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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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The Best Way to get from the Airport to the Hyatt Regency – it’s MARTA!

Subtitled:  A Drummers Guide To Convention Transportation – by David Jahnke, Hal Leonard I’m sure you’ve all heard the joke:  What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend?  Answer:  HOMELESS!  In High School, it could have been said:  What do you call DJ (that would be me) without a girlfriend who has her own… Continue Reading

The Best Way to get from the Airport to the Hyatt Regency – it’s MARTA!

Subtitled:  A Drummers Guide To Convention Transportation – by David Jahnke, Hal Leonard

I’m sure you’ve all heard the joke:  What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend?  Answer:  HOMELESS!  In High School, it could have been said:  What do you call DJ (that would be me) without a girlfriend who has her own car?  Answer:  STRANDED!

Drumsets are not the easiest things to transport so most of my life has been spent in search of convenient, AFFORDABLE transportation.  As you plan your journey to RPMDA next week I encourage you to cancel your shuttles, forget UBER/LYFT, and there’s no need to take a taxi.  Take a ride with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority = MARTA.  $6 US will get you a round trip ticket and it’s so easy to use, in fact, they made it drummer proof!  The MARTA station is located inside the airport, in-between the North and South Luggage carousels.  And when I say it’s drummer proof, here are 8 simple steps you can give to any drummer which will successfully get them round trip from the Airport to the Convention.

8 Easy Steps to get from the Atlanta Airport to the RPMDA Convention Hotel

Click here to print out 8 Easy Steps to get from the Atlanta Airport to the RPMDA Convention Hotel

Step 1:  Find the MARTA station which is by baggage claim.

Step 2:  Use a Kiosk and look for the Breeze Ticket Round Trip option.  The “Disposable Ticket” costs $1 and the Round Trip option costs $5.

Step 3:  Go to the train platform and hop on whatever train is there.  It doesn’t matter if it’s the Red Line or the Gold Line because both (in fact ALL) trains from the Airport only go North.

Step 4:  Depart the train (watch your step) at the Peachtree Center stop.  It’s the stop AFTER “Five Points” which is the Central Hub of the MARTA train system.

Step 5:  Go up the very long escalators and when you reach the top, take a left into the Peachtree Mall.  Take a moment or two to look around the Mall because there are numerous food options, convenience shops, and even a CVS Pharmacy.  Just don’t get too distracted because your mission is to get to the hotel to reconnect with your RPMDA family!

Step 6:  As you’re looking around, you’ll see a sign saying “Hyatt Regency”.  If you’re not looking around, just go straight into the Mall and look up – you’ll see the sign.

Step 7:  Follow the sign (Arrow pointing left), go over the crosswalk and up a few stairs and you’ll be in the Hyatt’s lobby.

Step 8:  To get back to the Airport – just do the reverse and just make sure you get on a Southbound train.

That’s it!  Convention transportation that’s convenient, affordable and best of all…DRUMMER PROOF!

Travel safe and we’ll see you in Atlanta.

Track 1: Merchandising & Promotions for Your Print Music Department

by Elliott Wessel, Schmitt Music I am always up for doing a breakout session at the RPMDA convention.  Always.  What’s more fun than a PowerPoint presentation in front of your peers?  Love it! It’s interesting how these things develop over the course of the convention planning stages. “We’d like you to do a session on… Continue Reading

Educating the Tech-Savvy Student

By John Mlynczak Today’s tech-savvy student has an entire internet full of ways to learn music. From YouTube to community sharing websites and subscription services, self-learning has never been more accessible. As an added bonus, students can search for and learn music twenty-four hours a day in the comfort of their own home using up their… 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… Continue Reading

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