NAMM Releases New Oral History Interviews

Friday, August 8th, 2014

namm oralNAMM has added five new interviews to its extensive Oral History collection.

In this round of interviews, Ray Stevens (pictured) spoke about the “streak” that is his career as a songwriter and music publisher. Albert Lee told the association about his career along with his connections with the industry, and Jeff Greenberg, the owner of The Village recording studio, covered the rich history of his Santa Monica based studio. A special group of retailers including Connie Smith, and Kevin and Art Hedley were each interviewed about their store’s history, as well as their current focus within their businesses.

To view all the NAM Oral History interviews, go to

Ayotte Named One To Watch At Summer NAMM

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Ayotte Summer NAMM

Congratulations to Ray, JD, and our friends at Ayotte Drums for being named a Company To Watch at Summer NAMM 2014 in Nashville. Great to see a Canadian manufacturer getting some attention they deserve.

“We’ve been getting a lot of attention through social media in the last two years, and it’s great to see more excitement about Ayotte from the industry,” comments JD Beaudoin, president and CEO of Ayotte Drums. “We’ve proven we would do what was needed to preserve the prestige of our brand and that includes making no compromise on the sound and quality of our product. Winning the Company to Watch prize at Summer NAMM is an affirmation that we are able to adapt to the new challenges dealers have to face and to what the consumer is looking for. Ayotte is undoubtedly back!”

On a related note, Beaudoin was interviewed for our story “The Domestic Edge?” about boutique Canadian manufacturers in our June/July 2014 issue, which you can check out right here.

Still Time to Register for Summer NAMM

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

FloorNow housed in Nashville’s Music City Center, organizers are reminding everyone that there is still time to register for Summer NAMM, running July 17-19. The show offers plenty of time to explore the floor, attend professional education sessions, and network with peers. Here are a few opportunities to consider:

Sign up for Retail Boot Camp––a full-day session designed to prepare you for a more profitable fourth quarter.


Music Law Handbook for Canada Now Available

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

book coverNow available from Music Books Plus is the Music Law Handbook for Canada by Toronto-based lawyer Paul Sanderson.

Understanding rights and obligations is fundamental in today’s music industry. The Music Law Handbook for Canada covers key legal aspects including: copyright, protecting intellectual property, trademarks, business entities, contracts, and music publishing.

This short, information-packed booklet is written by Toronto-based lawyer Paul Sanderson, who has practised entertainment and arts law exclusively since 1983. He is co-founder of ALAS (Artist Legal Advice Services), Canada’s first summary advice legal service which offers free legal advice for artists of all disciplines, and is an instructor at Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production. Paul is also a founding member, guitarist and songwriter for Blue Room.

For more information, go HERE.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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AV Pros To Take A Swing At The Pro AV Golf Tournament

Friday, May 16th, 2014

09 AVGolfMembers of the pro AV community will come together on May 29, 2014, for the 14th annual Pro AV Golf Tournament at the Glen Eagle Golf Club in Caledon, ON.

All the money raised from the tournament will go to Friends of Music Therapy, which supports the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children Music Therapy Program. The registration fee for golfers is $145 and that includes green fees, power carts, lunch, and a barbeque dinner, plus all taxes and gratuities.

Glen Eagle is a 27-hole championship golf course northwest of Toronto, which has been one of the premiere courses in the Greater Toronto Area for more than 40 years.

For more information and/or to register for the Pro AV Golf Tournament, go to