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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.

The 2016 convention will celebrate our 40th anniversary from April 27-April 30 in St. Louis, Missouri. The convention hotel will be the Chase Park Plaza.  Our convention program is organized in a three track program format, which features 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.

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!

 

SupportMusic comes to the RPMDA Convention – Join NAMM’s Support Music Coalition!

 

NAMM Convention Update (A Print Music Perspective)

by Mike Watson, Remenyi House of Music For print music specialists, one of the advantages of attending a large-scale trade show is the perspective it can bring to our own niche market, along with a valuable opportunity to monitor developments in the larger music products industry. The 2016 NAMM Show (held January 21-24) boasted 101,736… Continue Reading

The Frankfurt International Music Fair

Dear RPMDA friends, Happy New Year from Germany! Last year many of you showed great interest in hearing about the Frankfurt International Music Fair. So your German publisher colleagues would like to remind you that it’s gradually coming up to that time of year again. The first Frankfurt International Music Fair took place in 1980.… Continue Reading

NAMM Convention Update (A Print Music Perspective)

by Mike Watson, Remenyi House of MusicMike Watson R2

For print music specialists, one of the advantages of attending a large-scale trade show is the perspective it can bring to our own niche market, along with a valuable opportunity to monitor developments in the larger music products industry. The 2016 NAMM Show (held January 21-24) boasted 101,736 registrants and 1,726 exhibiting companies. How did print music fit into this, the largest music products gathering on the continent?

NAMMRight out of the gate, it was given centre-stage treatment during the opening day ‘Breakfast of Champions’ session when NAMM President & CEO Joe Lamond spoke with Hal Leonard President Larry Morton. With the theme of ‘game-changers’ in the industry, the conversation touched on the beginnings of the company’s Digital Retailer program, the extension of traditional print using modern technology, and the advantages of an efficient distribution model. You can view the complete interview here.

It’s also worth noting that the print music community has been well-represented on the NAMM Board of Directors in recent years. While the terms of Ron Manus (Alfred Music) and Gayle Beacock (Beacock Music) have now concluded, the election of Myrna Sislen (Middle C Music) will surely help to keep our favourite product category front & centre in the discussion.

Given the small number of publishers exhibiting on the show floor, product interest seemingly remains strong. This is possibly due to the realisation among savvy Alfred boothbuyers that these products can profitably support almost every other category in the industry. Alfred Music (premiering a New York-themed booth design), the Hal Leonard Corporation, and the Music Sales Group each presented substantial exhibits, and the evolving role of print music was in evidence at all three booths. In spite of the availability of free instructional material on YouTube, the rise of the IMSLP as a go-to classical music repository, and other technology challenges facing our industry, print music retains the potential to continue serving the needs of music makers; whether progressive educator, technology-addicted student, 21st century performer or the elusive ‘other 90%’ our industry is constantly romancing. It’s clear that the modern musician-consumer will increasingly employ technology to both learn and create music, and the publishers & retailers that understand this new customer will be best-positioned to serve their needs into the future. We’re far from outright replacing the physical with the digital, as traditional print continues to be enhanced with technology in effective ways

HL BoothAnd in addition to the California weather, one of the attractions of this event is the enormous number of performances that occur through all hours of the day. A fair amount of star power is typically on display, but those who found themselves in the lobby of the Anaheim Hilton on Friday evening were treated to the triumphant return of Printz (including both current & past RPMDAers).

Following the RPMDA convention (April 27-30), Summer NAMM returns to Nashville June 23-25.

The Frankfurt International Music Fair

Dear RPMDA friends, Happy New Year from Germany! Last year many of you showed great interest in hearing about the Frankfurt International Music Fair. So your German publisher colleagues would like to remind you that it’s gradually coming up to that time of year again. The first Frankfurt International Music Fair took place in 1980.… Continue Reading

RPMDA, Where Stealing is Encouraged

by Kevin Cranley That sounds like a pretty outrageous thing to hear from an association that vigorously promotes copyrights and their protection.  Obviously I’m not talking intellectual property here.  What I mean is the sharing of ideas and the open discussions about how to keep our sector of this industry strong and vibrant. I remember… Continue Reading

Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic

by Don Clossun The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic is an awesome convention – a real highlight of the year.  This large gathering is held every December in Chicago because it is warm there at that time (I’m Canadian eh! and everything is relative).  It’s a special combination of people.  In this case, publishers/suppliers in… Continue Reading

The Retail Price Maintenance Act – A European Peculiarity

by Petra Woodfull-Harris The Retail Price Maintenance Act is a law that on the one hand obliges publishers to determine and publish retail prices for all books and sheet music, and that on the other hand obliges retailers to sell these publications at the published prices only. In several countries in Europe the state restricts free market… Continue Reading

Best Ideas for Christmas

From Bookmark Music, Music Innovations, Alfred Music Co., & Pender’s Music Company Bookmark Music, Marcia Stearn, Owner   Bookmark Music is located in a small town.   Pacific Grove, California bills itself as  “America’s Last Hometown”.  Located on the Monterey Peninsula, it competes with Monterey and Carmel for business.  So, community / neighborhood events abound thanks… Continue Reading

Down Memory Lane – Our Sheet Music Heritage

By Tony Walas / Harris-Teller, Inc. / author Visions of Music – Sheet Music in the Twentieth Century It’s interesting to remember that our organization was originally called the RSMDA (Retail Sheet Music Dealers Association). There’s that important phrase – sheet music. It’s something we sell and are familiar with, yet do people (ourselves included)… Continue Reading