Levy’s Appoints International Sales Manager

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

07 TedBurgerLevy’s Leathers has announced the appointment of Ted Burger as international sales manager. Burger is a former professional guitarist and graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia with a degree in business management and marketing.

Burger’s MI career began at Costello’s Music in Fredonia, NY and since that time he has worked for Samson Technologies for two years and six years at Korg USA. Most recently he has been working at The Hanser Music Group in Cincinnati, OH.


NAMM Show Breaks Records Again In 2015

Friday, January 30th, 2015
Day 2 at NAMM 2015

Day 2 at NAMM 2015

As the music products industry returns home to 100 countries worldwide, they leave the 2015 NAMM Show empowered with fresh ideas and products to amplify the power of music. Held January 22-25, NAMM welcomed a record number of exhibitors to Anaheim. Major product debuts, a bumper crop of new-to-NAMM exhibitors paired with engaging thought-leaders created what many NAMM members called the freshest NAMM Show in years.


CMT 2015 Market Forecast Survey

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Canadian Music Trade surveyed MI store owners and managers across the country to get their feelings and predictions for their businesses and the industry at large for the new year. Here are the results…

In which direction do you think the Canadian economy will head in 2015 when compared to 2014?

It will be significantly better in 2015              9%

It will improve slightly in 2015                       43%

It will remain about the same in 2015             27%

It will worsen slightly in 2015                        15%

It will worsen significantly in 2015                6%


CMT eNewsletter Survey

Friday, October 17th, 2014

CMT eNewsletter Survey

Canadian Music Trade surveyed MI store owners and managers across the country to find about their experiences and practices regarding eNewsletters. Check out the From the Floor section on pg. 9 of the October/November issue of CMT to find out how and why to create an effective eNewsletter.

Here are the results…


NAMM Releases 2014 Global Report

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

NAMM reportNAMM has released its 2014 Global Report, which offers a snapshot of music industry sales figures for 21 countries. This year’s report includes a first appearance by the Czech Republic and a return of information from the United Kingdom. The report reveals music products industry sales figures, unit-sales information, analysis, and import/export numbers.

Related to Canada, the report states that “overall activity in the Canadian music products market for 2012 (the last year available, as compiled by The Music Trades magazine) was estimated to have increased approximately 1.8 per cent from 2011 levels to US$731 million, ranking Canada sixth overall in the world. The per capita estimate of US$20.93 per person ranks second in the world, just behind the United States. Though statistics for 2013 will not be available until next year, anecdotal evidence suggests the Canadian music products market continued to grow in 2013.”


Hal Leonard Distributing Hamilton Stands In Canada

Monday, July 28th, 2014

HalHamiltonHal Leonard Corporation and Hamilton Stands have agreed to a new distribution arrangement for the US and Canada. In effect since the 2014 Summer NAMM Show, Hal Leonard will be distributing the entire portfolio of Hamilton Stands and accessories.

Headquartered in Dayton and celebrating its 131st year, Hamilton Stands concentrates on stands and stand accessories.

“We’re thrilled to have Hal Leonard as a partner. A marriage between the leader in print music and an iconic music stand manufacturer is practically poetic,” comments Bob Jespersen, director of marketing and sales for Hamilton. “Hal Leonard has a terrific sales team with an impeccable record of customer service. The new markets and channels Hal Leonard is addressing will be well served with the innovative new products Hamilton is adding to a portfolio of practical support.”