Tim Ireland has been appointed as Orange Music Electronic Company (OMEC)’s new managing director with effect from Aug. 21st. This role includes global responsibilities for the whole group and the mission to drive the company forward in an ever changing industry.
In a Facebook post published last night, Axe Music’s Calgary location announced it is closing operations when its current lease runs out on May 31, 2018. The company says the current depressed economic situation in Calgary, which is caused mostly by a prolonged downturn on the oil industry, as well as manager Brian Cymbaluk’s recent cancer diagnosis are the reasons for the decisions to close.
Axe Music’s Edmonton location and e-commerce business at AxeMusic.com will remain open.
Music technology company Audiofile Engineering has been acquired by Krekeltronics, a Minnesota-based product development firm. A new team will be resuming development on popular Audiofile products such as Fidelia, Vio, and Audiofile Calc, and has expanded contract product development services to assist with hardware, firmware, software, and integration, partnering with key audio technology and market leaders.
Music Go Round, an established American MI retailer specializing in used instruments and gear, is now registered to franchise in Canada. With nearly 35 franchised stores in the United States and a well established e-commerce website, the brand is seeking prospective franchise owners in Canada to further develop its North American footprint.
“Any doubts about the global nature of the music and sound products business have long since been erased, and with more than 120 countries and regions now attending The NAMM Show, a global perspective of our industry is an ever-increasing need,” says NAMM. The 2017 Global Report features retail sales figures, unit sales information, analysis, and import/export numbers for musical instruments and products.
The 2018 NAMM Show will offer exhibitors and attendees the largest expanded campus in the show’s history when the doors open January 25-28, 2018 in Anaheim, CA. The Show, which annually gathers over 100,000 attendees from 139 countries and regions, will take on a new look in the form of communities across the show floor, including expanded event technology and pro audio areas; the addition of a new building, Anaheim Convention Center North (ACC North); as well as a new education and professional development campus, curated by a variety of industry leading experts in their respective fields.