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Why It’s Important For Brick-And-Mortar Stores To Stock DJ And Lighting Gear

Why It’s Important For Brick-And-Mortar Stores To Stock DJ And Lighting Gear

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The rise in popularity of e-commerce has many believing that the epitaph should already be written for brick-and-mortar retail operations. It’s easy to see why. According to online retail projections by Forrester, e-commerce sales in 30 retail groups are expected to grow to $414 billion by 2018. However, research also shows that actual retail locations—not […]

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DJ & Lighting Products Continue To Help Power MI Stores

DJ & Lighting Products Continue To Help Power MI Stores

| August 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

DJ gear and lighting equipment present a compelling value proposition to full-line, brick-and-mortar music stores. At a time when retailers are feeling the squeeze from Amazon.com and chain retailers—not to mention digital devices that are drawing kids away from musical pursuits—savvy dealers are enjoying the relatively high margins that DJ and lighting products afford, while […]

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Pro-Audio Manufacturers Outline A Persuasive Value Proposition

Pro-Audio Manufacturers Outline A Persuasive Value Proposition

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Having just returned from Las Vegas and the InfoComm trade show—an exposition centered on the commercial AV market, but which includes a large number of pro-audio and live-sound companies—I have the amp and speaker segment of our market very much on my mind. And it seems like a lot of you, our retailer readers, do, […]

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Largest Ever NAMM Fly-In Builds On Past Successes

Largest Ever NAMM Fly-In Builds On Past Successes

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Twenty-fifteen ended on a triumphal note for many in the music products industry, as Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on December 9 and, the next day, President Obama signed it into law. MI industry members, who have traveled to Capitol Hill annually since 2005 for the NAMM Music Education Advocacy DC Fly-In, […]

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Dealers Attending Summer NAMM Gain Strong Competitive Advantage

Dealers Attending Summer NAMM Gain Strong Competitive Advantage

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

(L-R): NAMM President/CEO Joe Lamond with NAMM Chairman Mark Goff. Last month’s Summer NAMM show, emanating from Music City Center in Nashville TN from June 23 to June 25, was a strong showing for both the association and the music products industry that it represents. The exposition, which, this year, moved to Halls C and […]

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The She Rocks Showcase Presents Talented Female Performers

The She Rocks Showcase Presents Talented Female Performers

| July 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The ASCAP Expo is a bustling event that’s focused on the makers of music. Housed at the Loews hotel in the heart of the lively tourist scene in Hollywood CA, the Expo is a mecca for glamorous and hardworking pop and hip-hop superstars and behind-the-scenes masters, all of whom share their insight and advice with […]

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Summer NAMM New Product Spotlight

Summer NAMM New Product Spotlight

| July 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Everybody knows that the NAMM Show in Anaheim is jam packed with product debuts…probably more of them than anyone could count. However, as Summer NAMM regains strength and becomes more of a destination show, it, too, is starting to be recognized as a prime occasion to release innovative new products. That’s why, a couple of […]

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Summer NAMM Gears Up For Burning Topics, Sizzling New Products

Summer NAMM Gears Up For Burning Topics, Sizzling New Products

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even though everyone, myself included, loves the weeklong music products frenzy that is the NAMM Show in Anaheim, it’s nevertheless true that Summer NAMM—the big show’s smaller, Nashville-hosted sibling—is the show to which I most look forward and at which I have the best time. The reason is simple: We frequently describe the music products […]

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Celebrating ‘The Good Stuff’ Going On In The MI Industry

Celebrating ‘The Good Stuff’ Going On In The MI Industry

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Given how easy it is for all of us—retailers, manufacturers, reps and journalists alike—to focus solely on the next quarter, the next meeting or the next issue, it’s important to remind ourselves now and then that there are causes larger than ourselves and our businesses. Whether it’s a research hospital that treats deadly diseases, an […]

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Year’s End Thwarts Otherwise Good 2015 For Guitar Sales

Year’s End Thwarts Otherwise Good 2015 For Guitar Sales

| April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

These are uncertain economic times. There are two schools of thought as regards where the economy is heading. The first points to a recession, which, according to Bank of America, there is a 25-percent chance of. If this were to come to pass, musical instrument retailers could find it tough sledding, assuming the old adage […]

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