The Retail Print Music Dealers Association (RPMDA) 2020 Convention, set to take place April 30 – May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans, La., will feature a “Power Hour,” and the ensuing “Spark.” Power Hour gives retailers and publishers a guaranteed time for one-on-one interaction, in a setting that attendees agree is much improved over the traditional booth/exhibit experience. The Spark time following each Power Hour allows individual attendees to explore further, ask additional questions, and build stronger relationships with the publishers of their choice.

The convention will also include guest speakers, breakout sessions and entertaining social events. While the program is still being finalized, plans are being made for a special group visit to attend the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, held at the Fairgrounds, an event that attracted over 475,000 last year.

The Hyatt Regency is located next to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, close to the Smoothie King Center and Lafayette Square. Just a short walk from the French Quarter and Bourbon Street, this four-star hotel features an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center.

RPMDA is a group of music retailers, publishers and others, committed to “providing a common meeting ground for the interchange of ideas among dealers, to promote ethical standards and policies in dealing with music publishers, and to promote better and more meaningful dealer-publisher relations.” Its first convention took place in 1976. The RPMDA Board comprises David Jahnke of Hal Leonard (President), Mike Watson of Remenyi Music (VP/Convention), Ron Manus of Alfred Music (VP/Secretary-Treasurer), Don Langlie of Poppler’s Music (Past President), and Karl Kjos of Neil A. Kjos Music Co. and Tracy Leenman of Musical Innovations, Members-at-Large. For more information about RPMDA or the 2020 Convention, please go to or to the RPMDA Facebook page.

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