Welcome to the Retail Print Music Dealers Association!IMG_0452

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!

 

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MPA Internet Update and a Paradigm Change

by Lauren Keiser, Kieser-Southern Music Co. UPDATE: The MPA/USA, in coordination with the NMPA, has eliminated 27,643 illegal URL postings and shut down 186 pirate sites since the ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers) started their Anti-Theft program three years ago.  The MPA/UK is handling Europe and MPAJ (Japan) is handling the Pacific Rim in… Continue Reading

MPA Internet Update and a Paradigm Change

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UPDATE: The MPA/USA, in coordination with the NMPA, has eliminated 27,643 illegal URL postings and shut down 186 pirate sites since the ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers) started their Anti-Theft program three years ago.  The MPA/UK is handling Europe and MPAJ (Japan) is handling the Pacific Rim in this global effort.

We have recently started a new program with the MPA/UK and the City of London Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).  They have a three step process of take down notices.  The first letter is a demand to shut down or get a legal license for the music. Second letter is a demand to close down within 14 days. The third letter is a notice that a warrant has been issued for their arrest.  Very nice.  It certainly beats paying lawyers thousands of dollar to sue a company that will declare bankruptcy in the end.

PARADIGM CHANGE: The Anti-Theft Committee of ICMP was planning to start PIPCU action against jellynote.com, a Paris based illegal sheet music site that contains user generated content. That means their users do their own arrangements of popular songs and post them in all their inaccuracies and mistakes.  Two major “pop” company committees started negotiations with jellynote.com to license their repertoire. The best course for a publisher is to license their works, however a few of us were surprised. The deals are complete from what I understand. The territory is the world excluding North America. The major issue is that this site also contains thousands of copyrights of other publishers which are not licensed and are available in America.

The paradigm shift is that it appears that some “majors” are willing to license illegal sites in addition to the common tradition of licensing Hal Leonard, Music Sales, Alfred and MusicNotes among others who provide large advances for their rights.  The real problem with jellynote.com is that they have an app they are selling that allows any device to copy the music (even photographed in a music store) and then the user uploads it to the site where two million other users can download it for free. Once the majors experience the reality of selling a few titles and then realizing it is on the site for “free,” it may be too late.  This will have a tremendous effect on the “pop” sheet music business.

Please remember to send the MPA any site, institution or school that is illegally copying and “broadcasting” unlicensed and pirated material. You can email our Administrative Director, Brittain Ashford at: admin@mpa.org

Dorothy Award Winners

by Dan Del Fiorentino Since 1999, NAMM has been proudly involved with documenting the history of RPMDA and its members.  As of right now the NAMM Oral History collection contains over 80 past and current members of RPMDA within the collection.  AND thanks to your suggestions that number is growing.  Within this list of our… Continue Reading

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 what canadian pharmacy… 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). buy generic cialis It’s a special combination of people. In this… Continue Reading