A 20 year veteran of the industry, Kano has been with JAM Industries since 2007. Originally brought on to service Western Canada as a rep for Korg Canada, he went on to also represent Erikson Music and eventually Coast Music. Since 2014, Kano had been exclusively working with the Coast Music division and as of December 2016 has been acting as vice president for Coast Music alongside long-standing Senior VP Manuel Senra.
After multiple reports that iconic musical instrument company Gibson Brands is on the verge of bankruptcy, the company has responded to say it has met its current financial obligations and has a plan to pay off its debts.
A report in the Nashville Post in early February said that “the situation facing the iconic Nashville-based music instrument maker, which has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, is far from normal: CFO Bill Lawrence recently left the company after less than a year on the job and just six months before $375 million of senior secured notes will mature. On top of that, another $145 million in bank loans will come due immediately if those notes, issued in 2013, are not refinanced by July 23.”
The cost is $149 ($99 for students) and this full-day event includes lunch and workshop materials, plus a $50 coupon off any Sennheiser product.
Axe Music Founder and President Brian Holowaychuk has announced via Facebook that he is retiring and has sold the company to Long & McQuade. Axe’s Edmonton location will transfer ownership to Long & McQuade on March 31, 2018, while Axe’s Calgary store will, as previously reported, close on May 31, 2018.
Holowaychuk says business will continue as normal until Axe Music Edmonton becomes a Long & McQuade location on June 1st. New 2018 stock is being ordered while other items, which Holowaychuk says Long & McQuade won’t want to carry, will be sold at a discount.
The musical instrument, pro audio, and event technology industries came together in Anaheim, CA for The NAMM Show 2018, which was held from Jan. 25-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center and surrounding area. With an increased presence from production technologies exhibitors and attendees, this year’s show was crossroads of business opportunities with countless product debuts, over 500 educational sessions, and 115,085 registered industry professionals roaming the halls, marking a nine per cent increase over 2017.
Case and accessory manufacturer Gator Cases has acquired of Levy’s Leathers Ltd., a Canadian manufacturer of leather guitar straps and accessories.