The exterior of a Music & Arts store in 2018.

Music & Arts Opens 200th Location

Music & Arts has opened its 200th store in Silverado Ranch, Nevada. In 2018, the retail chain opened more than 40-plus new locations.

"A strong music education during childhood provides a great foundation for learning, and we're proud to play this role in the lives of children," said Steve Zapf, Music & Arts president. "Since the beginning, we've held true to our mission: to ensure access to high-quality music education in towns and school districts across the U.S. We've also taken care to ensure that each store offers personalized attention and a welcoming experience."

In response to the milestone, Music & Arts included the following quotes from industry executives in its Jan. 8 statement.

"Give A Note Foundation's mission is all about spreading the love of music through empowering music teachers, so we're thrilled to celebrate this milestone with Music & Arts," said Beth Slusher, Give A Note Foundation CEO.

"Yamaha congratulates Music & Arts on its recent 200th store opening," said Garth Gilman, corporate vice president at Yamaha Corporation of America. "Balancing the manifold challenges of being a full-service school music retailer while scaling up business operations to support 200 storefronts is an impressive accomplishment. Yamaha is honored to be a long-term partner with Music & Arts in providing high-quality band and orchestral instruments to musicians ranging from those just starting their journey to professional players."

"On behalf of our entire team at D'Addario, I would like to congratulate Music & Arts for reaching the 200-store milestone," said John D'Addario III, president of D'Addario. "We marvel at the fortitude and professionalism of the MA leadership team and staff in overcoming some daunting operational challenges, and now thriving in an extremely competitive marketplace. We are looking forward to partnering with Music & Arts in not only growing our respective businesses but also the industry, inspiring new music makers along the way."

"I know my dad Ben would be as impressed as my brother Phil and I are in seeing Music & Arts reach 200 locations," said Kenny O'Brien, former CEO of Music & Arts. "The local music shop, with great service, products and prices, has a place across the country. This accomplishment is a tribute to the great staff throughout Music & Arts!"