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December 2014

 

 


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}

OCT. 21 I METRONOME MUSIC I CHARITY
Metronome Music, Yamaha Donate to Sending Hope Int’l
Larry Miller, owner of Metronome Music in Mansfield, Ohio, recently partnered with Yamaha to donate 10 7/8-size guitars, extra nylon strings and tuners to Sending Hope International, an organization founded by fellow Mansfielder, David Atkins. {more}

OCT. 21 I APHEX I MOVE
Aphex Moves Headquarters to Utah
Aphex recently moved to Salt Lake City in order to increase operational efficiencies by being closer to parent company DWV Entertainment and the core Aphex creative and engineering teams. The move, completed this month, includes opening a new Aphex warehouse in Utah to complement existing manufacturing and shipping facilities in California. {more}

OCT. 21 I FENDER I CHARITY
Fender, Hurley Team Up for Good Cause
Hurley and Fender have teamed up to recognize the 60th anniversary of the Stratocaster, while auctioning off 20 American-made, hand-painted Stratocaster guitars on eBay from Oct. 22-Nov. 1. The proceeds will benefit Waves For Water, an organization that brings access to potable water to nations in need. {more}

OCT. 21 I DIXON I CLINIC
Gregg Bissonette, Dixon Partner Up For Retail Store Tour
Gregg Bissonette, of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, partnered with Dixon Drums to put on a clinic tour of drum retailers in Northern California from Sept. 10-14. {more}

OCT. 21 I AUDIX I PROMOTION
Audix Offers Free VX5 With Purchase
Now through Nov. 30 Audix is offering a free VX5 premium handheld condenser with the purchase of any two products. {more}

SEPT. 22 I HAL LEONARD I PARTNERSHIP
Hal Leonard, Groove3 Announce Partnership
Hal Leonard Books,a division of Hal Leonard, and Groove3 have announced a long-term strategic partnership to develop and deliver content. {more}

SEPT. 22 I E.L. MUSIC I OPENING
E.L. Music Opens its Doors
Matt Robbins had a long-running dream of opening his own store after working in music retail for the past 20 years. Last September, Robbins and his father, Dwain, made the long-held dream a reality in less than eight short weeks when they decided to open E.L. Music in Worcester, Massachusetts. {more}

SEPT. 22 I GUILD I DISTRIBUTION
Guild Chooses GitaarBizz
Guild Guitars has named GitaarBizz its new distributor in Germany, Austria and the Benelux. {more}

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}

 





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