Music & Arts acquired the four Mississippi Music stores located in Flowood, Biloxi, Hattiesburg and Meridian. These acquisitions represent the first Music & Arts locations in the state of Mississippi.
Mississippi Music has had a rich history in these communities serving families and schools, and the locations have now been welcomed into the Music & Arts family of stores. The agreement was finalized and went into effect on July 21. Terms were not disclosed.
“After 75 years, it was time to come up with a plan to transition Mississippi Music’s business in a way where it could continue to scale and grow to keep up with the demand of our beloved and loyal customers,” said Rosi Johnson, owner of Mississippi Music and former NASMD President and NAMM board member. “This acquisition is the best of all possible outcomes as Music & Arts will bring more diversity, more options and continue to be located across our areas to serve our musicians, school music programs and customers. This is not the end but a new beginning.”
Mississippi Music is a top 100 MI retailer with an extensive presence covering most of the state of Mississippi. It has been a highly successful resource for rentals as it generates an estimated thousands of new rentals annually. As Music & Arts, the stores will continue to proudly serve the needs of students and the strong music programs in these areas by providing musical instrument lessons, rentals, sales, repair, and accessories.
“What a pleasure to join forces with Rosi and her teams to carry on their rich 75-year legacy of serving the Mississippi music community. We look forward to serving local musicians for generations to come, said Jeff Gottlieb, President of Music & Arts. “We have been so impressed with the local teams and are honored that so many have chosen to continue their careers with Music & Arts. Customers can expect the same exceptional service with an emphasis on great product, lessons, and school music services.”
In transitioning to Music & Arts, all of the Mississippi Music retail staff, education reps and repair techs have the option to remain in their current positions. Five dedicated education reps will continue to work based out of these locations, one apiece at Hattiesburg, Biloxi and Meridian, and separate primary and secondary education reps at Flowood. These reps maintain an intensive strategy of meeting one-on-one with every music educator possible in their communities.
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