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Gibson Names New CEO

Gibson Brands Inc. named James “JC” Curleigh as president and CEO. Curleigh joins Gibson from Levi Strauss & Co., where he served as president of the Levi’s brand, and was a member of its worldwide leadership team. Gibson also announced the appoi...

Music China Draws 110,000 Attendees

More than 110,000 visitors from 81 countries and regions crossed paths with 2,252 exhibitors during Music China in October, with attendees and exhibitors enjoying increases of 5 percent and 5.4 percent compared to the 2017 show, respectively. “We ...

October 2018 Digital Edition

COVER STORIES Drumming to a Different Beat Unlike in the past, new trends are driving the drum and percussion market that could shape the industry for years to come. Tariff Talk The Music & Sound Retailer adds this ever-important topic to...

Dealer Nominee Ballot Voting Is Open

VOTE NOW At the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, The Music & Sound Retailer will present the 33rd Annual Music & Sound Awards.  As you know, a Music & Sound Award is the industry's most prestigious award, and the only award based on a poll o...

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...