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The 2017 convention will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 26-April 29, at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown.   Our convention program is organized in a three track program format, which features

Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta

sessions targeted for the novice print music employees, print buyers or managers, and owners or general managers.  With no repeated presentations, you will return home with a wealth of information and plenty of new ideas to implement in your business immediately.

Our association represents retailers, publishers, and distributors who share a passion for the print music industry.  We invite you to become a member of RPMDA to stay informed about current trends and industry challenges, and to enjoy the many benefits of membership.

Our website and facebook pages are a great way to stay connected throughout the year, and our annual convention provides face-to-face opportunities for in-depth discussions and problem-solving. During the convention, members reap the benefits of continuing professional development in a wide number of areas – purchasing, inventory control, finance, management, community outreach, lessons programs, and much more.  Although many of our sessions are print music focused, their lessons are easily applied to all areas of our businesses.

IMG_0495RPMDA is a group like no other when it comes to idea sharing and the nurturing of lifelong business and personal relationships.  Our members consider this organization to be a “second family”, a constant support for nearly all of their business needs, and one of the best investments they could ever make.  Join us and you’ll understand why!


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Have You Heard the News? 

by David Jahnke, Senior Vice President of National Sales, Hal Leonard It started with a press release: MILWAUKEE – Hal Leonard, the world’s largest publisher of printed music, announced that they have acquired Sheet Music Plus, the leading e-commerce website for music publications. Sheet Music Plus will continue to operate as an independent business led… Continue Reading

Have You Heard the News? 

by David Jahnke, Senior Vice President of National Sales, Hal Leonard

It started with a press release:

MILWAUKEE – Hal Leonard, the world’s largest publisher of printed music, announced that they have acquired Sheet Music Plus, the leading e-commerce website for music publications.

Sheet Music Plus will continue to operate as an independent business led by CEO Jenny Silva and her existing team in the Emeryville, CA, office. Founded in 1997, Sheet Music Plus currently sells music from hundreds of publishers from throughout the world in both paper form and digital formats.

Hal Leonard will use their new relationship to develop the ability for consumers to order from the SMP website and pick up their products at their local music store. In addition, they will also launch a Retailer Partner Program that will feature the ability for retailers to order products using SMP’s online platform.

“This next chapter will bring many advantages for our customers,” said Sheet Music Plus CEO Jenny Silva. “We have worked closely together with Hal Leonard for years and I know that their team has a deep appreciation for the great service that Sheet Music Plus provides to musicians. We look forward to sharing our strengths to provide even more services to the greater music community as well.”

There you have it…any questions?  We thought so!

I’ll guess you’re thinking, “Why would a dealer-centric company like Hal Leonard purchase an ecommerce music retailer?”  The answer might actually surprise you.  We believe Sheet Music Plus is good for the print music industry – publishers and retailers alike.

Ecommerce is an important, growing market but it’s not an easy one for the majority of traditional retailers to get involved with.  SMP has spent the past 20 years defining and refining how to promote and sell print music on-line.  They have amassed an amazing database of titles, the proof of which is retailers telling us that SMP is their “go-to” website for product availability and information.

The team at SMP also understands the importance of music retailers and the valuable part traditional retailers play in creating more music makers.  Music retailers offer consumers touch points that ecommerce retailers will never be able to do.  It’s this personal interaction with the product and the store that is absolutely essential to the success of print music for everyone.

Our decision to purchase SMP was not only based on our long history of working together.  It was also with the intent to create innovative programs designed for the wellbeing of our market.  Concepts like “click and collect” where consumers can select titles from the Sheet Music Plus website and pick them up at the music store of their choice.  Or “white label” websites which give retailers the ability to personalize a website that is powered by SMP’s content and fulfillment engine.  We believe there are a lot of creative ways that we can work with the team at Sheet Music Plus to help us support our music retailer accounts.

I know you may still have questions so please don’t hesitate to give us a call.  I also invite you to visit us at the RPMDA convention in Atlanta, April 26 – 29.  Working together we can make a difference because print matters.

The Difficulties of Regulating Print Music Access on the Internet

by Danielle Ely The National Music Publishers’ Association (“NMPA”) works to protect, promote, and advance the interests of the 500 major and independent music publishers it represents. NMPA runs an antipiracy program focused on ensuring that websites, mobile apps, and other platforms using music content are properly licensed. A major component of the antipiracy program… Continue Reading

Impact Your Business with Social Media – Convention Session Highlight

by Helen Todd, Co-Founder and CEO of Sociality Squared In 2017, the prevalence and importance of social media cannot be denied or ignored. No longer is it the scrappy internet network only for teenagers, twenty-somethings, and daring brands. It has become a sophisticated marketing tool that all businesses must use to stay relevant, reach new… Continue Reading

The Intricacies, Quirks & Practicalities of Copyrights – Convention Session Highlight

by Ted Piechocinski I’m extremely excited to be coming back to an RPMDA convention.  During my time in publishing (now about 16 years ago), when I headed the print publishing operations of Cherry Lane Music, I had the pleasure of attending several conventions, including Albuquerque, St. Louis, and Vancouver, BC, among others, and always cherished those… Continue Reading

RPMDA Convention Friday Night Entertainment (Optional)

Skyline Park and 9Mile Station By Tracy Leenman, Musical Innovations Located only a short 2-mile taxi (or Uber) ride from our hotel, on top of Ponce City Market, Skyline Park is an entertainment space in Atlanta, GA that truly is like no other. Skyline Park brings old-timey fun to the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. Perched… Continue Reading

About Henle Guestbooks

Dr. Wolf-Dieter Seiffert, Henle “To the generous savior of the most beautiful music of all times!“ (Rubinstein). About the Henle guestbooks. Perhaps I am a bit old-fashioned: I like guestbooks. I especially like to browse through the big fat guestbook of my parents or of my own family (where photographs are pasted, too), and it… Continue Reading

Selling as a Customer: The Birth of an Unexpected Business Plan

By Mauricio Ramirez, Partituras MX When I first started working with the Hal catalog, back in 2013, as the manager of the recently founded section for printed music at Klavier, a piano store in Guadalajara, Mexico, I asked myself the obvious question for a first order: “What would sell the most and the fastest?” In… Continue Reading

Update from the Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA)

By Reiff Lorenz, Lorenz Corporation The CMPA is dedicated to protecting copyrights and educating publishers on events and trends in the industry. This year brought many changes in the political climate for copyrights, so CMPA has been working hard to retain copyright protection for composers, publishers, and the music industry. Specifically, CMPA is investigating the… Continue Reading