Sabian Announces 2015 PASIC Scholarship Winner

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Liam RobbinsSabian has announced that Liam Robbins of St. Johns, NL, is the winner of the 2015 Sabian/PASIC Scholarship. In his second year at Memorial University, the fluently-bilingual Liam has won a number of academic awards and is also a former Canada Games athlete.

Liam has been playing percussion and drum set for over eight years, has studied piano and voice, and at a young age also played the cello with the Suzuki program. He found his love for percussion through the Gower Community Band at the age of 11 and has been playing and performing with them ever since. He has also played in the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the MUN wind ensemble and the MUN percussion ensemble known as the Scruncheons.

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Music Innovations Wins ‘Dealer of the Year’ Honour at Summer NAMM

Monday, July 13th, 2015
Musical Innovations owner Tracy Leenman accepting the Dealer of the Year award.

Musical Innovations owner Tracy Leenman accepting the Dealer of the Year award.

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) honoured South Carolina’s Musical Innovations as the 2015 ‘Dealer of the Year’ at the fifth annual NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards. The Friday evening gala held during Summer NAMM in Nashville honours excellence and innovation in music products retailing. The ‘Dealer of the Year’ and seven other category winners announced on July 10 are chosen from among NAMM’s 2015 Top 100 Dealers.

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Robert Godin to Receive Honorary Degree from McGill

Monday, May 25th, 2015
Robert Godin

Robert Godin

Montreal’s distinguished McGill University will be hosting its 2015 spring convocation in the coming weeks and during the scheduled ceremony on May 27th, Godin Guitars founder Robert Godin will be the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree (D.Mus., Music) from the university.

“It’s an incredible feeling to be honored this way, especially by a prestigious university such as McGill,” says Robert Godin. “Our ongoing collaboration this past year enabled us to do research we wouldn’t have been able to previously do as a private company.”

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NAMM Releases 2015 Top 100 Dealers List; Includes 4 Canadians

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Top 100 DealersThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has released the 2015 edition of its annual list of the Top 100 Dealers. The industry will celebrate the 2015 Top 100 Dealers, 2015’s Dealer of the Year, and seven other category winners during the Top 100 Dealer Awards Friday night, July 10 during Summer NAMM.

This year, there are four Canadian retailers that made the list. They are: Bluedog Guitars of North Vancouver, BC, L.A. Music of Mississauga, ON, Merriam Music of Oakville, ON, and Wentworth Music of Kelowna, BC.

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RPMDA Accepting Nominations for the Don Eubanks Publisher Sales Rep Award

Monday, March 9th, 2015
Don Eubanks

Don Eubanks

The RPMDA is calling for nominations for the “Don Eubanks Publisher Sales Representative of the Year,” created in 2011 and named for RPMDA charter member and “Dorothy” award honoree Don Eubanks, whose dedication to the print music industry and service to his fellow RPMDA members over his 40-year career inspired the creation of this award. Previous winners of the “Donny” include Bruce Bush of the Hal Leonard Corporation, Elisa Palladino of Alfred Music Publishing, Maribeth Barrons of Hal Leonard Corporation, and Robin Galison of Music Gifts of England.

Those interested in nominating a publisher member representative are asked to submit a short nominating essay (250-500 words) to RPMDA headquarters by March 30, 2015. These factors should be kept in mind when describing the nominee’s qualifications:

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Coast Music Awarded Vic Firth’s ‘Distributor of the Year’ Honour

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Coast Music, a division of JAM Industries, has been awarded the 2014 North American Distributor of the Year from the Vic Firth Company. Despite the ongoing challenges within the percussion market, Vic Firth commended Coast Music on the continued support and sales effort that resulted in significant growth for the brand in Canada in 2014.

 “It is with great pleasure that I am informing you that Coast Music has achieved the 2014 North American Distributor of the Year award for your impressive sales growth achievements,” says Mark Dyke, Director of Global Sales at Vic Firth. “We wish you all the best for your sales efforts through 2015 and again, thank you to you and your team from all of us at Vic Firth! “

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