Counterpoint Musical Services has been named the sole Canadian distributor for the Wood Violins line of electric violins and cellos. The instruments are designed and created by recording artist, performer, producer, inventor, and Emmy-winning composer Mark Wood. Dubbed “the Les Paul of the violin world” by PBS, the Juilliard-trained violinist got the industry’s attention in the early 1970s with his invention of the first solid body electric violin. His signature Viper violin is used by Lady Gaga’s violinist Judy Kang, Carrie Underwood’s violinist Jimmy Herman, and country artist Rachel Barton Pine, among others.
In 2015, the NAMM Foundation will invest $600,000 in grant funding into 17 global music making programs. This year’s list of grant recipients includes community, national, and industry-based organizations that provide access to quality music education and increase interest and participation in making music across the lifespan. Among the 2015 recipients is the Canada-based Coalition for Music Education.
Levy’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.
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.
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%
NAMM 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.”