMM Show 2015. {more}

JAN. 21 I ROLAND I PERSONNEL
Wanamaker Named President, CEO of Roland Corp. U.S.
Roland Corp. announced two senior management appointments today. Effective Feb. 1, Jay Wanamaker will become the president and CEO of Roland Corp. U.S., while Kim Nunney (the current president and CEO) will become executive vice president of global business development for professional A/V for Roland Corp. {more}

AN. 20 I NAMM I EVENT I BY KATIE KAILUS
Strike a Chord
In need of some business inspiration, innovative selling strategies and proven ideas? Look no further than this year’s NAMM Show, held Jan. 22-25 in Anaheim, California.
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JAN. 20 I NAMM I BREAKFAST SESSION SPEAKER
Wozniak Prefers Shopping In-Store
During Saturday’s “Breakfast Session,” Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will speak about innovation and creativity with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. Music Inc. got the chance to speak exclusively with Wozniak and got some insight on his musical background as well as how he likes to shop. {more}

JAN. 20 I TEC I EVENT
Slash to Receive Les Paul Award During TEC Awards
Iconic guitarist Slash will receive the Les Paul Award during the 30th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Saturday, Jan. 24 in Anaheim, California — during The NAMM Show. Comedian Sinbad will host the event which honors individuals and companies across 30 categories for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production. {more}

JAN. 13 I GUITAR CENTER I LEGAL
Guitar Center Sued Over Handicap Accessibility
Guitar Center was issued a class action lawsuit on Jan. 2 in a Los Angeles court, alleging the musical instrument retail stores lack suitable handicap accessibility accommodations. The suit outlines handicap accessibility obstructions at several California Guitar Center stores.
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JAN. 9 I KHS, HOHNER I ACQUISITION
KHS America Acquires Hohner Inc. USA
KHS America has announced plans to acquire Hohner Inc. from Matth. Hohner GmbH in Trossingen, Germany.  Hohner is the exclusive North American provider of Hohner branded harmonicas, accordions, melodicas, guitars and bluegrass instruments as well as Sonor Drums and Orff Instruments, Lanikai and Kohala Ukuleles, H. Jimenez guitars, Hohner Airboard, Hohner Kids and Greentones children’s instrument brands. Transfer of ownership will take place on Jan. 12. {more}

JAN. 7 I SWEETWATER I LEGAL
Sweetwater Alleges Copyright Infringement
Sweetwater Sound has gone on the attack against more than 70 retailers who the company claims have plagiarized copy from sweetwater.com. The alleged violations range from a few pages of content to as much as hundreds and even thousands of pages, according to Sweetwater. In response to these infringing acts, Sweetwater has increased its efforts to defend itself and its intellectual property rights. {more}

JAN. 7 I FOCUSRITE I CORPORATE
Focusrite Goes Public
Focusrite has listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange. The ticker symbol is TUNE. {more}

JAN. 6 I KMC, DW I SALE
KMC Music Sells Percussion Brands, Ovation Guitars to Drum Workshop
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that its subsidiary, KMC Music, has sold its owned and licensed percussion brands, including Gretsch Drums, Latin Percussion, Toca Percussion, KAT Percussion and Gibraltar Hardware — as well as the Ovation guitar brand and the exclusive U.S. distribution rights for Sabian Cymbals — to Drum Workshop, Inc., the manufacturer of DW drums, hardware and accessories. {more}

DEC. 22 I MUSICIAN’S FRIEND I PERSONNEL
Joly Steps Down as President of Musician’s Friend
Gene Joly has stepped down as president of Musician’s Friend, effective immediately. {more}

DEC. 16 I LONG & MCQUADE I PHILANTHROPY
Long & McQuade Auctions Off Instruments for Charity
The Long & McQuade location in Surrey, British Columbia is spreading holiday cheer this year by auctioning off painted instruments to benefit music therapy efforts at BC Children's Hospital. {more}

DEC 16 I SWEETWATER I CLINIC
Eagles Guitarist Hosts Clinic at Sweetwater
Legendary Eagles guitarist Don Felder recently visited Sweetwater's facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A long-time Sweetwater customer, Felder presented a full-day workshop for 15 aspiring songwriters. {more}

DEC. 16 I YAMAHA, KEYBOARD CONCEPTS I PHILANTHROPY
Yamaha, Keyboard Concepts Team Up, Donate Keyboards
Students at Haydock Academy of Arts and Sciences in Oxnard, California, recently received a major boost to their music program when Yamaha Corp. of America and Fountain Valley, California-based Keyboard Concepts donated eight keyboards for the students to borrow and practice on at home. {more}

DEC. 16 I GREENE MUSIC I RETIREMENT
Greene Music Owner Retires
Mike Greene, longtime owner of San Diego’s Greene Music, is retiring in January, having sold the store to Music Exchange, a multi-location retailer based in northern California. {more}

Nov. 24 I GUITAR CENTER I UPDATE I By Frank Alkyer
Point of Departure
At Guitar Center, Pratt, new ownership didn’t agree on corporate vision, so in walks Webb. {more}

NOV. 17 I GUITAR CENTER I PERSONNEL
Guitar Center Names New President, CEO
Guitar Center announced Nov. 17 that it has named Darrell Webb its new president and CEO, effective immediately. Webb was recruited by the company’s board of directors to lead Guitar Center as the company looks to capitalize on its growth prospects. Webb replaces former CEO Mike Pratt, who resigned on Nov. 17. {more}

NOV. 18 I GIBSON I OPENING
Gibson to Open Store at Former Tower Records Site
On Nov. 10, Gibson announced plans to renovate and reopen the former site of Tower Records in West Hollywood, California, as a special outpost for Gibson Brands. The company has signed a 15-year lease, with plans to showcase all of its musical instruments and consumer electronic lines in a venue that will also feature live performances. {more}

NOV. 18 I SHE ROCKS AWARDS I EVENT
Caillat Honored at She Rocks Awards
The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) has announced that it will honor Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat with a Video of the Year award for her song “Try” at the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the event will take place on Jan. 23 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during The NAMM Show. {more}

NOV. 18 I JERRY FREED I OBITUARY
Gator Cases Founder Passes Away
Jerry Freed, MI innovator and founder of Gator Cases, has passed away. He was 74. {more}

NOV. 10 I FOSTER FAMILY MUSIC I CLOSING
Foster Family Music Center to Close
Foster Family Music Center will be closing its doors on Dec. 20 after 30 years in business, citing “new family priorities” as the reason for the close. The Bettendorf, Iowa-based store was named a NAMM Top 100 Dealer in 2012 and 2013. {more}

 

 





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