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MAY 2010 I FAMILY BUSINESS I BY GREG & GRANT BILLINGS
All In the Family
A father-son writing team investigate how family businesses prepare the next generation for retail’s future challenges.
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AUGUST 2009 I MISSISSIPPI MUSIC I BY ZACH PHILLIPS
Surviving Hurricanes
How Mississippi Music snapped back from Katrina to reinvent itself as a better-managed buisness
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SEPTEMBER 2009 I TRENDS I BY JEFF CAGLE
Going Boutique
Several drum retailers turn to exclusive, high-end drum kits to weather the tough economy.
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JUNE 2009 I PIANO MARKET I BY GREG BILLINGS
What Went Wrong With the Piano Industry... And How to Fix It
Billings investigates the piano industry's current challenges and proposes solutions for moving forward.
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SEPTEMBER 2009 I MY TURN I BY TERRY LEWIS
What Went Wrong With the Piano Industry: An Alternate View

Music Inc.’s June 2009 cover story looked at the decline of the piano market. Industry veteran Terry Lewis offers a different take on the situation {DOWNLOAD ARTICLE}
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JULY 2009 I GUITAR TRENDS I BY JEFF CAGLE
Indie Guitar Brands
How lesser-known guitar brands can differentiate a dealership,
add to the bottom line
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JUNE 2009 I SUMMER PROMOTIONS I BY JENNY DOMINE
Summer Blues Busters
Ten tried-and-true retail promotions for bringing more summer fun,
sales into music stores.
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MAY 2009 I RETAIL FIRST AID I BY JEFF CAGLE
Retail First Aid
Four financial strategies to help music retailers survive the uncertain economy.
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DECEMBER 2008 I 2008 RETAIL EXCELLENCE AWARDS
2008 Music Inc. Retail
Excellence Awards

> Indie Retailer of the Year
> Chain Retailer of the Year
> Overall Excellence
> Customer Service
> Marketing Excellence
> Store Design & Display
> Education Excellence
> Retail Improvement
> Honor Roll

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NOVEMBER 2008 I STORE DESIGN I BY ZACH PHILLIPS AND JENNY DOMINE
2008 Music Inc. Store Design Annual
A walk through five music product retailers with store designs that breath music-making culture.

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PAST DESIGN ANNUALS
> 2007 Music Inc. Store Design Annual
> 2006 Music Inc. Store Design Annual




JUNE 2009 I EDUCATION I BY THERESA PERRY
Piano and the Brain
Increase sales, lesson sign-ups by boosting customers’ awareness of music’s power over the mind and body
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MAY 2009 I TECHNOLOGY I BY GORDON O’HARA
Print Music Revisited
Technology makes it simple for non-print dealers to sell and profit from the category
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MAY 2009 I MY TURN I BY MATT FRAZIER
A Call for Partnership
‘If you work with reps who don’t understand the long-term nature of being a business partner, you should move on to other reps.’

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