Avid Technology has announced that the company’s board of directors has appointed Jeff Rosica as chief executive officer of Avid, effective immediately. The board has terminated the employment of Louis Hernandez, Jr., former CEO, effective immediately, due to violations of company policies related to workplace conduct. Hernandez has also resigned from his position on the Avid Board of Directors and Nancy Hawthorne has been elected chairman of the board.
Guitar Workshop Plus has announced the 2018 program with another steller artist line-up for this year. The 2018 guest artists include rock virtuosos Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X, solo), Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), and Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, solo). Blues veteran Duke Robillard (Roomful of Blues, solo, Fabulous Thunderbirds), bassist Rhonda Smith (Jeff Beck, Prince, solo), country legend Albert Lee (solo, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris), blues/rock masters Eric Gales and Gary Hoey, modern acoustic and fingerstyle masters Andy McKee and Christie Lenee, and more.
In addition to all the regular classes, special seminars including Modern Rock Guitar, Still Got The Blues, Acoustic Expressions, The Art of Country Guitar, Groove Academy (for Bass), Virtuoso Rock, Rockin’ The Blues, and more have also been added to the course options.
Now in its 25th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation annually in a independent process that evaluates the caliber of their management abilities and practices.
Roland Canada has announced four new staff hires, including a new Quebec sales rep, service technician, accounting technician, and marketing communications coordinator.
Sylvain Roy has joined Roland’s Quebec sales team. Born in Thetford Mines, Roy has been involved in the music industry for the last 20 years. He studied music at the Quebec City Conservatory and has played more than 500 shows nationwide as a drummer. He says teaching has always been part of his life and he’s worked for five years at Musique Richard Gendreau, alongside Olivier Potvin, and has done great things for their drum department, says Roland. During the last decade, he has been freelancing as a stage, tour, and production manager for various artists, festivals, and agencies in the province of Quebec. He is now based in Montreal.
Shure Incorporated and SFM, the company’s Canadian distributor, have announced a rebate program for Canadian wireless users of up to $600 per channel on the purchase of new Shure wireless microphones and personal monitor systems accompanied by the trade-in of wireless systems operating in the 600 MHz frequency band (614-698 MHz). Products from Shure and other wireless manufacturers are eligible for the trade-in program. The rebate is effective until April 30, 2018.
NAMM’s mid-summer gathering will be returning to the heart of Nashville at the Music City Center from June 28-30, 2018. Badge registration and hotel reservations open March 7.
With more than 14,000 registrants, 1,650+ brands, and over $5 billion in buying power, organizers say Summer NAMM is the ideal time to network and check out the latest products in time for the busy back to school and holiday seasons.