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The 2017 NAMM Show I BY ALEX HARRELL
Where the Music Begins
There's only one thing left to do before The 2017 NAMM Show: wait. The majority of the exhibit floor for the trade show has been filled. Hotel rooms and flights to Anaheim, California, have been booked. Last-minute exhibitors scramble to finalize their displays and keynote speakers rehearse for the convention held Jan. 19– 22. {more}

JAN. 16 I NAMM FOUNDATION I AWARD
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry to Receive Les Paul Award
Aerosmith's co-founding member and lead guitarist Joe Perry will receive this year's Les Paul Award during the 32nd annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, to be held Saturday, Jan. 21 in Anaheim, California — during The NAMM Show. {more}

JAN. 16 I The Women’s International Music Network I EVENT
2017 She Rocks Awards Honorees Announced
The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) has announced the 2017 She Rocks Awards honorees. {more}

JAN. 12 I HAL LEONARD I APPOINTMENT
Hal Leonard Names Two New VPs
Hal Leonard has announced the promotions of two long-time employees. {more}

JAN. 10 I REVERB.COM I WEB
Reverb.com Rolls Out Reverb Sites
Reverb.com has introduced Reverb Sites, a service that helps sellers promote their music business online. {more}

JAN. 9 I TKL I PROGRAM
TKL Releases Retail Support Network
At The 2017 NAMM Show, TKL will announce its Retailer Support Network (RSN) sales program of authorized musical instrument retailers. {more}

JAN. 9 I ALVAREZ I CONTEST
Alvarez Dealers Get Chance to Win $10K Guitar
Alvarez has announced a first quarter drawing that will give Alvarez dealers the chance to win a one of a kind, custom Yairi guitar valued at a retail price of $10,000. {more}

JAN. 9 I GUITAR CENTER I OPENING
GC Expands Presence in Texas
Guitar Center has been expanding its presence in the Texas market with store grand openings in Cedar Hill in October 2016, and north Fort Worth in November 2016. {more}

JAN. 9 I RHYTHM BAND INSTRUMENTS I ACQUISTION
RBI Purchases Toca Percussion
Rhythm Band Instruments (RBI) has purchased Toca Percussion from Drum Workshop. {more}

DEC. 15 I NAMM I EVENT
NAMM Announces 8 TECnology Hall of Fame Inductees
The NAMM Foundation has announced that eight culturally significant musical inventions, ranging from 1954–1998, will be inducted to the TECnology Hall of Fame on Jan. 21 during The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The ceremony will be presented by The NAMM Museum of Making Music and will be hosted by veteran pro-audio journalist George Petersen. {more}

DEC. 12 I GUITAR CENTER I THEFT
Armed Robber Steals $10K From Guitar Center
An armed robber stole more than $10,000 in cash from a Guitar Center in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. {more}

DEC. 12 I HAL LEONARD, SCHAUM PUBLICATIONS I ACQUISITION
Hal Leonard Acquires Schaum Publications
Hal Leonard announced they have acquired Schaum Publications which specializes in educational piano materials. {more}

DEC. 12 I MUSICAL INNOVATIONS I AWARD
Musical Innovations Owner Receives Award
Tracy Leenman, owner of Musical Innovations in Greenville, South Carolina, has been named the winner of the 2016 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. {more}

DEC. 7 I ERNIE BALL, KMC MUSIC I DISTRIBUTION
KMC Distributes Ernie Ball
KMC Music has been appointed to serve as a United States distribution partner by Ernie Ball. {more}

DEC. 1 I ERNIE BALL I COMPANY
Ernie Ball Debuts Spring Collection
Ernie Ball has debuted 27 models that are part of the Music Man 2017 product line, which includes the Monarchy Series John Petrucci Majesty guitars, 30th Anniversary StingRay5 bass and the Cutlass guitar. {more}

NOV. 29 I GUITAR CENTER I LEGAL
Guitar Center Violates Labor Laws
On Nov. 7, The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Guitar Center violated federal labor laws by refusing to bargain in “good faith” on first written contract proposals for workers in Chicago, Las Vegas and New York City, reported Bloomberg BNA. {more}

NOV. 17 I PAISTE I OBITUARY
Paiste's Principal Passes Away
Robert Paiste, cymbal maker and company principal of Paiste, has
died. He was 84.
{more}

