Revitalized Summer NAMM Comes To A Close

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Summer NAMM Opens At Nashville's Music City Center

Members of the international musical products industry rolled into Nashville’s Music City Center between July 17-19 for Summer NAMM 2014. With increased buying power among attendees, a bigger show footprint, and many live music performances and networking events, the largest Summer NAMM in six years saw an increase in international attendance.

“NAMM members who attended Summer NAMM are leaving Nashville with a competitive edge to succeed in the second half of the year,” says Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM, following the show’s run. “We are grateful to the members who shared their paths to success with their peers during breakfast sessions and the Top 100 Dealers Awards. Together we will continue to strengthen our industry.”


Trade Regrets: Danny Rocks

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Danny Rocks_0Canadian Music Trade has learned that Danny Rocks, founder of The Company Rocks, a very frequent presenter at NAMM University, and a familiar face at many MI trade events, has passed away. Danny was a speaker, trainer, and business consultant always wearing a smile and happy to share a conversation.

We extend his family, friends, and peers our sympathies and will post more information as it becomes available.

Keyano College Auctioning Surplus Musical Instruments, Repair Equipment, Tools & Supplies

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Keyano College in Fort McMurray, AB will sell by auction surplus musical instruments and repair equipment, tools, and supplies from having shut down its Musical Instrument Repair (MIR) program.

The first Lot consists of 170 used brass and woodwind instruments, and will close on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

The second Lot consists of 628 items of equipment, tools and supplies that were used by the MIR program, and will close on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Details of what is offered in each Lot can be found at:


Fishman Launches TriplePlay Guitar Wars Contest

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

guitarwarsFishman has launched the TriplePlay Guitar Wars Contest, an opportunity for respondents to create a great original composition using their Fishman TriplePlay Wireless Guitar Controller and win a free trip to Winter NAMM, a Godin TriplePlay guitar, and other prizes.

The Grand Prize winner’s free trip to the National Association of Music Merchant’s Show (Winter NAMM 2014) in Anaheim, CA includes four nights at a hotel, airfare, transfers to and from the airport, five hundred dollars in cash, and a chance to play their winning song live at the Fishman and Godin booths each day during the show. In addition, the winner gets a Godin Session Custom TriplePlay guitar (MSRP value: $1,295), and a one-year subscription to Guitar World magazine.


Trade Regrets: Allan Ash Of A.M.I. Sales Agency (1951-2013)

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

ashCMT regrets to report that longtime Canadian MI industry staple Allan Ash passed away earlier today after a bout with cancer. Most recently, Allan and his company, A.M.I. Sales Agency, were representing lines like Dansr, Antigua Winds, Pearl concert and marching percussion and flutes, and Adam concert and marching percussion.

Allan is survived by his wife Joan, his children Tanya (Steve) and Ryan (Melissa), and three grandchildren.

Prior to founding his own agency, Allan had represented Gemstone Musical Instruments and G. Leblanc Corporation and enjoyed a stint with Yamaha Canada Music. He also donated time to initiatives like the Canadian Music Industry Education Committee (CMIEC) and Ontario Music Educators Association (OMEA).

Visitation will be held at Oshawa Funeral Home on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Salvation Army on Thornton Rd. in Oshawa on Monday, Sept. 30, at 11 am.

Donations are being gratefully accepted for Prostate Cancer (

We at CMT extend sympathy and best wishes to Allan’s family, friends, and peers in the industry.


MIAC Cancels 2013 Trade Shows

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Citing a shortfall in exhibitor participation, MIAC has announced the cancellation of the 2013 editions of the MIAC and PAL shows, formerly scheduled for September 8-9, 2013, in a statement released August 1st. The association’s board of directors made the decision after “long and careful consideration.”

“After much study and strenuous efforts, there was simply no path at hand to be able to produce a show that would meet the expectations of the exhibitors and attendees, and it was better to cancel the show at this stage before companies spent additional funds on travel, show expenses, etc.,” reads a statement from the association.

In general, retailers have been surprised and disappointed by the news, with many noting the need for such an event and the business and networking opportunities it provides.

More details regarding the future direction of the association will be communicated as soon as it is determined. For more information, contact MIAC: