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Fender: Women Set the Pace For Aspiring Musicians

Half of all beginner and aspiring musicians in the United States and England are women, according to a new research study conducted by Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC) in conjunction with Egg Strategy. Musicians are playing guitar now more tha...

Rhode Island Retail

MI Spy has friends who even know little of my secret identity. Some of them are old pals of mine who have scant knowledge of my sleuthing in the music world, even if they have heard me sing along with the oldies radio stations. (And not half badly, e...

Leslie Ann Jones Joining TEC Hall of Fame

The NAMM TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) committee announced that Leslie Ann Jones, engineer, producer and director of music and scoring for Skywalker Sound, will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame at the 34th Annual NAMM TEC Awards...

A Strap is Born

A Star is Born continues to be one of the most talked about movies out today, with many praising the music, as well as acting performances by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. RightOn! Straps appeared throughout the movie. Cooper, who directed and sta...

Brad Smith, Vice President, MI Products, Hal Leonard

The Music & Sound Retailer: Who was your greatest influence or mentor and why? Brad Smith: First, thanks for asking these questions. It’s given me a chance to reflect. It’s inspiring to be reminded how fortunate I am to work in the music produ...

The ABCs of Affiliation

A couple of articles back, I mentioned in passing that we signed on with another company as an affiliate for band instrument rentals. That small sentence triggered a flurry of calls and emails asking about the process, my satisfaction with it and whe...

Guitar Center Celebrates Launch of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Guitar Center is celebrating the launch of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” set for release on Nov. 2, with a number of exclusive activities. First, in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox, Guitar Center is holding a sweepstakes, running through Oct. 10, wh...

WiMN to Honor Macy Gray, Lisa Loeb and Nita Strauss

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) named Macy Gray, Lisa Loeb and Nita Strauss as the first-announced honorees at the 2019 She Rocks Awards. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the seventh annual awar...

Searching for Mile High Service in the Mile High City

I was sitting at a surprisingly hip hotel bar in Madison, Wis., enjoying the second of two French martinis, when The Chief texted me with my next assignment. He said to hightail it to Dane County Regional and catch the next flight to the Mile High Ci...

Gibson Confirms November Post-Bankruptcy Plans

Gibson Brands Inc. officially announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has confirmed the its plan of reorganization, representing the final legal step before Gibson can emerge from Chapter 11. According to Gibs...