Music & Arts is off to a strong start in 2018. It opened several new locations and acquired five music stores in the first quarter of the year. These new stores bring the retailer’s service-driven model into 164 communities across the U.S. and provide additional opportunities for aspiring musicians of all ages to explore and develop their musical skills.

In January and February, new stores debuted in Ft. Collins, Colo., and Scottsdale, Ariz. These were complemented by the acquisition of three existing affiliates: Clark Baker Music in El Centro, Calif,; Great Southern Music in Gainesville,Fla.; and Ponier Music in West Cobb, Ga., along with the acquisition of independent dealer Motter’s Music in both Lyndhurst and Canfield, Ohio. In addition, Music & Arts recently re-located its Waldorf, Md., store which was formerly Hot Licks Music.

“Music & Arts has entered a phase of rapid expansion as we are both entering new cities and filling in areas where Music & Arts have existing stores, with an opportunity to add additional locations. This is with the intent of expanding our lesson offering, as well as updating our format,” said David Fuhr, vice president of sales for Music & Arts.

In addition to opening new stores, Music & Arts also works with its independent affiliates in certain communities to bring them on board as official Music & Arts locations in order to continue providing high-quality music education to those towns and their school districts.

“It’s been shown that kids who develop a firm foundation in the arts do better in other areas of life, and so we’re proud to be bringing music education to communities across the U.S. In doing so, we also hope to bring up our industry’s next generation of musicians,” said Music & Arts President Steve Zapf.

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