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APRIL 7 I MICHAEL KELLY I ACQUISITION
Michael Kelly Guitars Acquired by Founder
The original founder of Michael Kelly Guitars has acquired the brand from Hanser Music Group. The Florida-based group that is taking over Michael Kelly Guitars is led by the company‘s original founder, Tracy Hoeft. {more}

APRIL 7 I BAND OF ANGELS, YAMAHA I PHILANTHROPY
Yamaha, Nonprofit Purchase Disklavier for Low-Income School
The University of Kansas School of Music took delivery this week of a new Yamaha Disklavier reproducing piano, which will be transported to a local elementary school, enabling students in need at a rural, low-income district to take part in remote music lessons. {more}

APRIL 7 I GUITAR CENTER, LITTLE KIDS ROCK I PHILANTHROPY
Guitar Center, Little Kids Rock Replace Stolen School Instruments
Guitar Center recently partnered with Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit music education provider to U.S. public schools, to help replace audio equipment and instruments that were stolen from the John Marshall Fundamental Secondary School earlier this month. {more}


APRIL 7 I ARTIPHON I PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Artiphon Kickstarter Campaign Exceeds $1M
Artiphon –– the company that has been developing a digital multi-instrument since 2011 –– has exceeded the $1 million mark on its Kickstarter campaign, blowing past its initial goal by more than tenfold. {more}

MARCH 10 I SABIAN I DISTRIBUTION
Sabian Sells Direct to Retail in U.S.
Effective immediately, all sales and distribution of Sabian cymbals and accessories in the United States will be handled exclusively by Sabian Ltd. {more}

MARCH 10 I BERTRAND'S MUSIC I FIRE
Bertrand's Music's San Bernardino Store Catches Fire
Bertrand's Music's original location in San Bernardino, California, caught fire on Feb. 20, after an elderly driver crashed her car into the location's storefront.
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MARCH 10 I GUITAR CENTER I OPENING
Guitar Center Opens New Store in Central Illinois
Guitar Center opened its 264th location in Champaign, Illinois, on February 26, 2015. The latest store, covering 8,000 square feet, is the first in a series of grand openings in 2015. {more}

MARCH 10 I CADENZA MUSIC I ANNIVERSARY
Cadenza Music Celebrates 40 Years
Cadenza Music celebrated its 40th anniversary by inviting young musicians representing five schools to perform for an audience of over 400 customers, neighbors and friends. {more}

MARCH 10 I LENNIE DIMUZIO I OBITUARY
Former Zildjian Artist Relations Director Passes Away
Lennie DiMuzio, former artist relations director for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company, passed away on March 7. He was 81. {more}

FEB. 25 I TAKAMINE I DISTRIBUTION
Takamine Completes Global Distribution Reconfiguration
Takamine has completed its global distribution reconfiguration. The company has worked to free itself from a long-term distribution relationship with KMC Music Corp. — a division of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC). Takamine has terminated distribution relationships with Fender in more than a few dozen countries around the world, including the United States and Canada. {more}

FEB. 20 I PEAVEY I RESPONSE
Peavey Responds to Controversial Episode of CBS's "Undercover Boss"
Peavey Electronics was featured on the Feb. 15 episode of CBS’ “Undercover Boss,” a hidden camera realty show that disguises top executives as regular workers to see how their companies really work. {more}

FEB. 12 I FENDER I SALE
FMIC Sells KMC Distribution Business to JAM
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced on Feb. 10 that it has completed an asset sale of the KMC Music wholesale distribution business, including the trade name B & J Music, and certain proprietary brands, to JAM Industries, Ltd. JAM Industries is a global leader in the MI, pro-audio and consumer electronics wholesale distribution business. {more}

FEB. 12 I GUITAR CENTER I EDITORIAL I BY FRANK ALKYER
Be Careful What You Wish For
Music Inc. Publisher Frank Alkyer weighs in on the Competitive Futures post “The End of Guitar Center” by Eric Garland that has been sweeping the MI industry. {more}

FEB. 12 I SWEETWATER I EXPANSION
Sweetwater Debuts Campus Expansion
Sweetwater has debuted the expansion of its campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana. {more}

FEB. 12 I SOUND OF MUSIC I AWARD
Sound of Music Receives NAMM Milestone Award
NAMM has honored Sound of Music in Abbotsford, British Columbia, with the Milestone Award for 50 years of service in the music products industry. The award recognizes retailers and manufacturers who have succeeded over the years through best practices and strong community standing to reach a landmark anniversary. {more}

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}

 

 

 


 

 

 

 





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