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APRIL 9 | FENDER | RETIREMENT
Fender CEO
Announces
Retirement

Larry Thomas, CEO of Fender Musical Instruments since 2010, will retire May 31 according to the company. Current interim COO Scott Gilbertson will assume the role of interim CEO until Fender finds a successor. {more}

APRIL 8 I SAM ASH I PHILANTHROPY
WQXR, Sam Ash Collect Over 2,500 Instruments
Sam Ash Music lent nine stores around the New York region as drop-off locations for New York classical music radio station WQXR's 10-day instrument drive. The drive, which ended April 7, collected more than 2,500 instruments for under-resourced school music programs, far surpassing its original goal of 1,000. {more}

APRIL 3 | GUITAR CENTER | NEWS
Ares Management Takes Control of GC
Guitar Center announced today that Ares Management LLC has taken a controlling stake in the company through a partial debt-to-equity exchange. {more}

MARCH 14 I B2R I OPENING
Bach To Rock To Open 10 Locations
Bach to Rock (B2R) has signed a franchise agreement with Arpeggio Capital Partners LLC to develop 10 music schools in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs, Colo. {more}

March 13 | Absolute Piano | News
Absolute Piano Destroyed in NYC Explosion
Absolute Piano was located within one of the two buildings in Harlem that collapsed after an explosion caused by a gas leak on Wednesday morning. {more}

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

Music & Arts expanded into Washington state in late February with its acquisition of seven Music Centers stores. {more}

A Music Inc. Exclusive
March 11 | Retail News | By Kathleen Costanza
Retailers Feel Winter's Chill
Retailers didn't just feel this winter in their bones — they felt it in their bottom lines. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, January retail sales fell .4 percent from December and sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores saw a 1.4 percent decrease. {more}

March 11 | Guitar Center | Opening
GC Opens Three Locations
Guitar Center recently opened the doors to store number 256 in Cheektowaga, N.Y., 257 in Lafayette, La., and 258 in Palm Desert, Calif. {more}

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

The Percussion Marketing Council has moved International Drum Month to May and is relaunching the month-long event with a redesigned website and wider marketing campaign. {more}

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

NAMM is now <accepting entries> and recommendations for its Top 100 Dealer Awards which will be presented on July 18 at Summer NAMM in Nashville, Tenn. {more}

March 11 | Sam Ash | Event
Sammy Ash Takes Part in Reddit's Ask Me Anything Chat
Sammy Ash, COO of Sam Ash Music, appeared on social news site Reddit's Ask Me Anything live chat on Feb. 19, adding his name to a long list of past participants that includes Molly Ringwald, Bill Gates and Barack Obama. {more}

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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