NOV. 15 I SAMSUNG, HARMAN I ACQUISITION
Samsung Acquires Harman
Samsung and Harman International announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire Harman for $112.00 per share in cash, or total equity value, of approximately $8 billion. {more}

NOV. 14 I KMC I DISTRIBUTION
KMC Adds Three Audio Brands
KMC Music has been appointed by Ashly Audio, Audix and Ultimate Accessories to serve as their United States distribution partner. {more}

NOV. 14 I NAMM FOUNDATION I AWARD
Aerosmith's Joe Perry to Receive Les Paul Award
As part of the 32nd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (TEC Awards), the NAMM Foundation has announced that Aerosmith's co-founding member and lead guitarist Joe Perry will receive this year's Les Paul Award. {more}

NOV. 14 I GIBSON, JHS I LEGAL
Gibson Loses $8 Million Lawsuit to JHS
On Sept. 29, U.K. guitar maker John Hornby Skewes (JHS) was granted summary judgement dismissing an $8 million guitar counterfeiting claim brought against it by Gibson Guitars. {more}

NOV. 14 I D'ADDARIO I COMPANY
NY Senator Features D'Addario
D'Addario was selected as a featured New York company for one of a handful of commercials running as a series for New York Sen. Charles Schumer's recent re-election bid. {more}

NOV. 14 I THE MUSIC ROOM I ACQUISITION
Palatine Music Center to Continue its Legacy
The Music Room announced that it's joining forces with Palatine Music Center, enabling the continuation of the 32-year-old Palatine Music Center, as owner Steve Achenbach retires. {more}

NOV. 14 I GUITAR CENTER I EVENT
GC Prepares for 28th Annual
Drum-Off

Guitar Center's Drum-Off contest will hold its semifinals on Nov. 15. The Grand Finals of the retailer's annual search for the top undiscovered drummer will be Jan. 14, 2017, at The Novo in Los Angeles. {more}

OCT. 18 I KMC, SAMSON I DISTRIBUTION
KMC Music Distributes Samson
KMC Music has been appointed to serve as a distribution partner for the Samson Technologies line of pro-audio and wireless products. {more}

OCT. 17 I DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL I COMPANY
Go Inside the World of DCI
From Executive Producer Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Fuse Network's new series "Clash of the Corps" is opening up the world of Drum Corps International (DCI) and showing what it takes to be part of "Marching Music's Major League." {more}

OCT. 17 I SPICER'S MUSIC I AWARD
Spicer's Music Wins Local Business Award
Spicer's Music was awarded the Auburn, Alabama, Chamber of Commerce honor for Best of Small Businesses. {more}

OCT. 17 I BLUES ANGEL MUSIC I AWARD
Blues Angel Music Awarded by Chamber
Blues Angel Music has been named the Greater Pensacola Chamber's Small Business of the Month for September of this year. {more}

OCT. 17 I NAMM I EVENT
NAMM Musikmesse Russia Sees Increase in Attendees
Held Sept. 14-17, NAMM Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound included events, demonstrations, meetings, professional development opportunities and exhibitions. {more}

OCT. 11 I THE MUSIC LINK I WEB
TML Launches
E-commerce Site For Dealers

The Music Link (TML) has launched a new online store for its dealers with a look and feel similar to traditional online retail. The site offers up-to-the-minute product offerings, 24-hour access and easy order entry across the entire Music Link catalog. {more}

OCT. 3 I EASTMAN, BACKUN I DISTRIBUTION
Eastman, Backun Join Forces
Eastman Music Company has entered into a long-term exclusive distribution agreement with Backun Musical Services, manufacturer of clarinets and woodwind accessories, to bring the Backun line of products to Eastman dealers in North America. The agreement leverages Eastman’s strong brand and dealer relationships, while offering dealers access to a premium line of clarinets — from student through professional models. {more}

OCT. 4 I HAL LEONARD, LINE 6 I DISTRIBUTION
Line 6, Hal Leonard Reach Exclusive Deal
Hal Leonard is now the exclusive distributor of all Line 6 products in the United States. The company previously had been a non-exclusive distributor of Line 6 since 2011. The new deal coincides with the release of Line 6’s new Spider Amp V. {more}

SEPT. 22 I GUITAR CENTER I PERSONNEL
Truesdale Named GC Board Chair
Guitar Center has added retail veteran Tony Truesdale as chairman of the board of directors. The current chairman, Norman Axelrod, will remain as member of the board. {more}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 




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